Whether they are interior doors or exterior doors, with time they are bound to degrade and need some kind of adjustment or repair. Usually, with some easy repairs you can fix your door issues whereas some problems might call for a complete replacement of the door.
Here, we will describe some common door problems you might encounter which can easily be fixed with some effort.
Repair a Loose Door Knob
If you have been using a door for a few years, chances are that the door handle or knob loosens making it difficult to turn and latch/unlatch. Most of the door knobs have visible screws on one side of the door. You will just need a screwdriver to tighten the screws and the door handle will start working just as fine.
However, for those knobs which have hidden screws, you will need to locate a small button on one side of the door knob. When the button is pressed with the help of a screwdriver, it will allow the handle to be pulled apart. The metal plate can also slide out after it. Underneath the metal plate, you will find the screws which will need to be tightened.
Once that step is completed, you will have to slide back the metal plate and push the handle back on the latch until that small button pops out once again. This will fix the loosened handle. The lock button, if not working properly, can also be fixed by opening up the handle and adjusting the button. Once it is ft back together, the lock button will also start working fine.
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Repair Hard or Jammed Dead Bolts
If a dead bolt has not been used for a long time or even if a lot of time has passed since the bolt was installed, it can become jammed or rigid. To fix that, the first thing you can try is a lube spray. As the first step, spray some lube inside the keyway.
Then insert the key and try to lock/unlock the bolt so that all the lube gets distributed inside the keyway. The next step would be to remove the lock plates from both sides of the door. This can be done simply by unscrewing the plates and removing it to expose the bolt cylinder.
Using the lube spray, try to lubricate the complete area along the bolt cylinder and move it from side to side. This should result in quite smooth movement of the bolt. Once done, assemble the lock plates back and tighten them with screws. Your dead bolt should now be working smoothly.
Repair Door Hinges
Another most common door problem faced by many is that the hinges either loosen or completely break away from the wooden door. If the screws on the hinges have loosened but the wood has not chipped, the fix could be a simple one. Just tighten the screws on the hinges and they will be good as new.
On the other hand, if the hinges have chipped off large portions of wood from the door or frame, you will need to fill those gaps as well. To fix that, you would have to remove the door completely and work on it. Start by taking off all the screws from the hinge and remove the hinge. Then chisel out the damaged area and remove all loose chips and sand the area to expose a clean, smooth surface.
After that, you would need a strong gap-filling glue and petroleum jelly. Apply petroleum jelly on the parts of the hinges which move when the door is opened or closed. Doing this will prevent the glue from gluing those areas.
Next, pour some glue on the surface, adjust the hinge on it, and screw it with the door using a screwdriver. Put some weight or clamp on the hinges so that it doesn’t move until the glue has dried completely. Once dried, clean off the petroleum jelly with a towel and reinstall the door.
Repair Sagging Doors
Wooden doors, especially the ones which are heavy, tend to sag with time and don’t swing freely. Before you uninstall the complete door and then try to fix this issue, there are a few tricks you can try first which do not require uninstalling a door. These are described below:
- Try to tighten all the hinge screws of all the hinges. Just use a screwdriver and tighten them all. Usually doing this helps in adjusting the door back to its normal position.
- If this doesn’t do the trick, try using a longer screw in each hinge to drive it through the jamb. This longer screw will help in slightly repositioning the door towards the frame and may help with the sagging.
- If all the above does not work,
you will have to plane your door. The first step in doing so would be to mark
the area where the door rubs against the doorframe or jamb. You will then have
to uninstall the door and use a sander to sand the sides on the marked areas.
After planing, check to see if the door fits and moves properly in the opening. If it still rubs against the jamb, it will require more sanding. Once the door fits smoothly in the opening, use a paint to paint the area where sanding was done. Then, reinstall the door.
Repair Marks and Scratches
One more issue that you might encounter, especially if you have a pet at home, are claw marks and scratches. To fix them, you could try some easy steps yourselves. For light scratches, you can just use a fresh coat of paint or stain followed by varnish.
This will completely hide any light marks or scratches. For deeper scratches, you will first have to lightly sand the area to make it even. Then use the stain or paint and apply on the sanded area. You can mix several shades to achieve the color that matches the rest of the door.
Let it dry. If after getting dried, it looks dull, you can always use a clear finish to spray the complete door. This will help in creating the same shade and tone throughout the door.
Fix a Door That Swings Open On Its Own
If you open your door a little bit and it swings forward on its own, it is a problem that can be easily fixed in just a few minutes. You would just need to take out the hinge pin, bend it, and replace it in the hinges.
Use a shim to hold the door in place while you work with the hinges. Remove the hinge pin by pulling it out with pliers. Then use a hammer to slightly put a bend in the pin. Replace the pin in the hinges and remove the shim. Your door should now be able to stay in its place wherever you leave it.
These are just a few of the door problems that you might come across which can easily be repaired by yourself. All you need are a few tools and you would be able to fix these door issues in a very small amount of time.
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