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Question DetailsAsked on 9/11/2013

Could an autocloser on a steel entry door cause it to suddenly sag and stick in the frame?

The door had been plumb in the frame, but something happened recently that caused it to sag at the top right corner. I thought the top hinge had warped, so I replaced it, but the door still is not plumb in the frame and sticks. I wonder if the automatic closer could need adjustment or replacement. Thanks.

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Doubtful but I suppose it's possible if the closer is set too strong. Pull the pin at the connecting to the closer and see if there is any play in the door. Can you lift it? The screws may be pulled and stripped at the hinges. You could also have some settling and shifting issues which will cause the door to shift. Fist try taking the closer off temporarily and then check to see that everything is tight. If there is movement where there shouldn't be fix it. That should fix the problem. If not you may need to mortise a hinge a little deeper or shim one out. Ridgid carborad like from a shoe box works well as a spacer behind a door and is a lot easier than rehanging it. Also, if the door shifts again you can remove the shim and put the hinge back tight in the frame.


Todd Shell

Todd's Home Services

San Antonio, TX

Answered 6 years ago by Todd's Home Services

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I wish they had a guide as to how to ask a question so those who answer could help better

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How old is the house, was the closer just installed or has anything changed near the door? If a door is installed without proper shimming this could present a problem over time. If it is just in the door and not settling of a foundation or improper shimming of a door installed on an out level of floor you may be able to correct it with longer screws in the new top hinge you installed. I am assuming you are a bit handy with some tools as it sounds like you installed the new hinge. I would try 2 to 2 1/2" screws in the top hinge putting then on the holes closest to the door stop, the outer ones may just hit the wall finish and not hold anything there. If it is just the top corner across from the hinge that should do it.

Answered 6 years ago by ContractorDon

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One other possibility, especially if the closer unit itself is mounted to the wall outside the door frame rather than on the frame itself. It may have finally, with use, loosed up the nails holding the door frame to the studs. Open the door a bit and try lifting it up and down - see if you have wiggle in the hinges (as addressed by Todd and Don) or if maybe the entire hinge-side door frame is loose or bowed.

If that is the case, remove the door stop strip (the 1/2 x 2" or so trim strip that the door closes against and which conceals the frame mounting nails) on the hinge side of the frame, predrill (to avoid splitting frame) about 3 countersunk holes in the top half of the frame aligned in the center of where the stop strip covers, put in 2- 2-1/2 #7 or #8 flathead screws and tighten till it pulls the door and frame back into correct alignment (will take a few passes of tightening to get it right), hammer in any nails sticking out because of the adjustment, replace the stop strip. IF the stop strip nails do not hold tight, fill their holes with scraps of wood or pieces of wood matchstick glued in to give them new material to hold into.

You could try just a couple of screws underneath the top and center hinges first - that might take care of it unless the frame is badly bowed, and avoids taking off the stop strip, if that works.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD




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