Not every carpenter measures his or her door with perfect precision and not every entryway is perfectly flat. There are warps in these here floorboards. And sometimes doors stick on them. Don’t be satisfied with stuck doors and scuffs. Do something about it. The DIY enthusiasts at Stack Exchange have a few fixes for your imperfect entryways and exits.
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When I open and close my bathroom door it catches on the floor. This makes it tough to open and close, and it sounds annoying.
What is the easiest way to stop the door from touching my floor?
Answer: Tighten It Up
If the condition has developed over time, you can try tightening all of the screws on the hinges. If any of the screws turn in the wood without tightening up, then you can replace them with longer screws that grip the stud behind the frame and pull the door above your floor.
Answer: Move It On Up
If worst comes to worst, move the door and hinges up on the frame, or leave the hinges in the frame and move the door up. Since most interior doors are hollow, readjusting the door in the frame shouldn’t be too difficult.
Answer: Cut Your Door Down To Size
If you recently installed carpet or a new floor then you will need to plane the bottom of the door with either a hand planer or by sanding. There is also a planer attachment for a Dremel which works pretty well for light jobs. In some cases you can even plane your door without removing it from the plane.
Answer: Hack Your Hinges
A salesperson at a hardware store in my neighbourhood suggested an easy way to solve the problem that doesn’t require sanding the door. I tried it and it worked perfectly.
I took a small piece of plastic-coated electrical wire, and used pliers to twist the piece into a helix and then shoved it into the barrel of each hinge. After putting the door back, the pieces of wire inside the hinges propped the door above the floor and it no longer caught.
Definitely easier than sanding!
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