Door Repair Basics

Simple door repair steps can help you solve two common door problems that give homeowners the hassles. With a little creativity and this easy guide, you will have a door that can close or open just as it’s supposed to do.

Tools and Materials that You Need

  • Screwdriver
  • New set of door rollers
  • Anti-corrosion solution or lubricant
  • Old books or magazines

Patch Up Bad Rollers

Bad rollers are common door problems brought about by the quality and make of the rollers. Typically, door rollers are made of plastic to ensure against rust and corrosion. But since plastic can be brittle, door rollers can be prone to cracking. Cracked rollers can cause doors to jam. To fix this type of door problem, simply follow the steps below.

First, take down the affected door. Loosen the hinge screws or anything that attaches the door to its frame. If the door is made up of several panels, take down the one that has bad rollers. Normally, you only need a screwdriver to unloosen the door.

Second, remove the bad rollers. Your handy screwdriver will again be put to use when you remove the screws that fasten the roller assembly onto the door. If the entire door is made up of a series of panels, only remove the door rollers from affected door panels.

Lastly, buy and fix up a new set of door rollers. Cracked or faulty door rollers do not have much use in them since a roller is typically sold as an assembly of parts. The best option is to buy a new roller set. Just make sure that the new rollers you buy are of the same model as the existing or defective ones. Attach the new rollers onto the door. Remember to follow the instructions on the roller box or label.

Ensure Proper Latching

Doors that do not latch perfectly usually have warped or distended surfaces or jagged edges. The unevenness can be caused by exposure to natural elements or simply by poor building construction. For such problems, you may need a new door. But for other snags, there are easy ways to repair doors that won’t close tightly.

First, check and tighten the hinge screws. Usually, loose screws on the hinges can cause the door to hang down or sag, making it impossible to fit snugly to the frame. So, make it a point to inspect the hinges and tighten any loose screw. To ensure that your door will fit to the frame, insert some books or magazines to prop or hold up the door properly as you tighten the screws.

Second, inspect the doorknob and add lubrication. The doorknob can cause problems that you need to fix before your door can close tightly. The doorknob may be rusted or corroded on the inside, so spray an anti-corrosion solution or apply lubricant to improve the latching mechanism.

Finally, check for obstructions between door and frame. Sometimes, objects may become lodged on the part where the door is attached to the frame. Such objects can prevent the door from being tightly shut. Simply remove any obstruction and your door should close snugly.