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Hollow Core Doors That Won't Stay Open

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Oct 21, 2013, 09:43 AM
Hollow Core Doors That Won't Stay Open
We just purchased a house that is less than 10 years old. Every hollow core door in the house does not stay open unless I have a rubber door stop under it. Does anyone have any ideas on how to keep them open without using the door stop?
Oct 21, 2013, 12:06 PM
It the door isn't sticking on the frame when you go to close it and all the hinge screws are tight, the easiest fix is to remove one hinge pin and take it out to your driveway or sidewalk, lay it down and smack it with a hammer to put a slight bend in it. This will put enough friction on the hinge to keep the door in what ever position you leave it in.

The problem is the door is slightly out of plumb, getting it back into plumb can be a real PITA.

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Oct 21, 2013, 03:00 PM
10 years old... so those $5 builders' doors were about $15 when they put them in.

we replaced all ours with solid 6-panel oak. those hollow doors, sliced into thirds and flipped into the firepit, burned like (heck)'s flames within 2 minutes. so much for fire resistance.

SturdyNail had a good suggestion, check for plumb. open the door and put a level vertical against the hinge side. bet it isn't level, and that's the problem... the apprentices' kids put up the doors for video game money one weekend when the contractor wasn't looking.

quick fix is to slightly ding one hinge pin at the bottom. real fix is to rehang the doors. I think I know which option you will take.

our $65 solid doors are now $120 each five years later, by the way. that ought to seal the decision.

sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
Oct 21, 2013, 03:50 PM
Just curious, are the panels hung with two or three hinges? And are the hung plumb?
If they are plumb and installed with three hinges you may have a panel covered by a warranty from the manufacturer. Two hings usually negates any type of warranty because of warping.

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Jan 04, 2014, 06:18 AM
Really cannot ever see replacing a flush door with the annoyance that comes with a bifold door unit instillation. Wink

Popeye only reached for the Spinach can as a last resort...