Repair Warping on screen door

samgardnJune 8, 2009


I am new here. I am just beginning my first old house restoration. I want to keep as much original parts as possible and use salvaged items for replacements where I can. I have an old Craftsman type wooden screen door, the kind with the slats on the bottom half. The problem is that it is warped at the bottom a good 2 inches. Is there any way I can fix this? Please help!


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"The problem is that it is warped at the bottom a good 2 inches."

Could you describe this warping in more detail? Or post a picture?
One of the problems with repairing old things is putting "heirloom" requirements on the repair... some old designs were prone to failure, but modern fixes clash with the value, or perceived value.
But I am sure there is a way to fix your problem; I just don't "see" it yet.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2009 at 4:51AM
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It is usually very difficult to unwarp wood. The reason for that is because wood has grain and if the wood warps, it is because the grain caused the movement. That means the wood is moving naturally and trying to force it against that movement is problematic.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2009 at 8:13AM
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I had the same problem - warped about an inch - holding the door from closing tightly about half way up. I used a 1 inch wide flat steel bar (the door is about 1 1/16" thick). I spray painted to match, pre-drilled and countersank wood screws through the metal into the edge of the door. Worked perfectly - only thing, test first with the door closed to see if you need to plane a bit off the door's edge to accomodate the bar.
Good luck.....

    Bookmark   July 22, 2009 at 11:55AM
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