Fixing Warped Exterior Doors Fixing Warped Exterior Doors

What You'll Need
Tape Measure

A door which is past its prime can sometimes end up becoming warped, and old exterior doors can sometimes suffer this very badly, as they are affected by wind and rain. If you have an exterior door which has become damaged or warped after a while, you may find that you no longer get a perfect fit between the frame and the door. This can lead to drafts, and sometimes even provide a way for burglars and intruders to get into a home. Fixing an exterior door is not a difficult job, and you can complete it inside a day or so. Getting this job done doesn't need the assistance of a professional if you have some basic home improvement skills. All you have to do is follow a few simple guidelines to get the job done quickly and easily.

Step 1 - Measure the Door

Measure the door and work out exactly how severe the problem is. Old, warped doors can sometimes bend so severely that it is visible to the naked eye, but most warping is much less severe than this. Take your tape measure, and measure the lengths of both sides of the door. Take a note of any shortening or lengthening of the door at either end. You should also measure widths, and note any changes from that angle, too.

Step 2 - Remove the Door

Do this by opening the door as wide as possible and using your screwdriver to remove the screws on the part of the hinge that is touching the door frame. This will allow you to pull the door away from the frame, with the hinges still attached to the side of the door.

Step 3 - Converting the Door

If the warping has resulted in elongation of the bottom or side of the door, you will need to take this off with your saw. Only remove enough for the door to fit comfortably in the frame. If the warping has shortened the door, you will need to use large pieces of lumber. Place this timber where the door no longer matches the frame, and saw the wood so that there is a large area still left by the door. Screw these pieces of lumber onto your door, so that the door now covers the frame.

Step 4 - Finishing

Before you finish the project you will have to sand down any pieces of wood you sawed, and then use a layer of caulking around the edge of the frame in order to keep the door from coming apart, or from getting damp between the old door and the new lumber. Once this is done, replace the door on the frame, and check that it now fits correctly. Leave the caulking to dry.

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