3 Steps To Fixing A Sagging Door

No matter how well constructed or installed, it's natural for doors to sag as they age. This usually isn't noticeable until it's gotten to the point where the door can no longer be opened or closed properly. If you've got sagging doors that you would like to fix, read on. This article will teach you how to address the problem in three simple steps.

Step 1: Perform a gap inspection.

A hinge that has worked loose from the jamb is the cause of almost all sagging doors. This problem can be easily diagnosed by closing the door and taking a close look at the gap between the jamb and the knob-side of the door. If all is well, this gap should be a uniform 1/8 of an inch all the way from the top down to the bottom. A sagging door, on the other hand, will have a larger gap above the knob, and a much smaller one below it.

Step 2: Tighten your hinge screws.

Another universal truth about sagging doors is that it's almost always the top hinge that has come loose. Here's how you can verify this for yourself. Simply stand with one foot on either side of the open door and lift it gently upwards. Watch the top hinge as you do this. You should be able to see it wobbling as the door goes up and down.

Tightening the screws will require an assistant to help hold the door at the ideal height. Then, after checking the gap to make sure that the position is correct, tighten up those top screws with the appropriate screwdriver. If you're lucky, this is all it will take to get your working the way it should once more.

Step 3: Fill stripped screw holes.

If the screws in your top hinge just won't seem to stay tight, the problem is usually that the screw holes have become stripped. In other words, the holes are just too wide for the screws to hold their grip the way they should. To fix this problem you'll need a bottle of wood glue and a few toothpicks.

Begin by filling the stripped screw holes with a healthy dose of wood glue. Then, after breaking off the narrow ends of the toothpick, push it into the hole as far as it will go. Don't worry if it's still sticking out a bit. Just let the glue dry completely and then trim any excess using a pair of sturdy scissors. Now when you install the screw again, there will be plenty of material to help ensure that it stays in place for years to come.

For more assistance or information, contact a company like Callahan Door and Window.