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Small closet (half) door sticking - but can be forced closed

Small closet (half) door sticking - but can be forced closed


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Old 03-15-18, 03:10 AM
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Small closet (half) door sticking - but can be forced closed

This is a small linen closet made in the 70's in the bathroom and uses a 1/2 door and it's a cheap hollow type door. When you close it it ends up hitting the frame and you can easily push it closed, but it's sort of pain and noone closes it because of this.

The hinges are tight, etc. Is it ok to use a small hand plane and shave down the frame instead of the door since it's hollow? I can see where it rubs in certain areas when you close it.
 
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Old 03-15-18, 03:57 AM
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Yes, you can plane the edge but you want to make sure double sure first that isn't the main issue. Does the jamb move any? hinges bent?

A hollow core door has an inch or more of wood along the perimeter. As long as the door hasn't been cut down to a narrower width there is no issue with planing a little off.
 
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Old 03-15-18, 05:21 AM
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For that little bit I'd be sanding it not planing it.
It will end up smoother and easier to refinish.
 
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Old 03-15-18, 07:10 PM
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How about if I use a circular saw and guide to cut off 1/8 inch? 60 tooth blade, score first with razor, then tape and use a guide on the door?

This is a 14 inch wide door, but I assume when they made it (cut it custom) they put the original 1 inch solid wood all around the outside of the door.

It's a cheap builder grade hollow door from the 70's, so even if I messed up I guess I could get a new one easy enough?
 
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Old 03-16-18, 02:51 AM
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I wouldn't use a skil saw to cut off 1/8" after you made the cut you'd still have to dress it up. As Joe mentioned, belt sanding might be enough otherwise use a planer and then sand.
 
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Old 03-16-18, 08:59 AM
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Ok Thanks, I'm going to try that.
 
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Old 03-16-18, 02:20 PM
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I've only got a 1/4 inch Makita power sander. Would that be ok to use?
 
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Old 03-16-18, 02:25 PM
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It will work but be a little slow. Since you don't have a belt sander I'd hit it a lick or two with your hand plane then sand.
 
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Old 03-29-18, 08:14 PM
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Thanks. Used a block plane and now the door no longer hits the edge! Hour or so of work. Was easy.
 
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Old 03-30-18, 03:55 AM
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Ya, sometimes we over think things ..... and now you know what a simple job it is if/when a similar situation arises
 
 

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