How to Repair Interior Swinging Doors

  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 10-25
What You'll Need
WD-40 or similar

If you have some interior swinging doors, you may start to notice when they stop working. Interior swinging doors are difficult to control, as they are so fragile, particularly where the hangers are concerned. Therefore, if your want to keep your doors swinging, you will need to perform little repairs from time to time in order to improve their quality. You can do this by making sure that you repair the swinging doors as soon as they start sticking, not swinging to the full length, or far too quickly. All of these problems can be repaired easily, so long as you attend to them quickly. You will only need a few home repair tools, and some guidelines on repairing your doors.

Step 1 - Ease Sticking Hinges

If the problem with your door is that you often find that it is sticking, then you should consider spraying the surface of your hinges with WD-40. This powerful solvent will usually provide enough lubrication to get the doors working again. It is also a good idea to check the surface for rust, and if you find any of that, to remove it using the WD-40. This is probably the best way to stop your swinging doors from sticking, and is cheap and effective. If this does not work, then you might want to consider removing the hinge altogether, and replacing it with a new one.

Step 2 - Stop Doors Swinging Too Quickly

The other problem that can happen is that the swing doors start moving too quickly, so that you often find yourself being hit by the door as you walk through it. One option to resolve this is to take off the hinge pins by tapping the underside with your mallet. The pins should spring out, and you can then bend them slightly, using either your mallet again, or by turning them with some needle nose pliers. You don't have to bend the pin too severely, as only a little movement can stop the hinges springing back too fast. This should be effective in stopping your doors swinging back too soon. If this does not work, then you can also take a small piece of stiff paper, and place it below the hinge where the door meets the frame. This should help slow down the movement of the doors.

Step 3 - Replacing Hinges

If you have no other solution but to replace the hinge, then you will need to first remove the hinge pins, as above, and then unscrew the hinges. You can then add a new hinge to the door. Make sure that you install the new hinge the correct way around, otherwise the door will not swing at all. Check the movement of the door with the new hinge before you pack away your home improvement tools, and if it seems a bit stiff (due to newness), spray a little WD-40 onto it.