Shed Doors Not Closing

Old 09-22-14, 05:52 PM
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Question Shed Doors Not Closing

I had a 12'x10' wooden shed built this last July. The doors closed fine. Now the left door (this door is closed first) closes fine.
But when I close the right side door it won't close and be flush. I could maybe pound it in but that won't fix the problem.
It has piano type hinges, I don't know if this matters. I tried to tighten the hinge screws but it seems they are stripped. They are holding okay but if I try to tighten them they just spin. I took one screw out, filled the hole with toothpicks and put the screw back it but it stripped too.

I need to fix this but I don't know how.
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Once again, thank you for your expert help in advance.
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Old 09-22-14, 06:00 PM
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Unless it is a substantial piano hinge, it won't hold for long due to the screw size. You may want to mortise in regilar 3" or so hinges, or mortise-less hinges. Your doors may have swollen, too, so trimming them may be in order, too.
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What do you have for support under the shed and where? It is probably just the picture, but the front edge of the roof looks like it dips down a touch, which is all it would take to throw the doors off. And I agree with Chandler, better hinges are needed.

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Open the doors & put a level on the floor. It looks like it dips to the right a little.
Old 09-22-14, 07:56 PM
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Unless it's distortion in the photo, the right end and center of the shed appear to be slightly sagging. Possibly caused by settling of the loose blocks supporting it. If that's the case, lifting/shimming things back to horizontal will probably make the doors open and close properly. Regarding the hinges, I'd go with longer, more aggressive screws in the hinges first, before replacing the hinges.
Old 09-22-14, 08:12 PM
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When you say "it won't close and be flush"... are you saying that one corner of the right door (top) is flush with the left door, but that the other corner of the right door (bottom) is sticking out and not flush with the left door?

And if you push it in (like with your foot) to make it flush, it springs back out when you take the pressure off?

Or are the 2 doors rubbing on each other?
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What size header is above the door opening? did you paint the bottom and top edge of the door?
Old 09-23-14, 04:20 PM
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Wow, so many questions. I'll have to get back to all of you. Thank you.
Old 09-23-14, 06:01 PM
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Why would anyone use a piano hinge on a shed door? Also that looks like T-111 siding and door material. It warps easily if not firmly nailed to a secured wall or 2 x 4's spaced on 16" C-C.

On both my sheds I used T-111 for the doors and yes eventually they warped at the top and bottom. But being a shed I was not concerned. I did however nail on an inside frame to straighten them out. I would not be too concerned about it. Even if the roof or side shifted. Trim or shave the door.
Old 09-24-14, 02:06 PM
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Well Norm201, yours is the easiest idea. LOL!

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