How to Work with Old and New Doors

A door which jams in winter yet opens in summer is usually the result of humidity changes swelling and shrinking the timber. Minor problems could be caused by excessive coats of paint on the edge of the door will have to be tripped back to bare wood. With a plane, shave off a little more of this than necessary to ease the door to allow for the thickness of new paint. Only paint when the timer is thoroughly dry. Remove the door from its hinges and apply two liberal coats of primer to both the top and bottom edges if it is these that are sticking. Allow to dry thoroughly and re-hang. High spots on the closing edge can be located by closing the door over carbon paper. The areas showing marks along the edge can then be planned back after opening the door and holding it firm with wedges.

New Doors How to Work with Old and New Doors

Loose hinges can cause a door to sag and not close properly. Try retightening the screws. If they remain lose, remove them, fills the holes with wood plugs and reinsert the screws. Check also that the hinges are set deep enough into the door and frame so that the gap is equal along both vertical edge of the door when it is in the closed position. A wider gap down the hinge side may indicate that the hinge rebates require to be slightly deepened with a sharp chisel. If, however, the hinges have been set too deeply into both doors and frame, they can be raised by removing the hinges and fitting one or more thickness of card under the hinge before screwing back into position. Remember that large gaps can also be dealt with by fixing drought excluders to the frame surround.

Minor sticking problems can often be cured by rubbing the closing edge with a candle. Ascertain sticking points by closing the door on a sheet of carbon paper. The carbon will leave tell-tale marks. Secure the door with wedges before planning back to bare wood. Altering the position of hinges by cutting the hinge rebates deeper will cure too wide a gap on the hinged side of a close door. If the door is binding on the hinge side insert thin wood packing pieces into the hinge slots.

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