Wood Door Repair: How to Repair a Sticking Door

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 5-20
What You'll Need

If you find that you are dealing with wood door repair, it is important to have a rough idea of the proper way to handle the situation. There are a few things that you need to take into account that could be causing the problem. Luckily, making the necessary fixes is relatively easy to do, but they do require a bit of time to accomplish. There may be several different issues that you are going to have to handle in order to get your door working properly.

If a Door Won’t Close

If you find that as you try to close your door, the door appears to be too large for the frame and that it is scratching and scraping away the paint, there is a simple point to look at. Odds are, one of the door hinges are off. If you take a screwdriver and loosen the latch that holds the door to the frame, you are free to move and adjust the door so that it fits properly into the frame. Tighten the latch back into place and this will easily take care of your problem.

File a Screw Hole

If you find that as you were adjusting the latch, you run into screws which simply continue to spin in place, it means that you need to add additional wood to secure the wood in place. By taking a piece of scrap wood and breaking off small pieces of it, you can fill in the screw holes. Then simply reattach the latch back into place. This will create a new, stronger bind with the screw and the wall.

If the Door Sticks in the Frame

If you find that as you pull to open the door, the door itself sticks within the frame or that you have to shove the door into the frame to make it fit, you are going to need to make a few adjustments to fix this problem. The first is that the biggest problem is going to be coming from the hinges again. If you see that the door itself appears to be warped, look at the gaps between the frame and the doors, and see if it is perhaps the hinge that is warped. You can fix this by using your pliers to remove the hinge pin. Once you have done this, use your wrench to get a firm grip on the knuckles which connect to the latch that is drilled into the door itself. By bending the knuckles toward the door, you are actually going to be pulling the door away from the frame and thus creating the needed space. Replace the hinge pin and tap it back into place. However, do not replace it all the way because you want to be sure that you have taken care of the problem. Test the door to ensure that it opens freely now.

The Final Solution

If neither of these fixes takes care of your problem, you can simply take sandpaper and sand away the excess points of the door where you feel that it is too big and warped. This will take quite a bit of elbow grease and will then require some refurbishing work after the fact, however it will take care of your problem when all else fails. You may also need to remove the door, use a planer to remove the necessary wood, then paint and reinstall the door.