Door Problem

rabbit8June 10, 2009

recently I've been showering with the bathroom door closed (its a hollow door) and now I'm unable to close the door without pushing hard. It seems to to get stuck and it's hard to open without pulling real hard on it. How can I fix this problem? Thank you in advance for your help.

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ron6519

The door has swelled due to excess moisture being absorbed into the wood. The bath fan is absent or not on long enough and/or the door tops and bottoms have never been painted to keep the moisture out.
Two options are available.
1. Cut the door so it fits correctly at this time. Then paint all the sides of the door.
2. Wait until December when the heat is on and the door dries out and shrinks. Then paint all sides of the door to keep it from swelling this time next year.
Ron

    Bookmark   June 10, 2009 at 6:24PM
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stash-hdy

You may be able to adjust it, see where it is binding. Sometimes you can adjust a door by taking a longer screw and pulling the door casing into the stud. Remove a screw from the hinge and use that opening to put in a longer screw. Remove a screw that is farthest from the door to ensure that you hit a stud. If its a small area that is binding you can also sand that area on the door to eliminate the binding. Prime the bare wood after its sanded.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2009 at 10:00PM
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rabbit8

I'm the lady with the door problem. Thanks so much for your help. I tried the sand paper first and it worked. I need to know if I can seal the part I sand with varnish or what kind of paint to keep the moistrue out? These is no fan in in hall bathroom.

Thank you so much for helping me.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 6:33PM
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stash-hdy

yes you can use varnish. remember that the varnish will add thickness so sand enough to accommodate the varnish. A little extra sanding will take care of it.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2009 at 6:46PM
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