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Need Advice on how to get door to close with a crooked doorframe?

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Old 10-01-13, 10:05 AM
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Need Advice on how to get door to close with a crooked doorframe?

We live in a home built in the 70s in TX, which means foundation issues.

We are going to get the foundation fix, but are on a very long waiting list. However, our guest bathroom door will not close and if possible, we would like to find a quick fix in the meantime.

It is obvious to the eye that the door frame has shifted, therefore causing the door to stick and not shut. The sticking begins in the middle of the door, which means the door must remain cracked and open at all times (not so good for a guest bathroom.)

We do not want to shave the door, or drastically alter the door/frame. But would like to know if there is any way to adjust the hinges or some way to adjust the door to get it to close & fully shut?

Is there a fix for this problem? Thank you!!
 
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Old 10-01-13, 10:42 AM
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First thing to try is to remove a screw from the top hinge. Remove one closest to the door stpp. Then install a 3" screw in its place. This will sometimes pull the jamb over enough that the door wwillll closr. Repeat on the middle hinge if needed.
 
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Another quick fix is to cut some thin cardboard strips like from a matchbook. Loosen the screws on the jamb leaf and insert 2 or 3 under the leaf on the side nearest the door stop. Tighten the two screws near the knuckle down hard first then the middle screw. This will move the door closer to the hinge jamb. It will work if the door is just rubbing or sticky but not if it's grossly out of line.
 
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It is obvious to the eye that the door frame has shifted, therefore causing the door to stick and not shut. The sticking begins in the middle of the door, which means the door must remain cracked and open at all times (not so good for a guest bathroom.)

We do not want to shave the door, or drastically alter the door/frame. But would like to know if there is any way to adjust the hinges or some way to adjust the door to get it to close & fully shut?
If the door frame is that much out then trying to adjust things from the hinge side won't help. Remember , the door itself hasn't changed shape --- the opening has ( racked ).

Personally, I would shave the top and whichever side needed in order to make the door fit the opening. A door is a simple item to replace when or if the frame is readjusted.
 
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Sometimes a block of wood and a hammer can be used to persuade the jamb to move a little. A lot depends on where the door is hitting. Pics might be helpful - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html

btw - welcome to the forums!
 
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Thank you for the suggestions so far.

Here are some pictures of the door. As some back story, the door initially began sticking in the far right corner (as you can see by the pain chips.) As the foundation moved, the door was unable to close less and less and now the point where the door hits the frame is in the middle of the door.

With these pictures, does this change anyone's opinion? Or, any suggestions on how to fix?
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Is it just the top that is sticking? or at the side too?
 
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I would still suggest you try the 3" screws. If that doesn't work, I'd shave the door with a power planer.

I don't understand your logic for not wanting to shave the door. You'd rather it not shut than shave the door?
 
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With these pictures, does this change anyone's opinion?
Not mine .
I've seen it dozens of times . Unless you're prepared to remove the frame to reinstall it plumb , level and square then the quickest/cheapest option is to shave the door.
 
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Hi, The picture looks like it is just the top that's the problem. You can try to shim the top hinge out and pull the bottom hinge in. You also could buy a wood rasp and some sandpaper and fit the door.
.Good Luck Woodbutcher
 
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