door sagging in metal door frame

Old 06-10-20, 07:58 AM
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door sagging in metal door frame

we just bought a house with all doors hard to close. doors are sagging, need to know how to fix it. i bought a long screws for the door jamb, but the problem is the hindges are all welded to the metal frame. any tips how to fix this?
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Old 06-10-20, 11:50 AM
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Your only option there is to remove the hinge pins, set the door aside, and attempt to swage the hinge. That means bend it. When standing inside, the top hinge would need to go left. They make tools to do this but I doubt you want to go buy a specialty tool to do this one thing. So once the door has been removed, take a block of wood such as a short 2x4, place it on the right side of the hinge knuckles that are welded to the jamb, and give the 2x4 several hard whacks with a hammer. If you succeed in swaging it, that will help raise the leading edge of the door and increase the gap along the right side. If you put the door back on and nothing has changed, you didnt bend the hinge enough.

You may also find that all the layers of paint are not helping. You might want to get some paint stripper and strip the edges of the door and the edges of the jamb to get back to bare metal. Looks like it could use a coat of paint anyway, and stripping the door will help restore the original clearances you should have around the door edges.
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Hi, You might try to take one of the long screws you have and drill a hole in the metal jamb just above the top hinge and and put the screw in and see if it lifts the door. If it works you may have to dimple out the side of the door where the door hits the screw.
Good Luck Woodbutcher
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I would do the same as Woodbutcher buy I would drill through the hinge and the door frame and use a countersunk screw.

First I would use a level and square just to be sure that it is the hinge side of the frame that is out of wack.

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