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Question DetailsAsked on 1/14/2018

I have two doors that rub when closing. Need someone who can rehang them

Live in 92677 zipcode

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First check that the hinge (or sill plate or threashold if the bottom drags) screws are not loose - if so and just screwing them back in does not make them tight, pull the loose ones out one by one and put a small twist of paper or a broken off (without the head) matchstick or sliver of wood in there to tighten it up - make sure the shim sticks out of the hole so the screw goes in beside it, not just pushing it to the bottom of the hole.

Otherwise, two common ways to address this if due to house settlement or door frame movement - putting in additional screws in the frame to pull it back tight to the house framing (may require cutting out a shim to create speace for it to pull towards the rough opening framing, sometimes just tightening a screw or two through the frame will pull it enough), or planing/sanding the door edges.

On the screws through the frame thing - commonly the door frame mounting nails/screws are hidden under the "stop strip" so the fasteners are not visible - the typically 1/2 or 3/4" by about 1-2 inch strip which the door "stops" against when closed. Assuming now a solid steel frame, pry that off and put in new screws through the frame into the house framing (commonly need about 3-4 inch screw to reach and get a good bite), hammer or screw back in any original nails or screws which popped up, andput trim strip back on.

If this does not pull it tight enough, then the door trim have to be removed (around the door frame) to get at the wood shims in the gap there and cut out the ones where the frame has to be pulled up tight, then put in screw as above with new thinner shim.

Planing or sanding (being careful not to splinter the face of the door) works for wood doors - not generally feasible on other materials though I have seen people sanding vinyl doors. This only works well and looks OK if the interference is a small amount - a slight drag, not a tight jam - and of course needs some touchup paint for proper appearance. If you sand it, use a solid wood sanding block to keep from wrapping around the edges and ruining the sharp edge on the door face or scratching up the face - you sand the door edge or top or bottom as needed, not the door frame.

Lots of DIY Youtbue videos on these sort of methods for trimming the interfence or pulling the hinges/frame tight, of course.

In severe cases, like house settlement jamming the doors, then rehanging the entire frame, as you indicated, may be the best solution.

People who do this sort of work - Door companies (your Search the List category) of course though many or most will not come out for such a small job or charge a minimum $200-250 fee. Carpenter - Woodworking commonly do it, as do Handymen.

Answered 2 years ago by LCD

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