Solving Common Wooden Interior Door Problems Solving Common Wooden Interior Door Problems

If your house contains wood interior doors, there are a few simple repairs you need to know how to make as wood does not stand up to wear and tear as well as other materials. Being able to refinish wood doors and repair hardware can ensure that your doors work properly while looking clean and finished at all times. 

Sticking Doorknobs

Sometimes the doorknobs on wood interior doors will stop working if the knob sticks in one place to the interior rod. If you are having trouble actually turning the doorknob, remove the screws on the plate that are keeping the doorknobs in place. Remove both doorknobs and spray a lubricant in the doorknobs and onto the rod that fits into them. Replace the doorknobs and screws and your repair is finished. 

Sticking Latches

Wood interior doors sometimes do not shut properly because the latch, the piece of the lock that retracts when the doorknob is twisted, gets stuck and does not latch into the hole in the door frame. Again use a lubricating spray to loosen the latch. Spray onto the latch to loosen it up and if that does not work, disassemble the doorknobs and spray all internal parts. 

Loose Hinges

With a lot of use, hinges can become loose, causing your wood interior doors to scrape against the door frame, wall or even floor. First inspect the screws that are holding the hinges in place. If any look broken or worn, replace the screws and that may solve the problem. If new screws do not fix the door, you can try to glue the hinges into place. Use a heavy-duty wood glue to ensure that the hinges stay where they should. If the hinges themselves look old, replacing them could be the best option. 

Misaligned Bolts

If you have a sliding bolt, doorknob latch or any other kind of two-part lock on your wooden interior doors and the door frame, incorrectly aligned parts can mean your door will not shut properly. The easiest way to remedy this is to move the hole and surrounding plate so that the lock fits in it properly. With the door closed, mark with a pencil on the door frame where you need the hole to be placed in order to line up correctly with the latch. Now you must make a new hole with a small knife or chisel and install the plate around it. Fill in the old hole with wood filler or putty and sand down with sand paper to make sure the surface is even. 

Scrapes and Notches

Your wood interior doors will still work properly if your doors have nicks and scratches in them but they will look untidy. First use a wood filler and apply in the cracks. Once the filler is dry, use a very fine grade sand paper so that the filler is flush with the surface of the door. You may also need to paint or stain the filler so that it blends perfectly with the rest of the door.

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