The front door in our home has dramatically shifted in the frame in the past several months leaving a gap on the bottom inside half (from the knob down) that lets in a considerable amount of light, noise and wind; especially as we have no storm door. It also no longer closes tightly, meaning that even once closed and locked, we can still push on it quite a bit. What steps do I need to take to correct this and is it something that we can do on our own (I am fairly handy, with a brain and common sense!).
Metal, wood fiberglass door?
New house, old house?
Checked for loose hindge screws yet?
Checked under the house in that area to see what may be causing the settling?
If the gaps at the bottom of the door often times it's as simple as removing a top hindge screw and adding a 3" screw of the same gauge.
Metal door; ten year old townhome; concrete under in that section; checked for loose hinge screws and are good. Seems to be that the door has 'tilted' in some way. Would I need to remove door and adjust frame to level? Is it possible that it has shifted in some way over time? Is this a fairly simple fix just requiring time?
Hard to say without at least a picture so we can see just how bad it is.
Most of the time I find that long screw missing. When the door was delivered it came with the long screws to mount the door. Most of the time I find them still in the bag stapled to the back side of the jambs under the trim where someone was just to lazy to install them.
If I was checking it out I would use a framing square and a 2' level to see where it's off, then decide how to fix it.
It could be sagging hinges that are lacking a long enough screw as Joe suggests - that would be a fairly simple fix.
Once you check the frame with a square and level, that will tell you if the door frame has moved. If so, then the next step is to figure out why. Since you have concrete under the door, the slab could have settled, taking the walls and door frame with it. Rehanging the door to make it plumb again will solve things for a short time only - if the settling continues you will have the same problem all over again.
Finally check to see if the door frame and trim have any rot damage. This could cause the doorframe to move and the door to become misaligned. Most obvious place will be at the bottom of the door jambs on wither side.
Is the front door the only obvious location of shifting? Are you in an area which was subject to extreme drought last year? I recall watching a clip last year either on the Weather Channel or a news channel on subsidence causing shifting of (parts of) homes in heavy drought areas.
First you need to check the frame of your door and then get it leveled. This will help you to known that the door is moved. As you have a metal door and its in concrete it might have settled in slab. Getting it repaired may solve this problem for some time.
This issue also occurs as per the weather conditions. If you have such problem it will get settled as weather changes.
maybe it's just the rowdy crews I live and work with, but every commercial-style steel door/frame set out of line with the frame I have encountered is from bohunks hanging on the door and twisting its frame at the hinge areas.
if you can't fix that by putting a 2x4 or a steel bar under the door and yanking it up (like the factory guys do with car doors on the production line) then the whole shebang needs to be replaced.
on a residential door, assuming there is a correct header and the house foundation is not shifting, I'm also with the 3-inch screw crowd. foundation issues are starting to be widespread where we've had drought issues, so be sure to look for cracks in the foundation, slab, or in the ground near the door before getting too serious with it. if they are there, get a local contractor to look things over.
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