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How to fix a sticky Door

How to fix a sticky Door

At Home Depot you can get all the tools and materials to maintain and repair your home. With a Home Depot Money Off Coupon from We Are Coupons you can save money on looking after your home with Home Depor. Homes that are exposed to extreme temperature and humidity changes tend to expand and contract. This is not normally a problem. Homes are supposed to move a little. The problem arises when homes move too much.

It isn't necessary to call in a general contractor to fix a sticky door. With just a few minutes of your own time, a hammer, 16d finish nail or two, a nail set, and your own skills, you can repair it. Doing it yourself will save you the hassle of having to find a contractor. The fix for this problem is so easy.

It is important to know how a door is installed. When your home was originally built the, first the framing went up. Then the electrical, plumbing, and insulation were put in place. Once these utilities were finished, the framing of the interior walls were covered with lath and plaster or drywall. Last, the interior doors were installed.

When the door was installed, or hung, the hinge side of the door casing was placed directly against the framing or stud. With the hinge side of the casing against a stud, nails were driven through it to secure it in place. Once in place, the latch side of the casing was made level and plumb and secured to the framing as well. Shims would have been used to make up any gaps and keep the door casing in proper place. The door could now be attached to the casing using the hinges provided. If all was done correctly, the door would be plumb (perpendicular to the plane of the earth) and an even gap, or reveal, could be seen all the way around the door.

The solution to a sticky door is simple and will take less time to fix than it did for you to read this article. Doors stick because the door casing has moved out of being square. Over time the opening becomes more trapezoidal. To fix the problem, you don't try to make the door square again. This takes too long and involves removing the door and trim to get to the root problem. Just look at the door and casing. Find the surfaces that are touching. (They will be easy to find.) They will be the ones where the paint or stain has been rubbed off.

Once you have found the rubbing surfaces, take a 16d nail and gently drive it through the casing where the rubbing occurs. Try to place the nail as close to the center of the door frame as possible to keep the wood from splitting. Drive the nail until it is almost seated. Then use the nail set to set the nail. You will want to use light blows. As you drive the nail into the framing, it will apply force to the door casing and cause it to move away from the door. Strike the nail with the hammer and nail set then check the door. It may take a few strikes, but eventually, the casing will be pulled far enough away from the door to stop the two from rubbing together.

When you are done, all you will have is a single hole to fill with wood putty!





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