Top left of front door rubbing.

Old 08-08-21, 08:26 AM
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Top left of front door rubbing.

I installed the front door 2-3 years ago. The top left of the door is rubbing against the top-left frame. I have included a picture of what I am talking about. Would like to try and fix it before it gets worse

Old 08-08-21, 11:05 AM
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That can usually be corrected by taking out one of the short screws (one of the ones closest to the weatherstripping) and replacing it with a long 3" screw. As you tighten the screw it will often pull the door over just enough that it quits rubbing.

This only works if you do not have a sidelight on the hinge side of the door.

Another trick that can help is to remove all the screws on the top hinge (jamb side, not door side) and slip a thin shim behind the left side of the hinge, such as a thin strip of cardboard (cut 1/4" wide). use tape to hold it there, then put the screws back in. This will also usually open up the gap on the latch side slightly.

A corresponding adjustment if you need to adjust it even more is to chisel out the RIGHT half of that top hinge mortise just a little deeper. 1/16" deeper is all you need. By shimming the left side and chiselling the right side, it will tip the hinge in the mortise even more and that will act to move the door to the right when it is closed.

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