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How to tweak a door that used to close, now binds

Old 04-05-23, 11:11 AM
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How to tweak a door that used to close, now binds

I took a hollow luan door off the frame and changed out the hinges with new ones and painted the door frame.

The door now binds a bit near on the vertical near the top on the latch side of the door. The bottom vertical area has clearance.

I made sure the screws are in flush, tight and the hinges fit into the existing door and door frame mortices.

Maybe there's a little extra paint in the mortise of the frame? The new hinges are a hair thicker than the old hinges?

Before I start chopping and doing things wrong, I figured I'd ask the expert here : )

Would you take the top hinge off and chisel out a little on the door frame mortise? Any tricks to make sure I level the entire mortise area? Just practice and skill?

Thank you!

Old 04-05-23, 11:22 AM
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It depends. Close the door and look at how much of a gap you have between the door and the jamb on the hinge side at the top hinge. If you have 1/8" gap there, you could mortise that top hinge just 1/16" deeper. But you could also shim it. You'd remove the jamb screws on that top hinge and put a thin slice of cardboard (like maybe 3/8x3 1/2) vertically in the mortise on the side that is closest to the doorstop, then screw the hinge down on top of it.
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