How do you fix a door that won't stay open? It shuts on its own.

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  • Kim Kim on Sep 10, 2017
    Look at your hinges. If one is a fat barrel compared to regular hinges, you have a door closing hinge.
    You will need to replace the hinge.
    Take the hinges to the hardware store with you to match your new hinges to them.
    When removing the self closing hinge, you will want to support the door and remove the pin from the regular hinge first, then remove the screws from the jam on your self closing hinge to free the door. At this point you can remove all remaining screws easily.
    Hope that helps
    : )

  • Bunny Bunny on Sep 10, 2017
    I heard if you bend the pin in the normal door hinge and then replace it, it will hold the door open. Unfortunately, I had three hinges on my door - removed all three (one at a time of course) - bent as much as I could and still get them back in - the door is now stiff to open and close, but it still will not stay open completely on its own.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Sep 10, 2017
    We keep a cute little door jam near the door so when we want it to stay open we set the door jam against it. This can be any object in your home, even a shoe or boot, but we chose a cute ceramic dog a student gave me. You may not want a breakable object, any solid object will work.

  • William William on Sep 10, 2017
    Bunny's suggestion generally works. Bending the hinge pins. If that doesn't work then use a level and check to make sure the door jamb on the hinge side is plumb (up and down) Close the door and make sure the gap around is even all around. You can also remove one screw from the hinges on the jamb and door and replace with 2" to 3" screws.

  • Jo Debs Jo Debs on Sep 10, 2017
    I replaced brass hinges with new nickel hinges but a couple of doors slammed shut with a breeze so..... I had success by taking the door off then bending the hinges on the frame a bit towards the center part of the hinge. This puts hinges in a bit a bind so door is not so free to open on its own or shut on its own. Being a bit careful; I used a combination of water pump pliers or large vise grip, if that doesn't' work I will use hammer and punch, use the hammer & punch separately from the pliers. Go cautiously usually hinges are beefy enough to get rough with them.
    Note: door opens and shuts fine however.

  • Eil22229440 Eil22229440 on Sep 10, 2017
    Sounds like you have a problem with a slight slanting of the floor. Try putting a magnet (on door & wall or ??? ) where it meets.