How to Free a Sticking Wooden Interior Door How to Free a Sticking Wooden Interior Door

What You'll Need
Screwdriver
3-inch wood screws
Wood plane or belt sander
Candle or wax bar

If you have a wooden interior door that is sticking you can fix it quickly and with a minimum of tools and skill. This is a common problem with heavy wooden doors.

Step 1: Tighten Hinge

If your door is dragging at the top or bottom of the frame or on the floor, chances are a loose hinge may be the problem. Over time hinges will work themselves a bit loose. Only a slight loosening can cause a door to stick or drag. Use the screwdriver to tighten down all screws. Don't use a drill or electric screwdriver for this job as they tend to over tighten and you may strip the threads on the screw. If you find that one or more screws in the hinge has stripped threads, replace with a 3-inch wood screw.

Step 2: Lubricate Door

Open and close the door to see where it is sticking. You may find that all you need to do is rub the edge of the door with an old candle or wax bar to lubricate it a bit.

Step 3: Sand the Door

If these fixes don't work then you will need to sand the area that is dragging until the door opens and closes smoothly. You can also use a wood plane for this job.

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