Fixing doors, that either open on their own or close on their own

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I have a front door that refuses to stay open, unless I use a door stop. I also have a bedroom door that has to either be all the way open or all the way shut. You can't just have it slightly open or it opens all the way. I did the bending of hinges, didn't help--I put shims behind the hinges, didn't help. Any other suggestions???
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  • William William on May 16, 2016
    Pop out the hinge pins, lay them down on a flat hard surface and gently hit them with a hammer. This will bend them just slightly. Reinstall the pins and the doors should stay open in any position. Over time the pins get worn from use.
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    • Jann Brooks Jann Brooks on May 16, 2016
      Ok I will try that Thanks
  • Vangardener45 Vangardener45 on May 17, 2016
    I had to bend my pins more than just slightly - bend them until the door stays where you stop moving it
  • CrowEyes CrowEyes on May 17, 2016
    Have you used a level to see what part of the door is "off?" Check the square on all angles. You may have to square the door (remove inside molding, use a sawzall to cut the supporting nails from the door's jamb and the surround studs--realign door (using a 2' and 4' level, reshim and re-nail). It is not as hard as it sounds ;). And it will truly be fixed.
  • Drhite Drhite on May 17, 2016
    They also make spring loaded hinges. You could have it spring to the open position, while the latch will keep it closed.
  • Cheryl Markus Reynolds Cheryl Markus Reynolds on May 17, 2016
    We used to just tighten or loosen the screws in the door frame a bit, whichever would work the best.
  • Johnchip Johnchip on May 17, 2016
    You have poltergeists. Call Ghost Busters! ;)
  • Susan E Susan E on May 17, 2016
    Sounds like you may be haunted. (joke). What fun! I adjusted the door frame screws and my ghosts went away.
  • Ellen Ellen on May 17, 2016
    You might want to consult a contractor to find out if your foundation has shifted significantly.
  • R Walter R Walter on May 17, 2016
    Sounds like you need to bend the hinge pins if your doors have the knock out pins. I had two that did the same thing, bent the center hinge pin just a little and it puts enough friction on the hinge that it stays open.
    • V Valencia V Valencia on May 18, 2016
      @R Walter Can you explain a bit more on how best to bend the hinge pin. I imagine you can't bend too much because then it won't fit back in the door knuckles easily.
  • Daj4500882 Daj4500882 on May 17, 2016
    Pull center hinge pin out and bend slightly in middle of pin,take a hammer and tap back in hinge
  • Daj4500882 Daj4500882 on May 17, 2016
    Right on R Walter
  • Betsy Wilson Betsy Wilson on May 18, 2016
    I agree! Bend the hinge pin!
  • R Walter R Walter on May 18, 2016
    If you have a punch remove the center hinge pin by hitting it from the bottom. If not you will have to use a flat tip screwdriver under the head of the pin, hitting it with a hammer till it is free. I placed mine on a piece of wood, holding it in a pair of vice grips and hit the end opposite the head. It finally took a small sledge hammer to get a slight bend on it. This is all trial, each door is different, just bend a bit at a time and retry till you get it right.
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    • R Walter R Walter on Aug 12, 2016
      You can also lay it on the concrete and hit it in the middle of the pin, then try it in the door, a pair of pliers will work to hold it but might give your hand a jar when you hit the pin. You don't have to bend it very much the hinge just needs a little friction to stay open or closed