of Home Improvements
*Interior Door Repairs*
The most common door repair problem that I here about is that the door is binding. This usually happens in the warmer summer months when heat and humidity cause the door to expand and thus bind with the door frame. Bathroom doors are especially prone to this problem. A binding door should be repaired as soon as possible. Constant binding can cause additional damage to the door and a more expensive repair or even replacement.
first thing that I check is to make sure that the hinges are tight and
not bent out of shape. If the hinges are loose try tightening the screws.
If you're lucky this may do the trick. If someone has tried this before
the odds are that the screws have been stripped.Try a longer screw (with
the same size that will sit flat in the hinge) that will reach through
the doorjamb and into the framing for the door. Drive the screw in snugly,
the other screws that secure the hinge. If they can't be tightened, repair
the screw holes by plugging the screw holes with glue coated golf tees
and drive new screws into each plug.
the hinges are tight your next step is to sanding or plane the door edges.
Mark the areas where the door is binding with a pencil. Remove the door,
and sand or plane off the high spots. If you use a hand or power plane,
cut in line with the wood grain to avoid gouging the wood. If a power
plane is not available a hand plane or belt sander should do the job.
If the door has
settled and is sitting crooked in the frame I would first make sure that
the hinges are tight and that the lockset is working correctly. For minor
adjustments I mark on the door any areas that may be binding and either
sand or plane them to fit. If the bottom of the door is on an angle to
the floor I like to cut the door even to floor for a better look.
When the latch does not engage the strike plate you should be able to see a scratch mark that has been worn into it by the door latch. You can increase the size of the opening to accommodate the latch with a small file or as I prefer, a spiral saw.
On a set of Bi-fold doors there is a screw adjustment in the top corner of the mounting side of the door and an adjusting pin at the bottom of the same side of the door.