Tuesday, December 10, 2013

DIY? Or Call TDC? ... How To Unstick a Heavy Wooden Interior Door

[This week in our series "DIY? Or Call TDC?" we're discussing how to deal with a sticking interior wood door. This project and others in this series are tasks you can do yourself for your business.]

If you have a wooden interior door that is sticking you might be able to fix it quickly and with a minimum of tools and skill. This is a common problem with heavy wooden doors.

Step 1: Tighten The Hinge

If your door is dragging at the top or bottom of the frame or on the floor, chances are a loose hinge may be the problem. Over time hinges will work themselves a bit loose. Only a slight loosening can cause a door to stick or drag. Use the screwdriver to tighten down all screws. Don't use a drill or electric screwdriver for this job as they tend to over tighten and you may strip the threads on the screw.

Step 2: Lubricate Door
Open and close the door to see where it is sticking. You may find that all you need to do is rub the edge of the door with an old candle or wax bar to lubricate it a bit.

Step 3: Sand the Door
If these fixes don't work then you might need to sand the area that is dragging until the door opens and closes smoothly. You can also use a wood plane for this job, however, if you have any reservations about sanding or using a plane, call the experts at The Door Company of Ohio at (614) 338-1414. Too much sanding or using a plane can cause visible damage to an otherwise beautiful wood door.

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