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Door Will Not Remail Slightly Ajar

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Jan 02, 2014, 05:03 PM
Door Will Not Remail Slightly Ajar
Please advise on how I can remedy the following -Our home is only 1 1/2 years old. We used to be able to open the door part way to allow air flow - heating and cooling circulation. Now the door swings open all the way. <BR><BR>Please advise on how to remedy this situation.Adjust the doorTighten or shim a hinge plate
Jan 02, 2014, 05:40 PM
you can use a shoe as a doorstop to hold it where you want. we use an old sad iron to keep the cats from closing themselves into the bedroom.

you can put a level on the top of the door to see if it's sagged, if so, replace a screw on the top hinge with a 3-inch screw to bring it back towards level.

you can put a level on the upright jamb to see if was installed correctly, plumb straight up from top to bottom. if not, you will have to loosen any screws that penetrate the jamb, pry a little, and insert more shims, then renail. this will require cutting the nails on the other side and removing some shims to the door will shut again. it means taking all the decorative trim off both sides and reinstalling it, also.

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Jan 02, 2014, 06:35 PM
And the old tried-and-true door trick: Pull one hinge pin. Lay it on something hard like concrete and tap it slightly with a hammer, giving is a very small bend. Then reinstall. The extra friction will keep the door from swinging.

Jan 02, 2014, 07:57 PM
If the door isn't binding or dragging and latches, I'd opt for Jaybee's way.

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