Door too long after new carpet / pad put in

kruiseApril 18, 2010

So there was next to no pad under the original carpet. But after they finished installing my new carpet and pad almost none of my doors will shut without some force. The doors are hollow so I'm not sure how much they need to be or can be trimmed. Any ideas?

I don't have the tools or the ability to do any of the work. So I'll have to hire someone. I'm disappointed the carpet store didn't warn me about this.

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Call the carpet store and tell them to finish the job. That adjustment was always a part of our carpet jobs.

A Handyman can do that job. Might charge $15 to $25 per door, depending on where he can do the trimming.(How far he has to carry each door and through what doors.)

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 12:00AM
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Can't the door pins be adjusted?

    Bookmark   May 20, 2010 at 5:44PM
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Even hollow core doors have room for trimming. Alternatively, you can replace the hinges with a specialty hinge that has a slight upward spiral to the barrels and this causes the door to lift a bit as you swing it open. It might be cheaper and easier to trim the doors, though.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2010 at 8:13PM
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I wouldn't let carpet installers cut my doors even at no cost.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2010 at 9:25PM
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That is where I first learned to correctly cut a door to fit. My boss had most of his business as referrals. That was a key point.

You just have to ask if they can do it right. And know how so you know. Much like many remodeling/home improvement skills.

    Bookmark   May 20, 2010 at 9:38PM
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I guess the carpet guys have never seen this before?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2010 at 8:39AM
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"Can't the door pins be adjusted?"

How do hinge pins adjust door height?

Trim the doors.

If you are nervous about how much material is on the bottom of any door, drill a small hole (~1/8 inch) and use some wire to find the thickness of the wood.

    Bookmark   May 22, 2010 at 2:04PM
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