How to straighten doors

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Some doors in our house no longer fit into their door frames, scraping the floor below them.

How can I adjust the doors to fit into their frames again?

Thank you!


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  • Peggy L Burnette Peggy L Burnette on Mar 26, 2020

    Hi Lara, sorry you are having problems with your doors I hope this video helps. Stay well. esults (0.64 seconds)



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  • Nan W. Nan W. on Mar 26, 2020

    Lara Lee: maybe a foundation inspection is warranted. Yikes!


    • Lara Lee Lara Lee on Mar 26, 2020

      ..... I hope the foundation is okay 😢 ... it's steel reinforced poured concrete, but who knows with the passage of time?

      Thank you for your suggestion 😊

    • Lara Lee Lara Lee on Mar 26, 2020

      Thanks sooo much! Love all the options that this site offers

  • Betsy Betsy on Mar 26, 2020

    Hi Lara: First of all, is it still fitting good at the top and along the edges? You may just have a door that is canted and can fix this by tightening the screws at the top. If the holes are too wide, remove the hinge screws and stuff the holes with toothpicks or match sticks, head removed:) Stick as many as you can pound in. Then reattach the hinge. If that's not the problem, You can remove the door, unless you can get underneath it a bit, cover the door bottom with chalk, reinstall the door and open and close it a couple of times. Remove the door and look at the bottom. Where the chalk is removed is where the door is hitting the floor. Sand this area down and replace the door. If it's still sticking a bit, remove and sand some more. This should do it. Good luck

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    • Betsy Betsy on Mar 26, 2020

      Yes, I have had a lot of annoying doors and other things at my home and at my mom's home. I've been handy since I was a little girl. I just love tinkering and fixing things. I'lll probably die with a screwdriver in my hand:) I always tell my friends that I want to be cremated and thrown to the wind because I like to think outside of the box :)

  • Morgan McBride Morgan McBride on Mar 26, 2020

    I would see if the screws on the hinges on the top need tightening!

    • Lara Lee Lara Lee on Mar 26, 2020

      Thank you, I think this is the problem as the lower opposite door corner is rubbing ✏📐😊

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Mar 26, 2020

    Check the hinges to make sure they are tight and all screws are secure. You might need to fill in if they have worked loose over time. That is normally the reason a door that once fit doesn't any longer. The other possibility could be settling. If that is the case you could try to either re hang the doors or trim the bottom with a skill saw if that is the only place you are having an issue.

  • Lauren of Mom Home Guide Lauren of Mom Home Guide on Mar 26, 2020

    We had a couple of doors that stuck certain times of the year. We had a handyman come in and take off a little bit off the edges of the doors,

  • Lara Lee Lara Lee on Mar 26, 2020

    Thanks for your suggestion, I'm hoping to DMS, but may do the quick fix and hire someone to keep me from cussing 😄

  • Lara Lee Lara Lee on Mar 26, 2020

    Many heart-felt thanks to all you ladies 💕👍👏👏👏👍💕

  • Do you think having them shaved would help?

  • Philipp Philipp on Mar 27, 2020

    You can see if replacing screws or flattening it can help. Nothing wrong with hiring someone for help... could save you from more stress which is good especially at this time. Be safe!

  • Number one thing to do - check the hinges!