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Question DetailsAsked on 8/19/2014

My front and back door seem to sag in the frame, so that daylight can be seen, can this be fixed.

My front and back door seem to sag in the frame, so that daylight can be seen along the lower left hand side and the top left hand side. The hinges are on the right hand side, and appear to be tight. What can I do to fix this? It really lets the cold air in during the winter!

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One of two causes, assuming your whole house is not leaning over and that the door panels are not separating and coming apart at the door frame joints.


1) screws in hinges have come loose. If cannot be tightened (stripped) then take out one by one and put a splinter of wood or wood matchsick in the screwhole to tighten it up, then replace screws. Make sure scrap of wood is only in the wood, not up into the hinge or it will make the screw stick out and keep the hinge from closing properly.



2) If hinge screws are holding tight, then the entire doorframe may be coming loose from the house or warping due to inadequate wedges - nails may be pulling loose. See my response in this prior answer for how to do that -



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If doorframe on hinge side is bent and warped, then probably needs more wedges between it and the studs to space it correctly.


It is possible to do this by putting longer screws in the hinges to pull the hinges tight to the house studs rather than just the doorframe - but doing that commonly results in the existing nails popping the stop strip off, so you might as well just pull that to start with. Usually just finish nails through it every foot or so, so get a thick putty knife to pry in behind it and pop it loose. The frame to stud mounting nails will be under that - use screws to pull the frame back into position, then drive the protruding originals back in, and replace the stop strip.


One of the best things you can do about air around the door itself is self-adhesive foam weatherstrip (commonly brown and white are available) put on the frame - at the outside edge of the frame where the door edge hits it (so flat against door frame up against the stop strip, and a thin piece here so it does not spring the hinges), then 1/4" or so against the edge of the stop strip at top and latch side of the door so the face of the door hits it when it closes. Also an outside-face mounted combined drip shield and bulb type weather strip mounted to the bottom of the door so it seals against the outer sill.


You can find lots of videos and manufacturer instructions by googling a search term like this - where to put door weatherstripping


For a contractor do fix this, preferably a Door and Winow installer (Doors is the Search the List category), though a Handyman with good door installation training and experience can easily do it too- but if not trained initially in how to do it, can also make it worse.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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