COMMUNITY FORUM

Carrie Lee

04:28PM | 07/31/00
Member Since: 07/30/00
1 lifetime posts
Bvwindows
Hi there. I need some help. I have a French door leading out onto my front patio. It is easy to open during the winter and spring, but during the summer it is really difficult to close as you really have to push against the door to ensure that the latches catch. I suspect this is due to the door expanding in the heat. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make the door close easier? My in-laws are arriving in two weeks and if they are not able to close the balcony door, I am afraid they might feel like hostages in my home as they will not feel comfortable leaving the door unlocked. Thank you in advance to anyone with an answer.

rpxlpx

06:41AM | 08/01/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
I have a similar problem with a back garage door in really dry weather, but it's not because of expanding wood in the door - the door actually becomes repositioned in the frame - apparently because the ground shrinks and swells, slightly moving the house. There's also a crack in the brick that opens and closes. To make the latch match up to the striker plate when this happens, I had to buy an oversized striker plate with a larger hole.
If the binding problem is not severe, you might try something to reduce the drag where it's binding. I like to rub on parafin wax. It is inert and harmless to paint, people and pets.
If the problem is severe, you might have to have one or both doors "shaved" where the bind is.
If it's a seasonal HOUSE shifting, like mine, you can still probably help it by using the methods described above or worst case - by having the house "firmed" up underneath.
Click_to_reply_button
Inspiration_banner

INSPIRATION GALLERY



Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply_choose_button

captcha
type the code from the image

Anonymous

Post_new_button or Login_button
Register

This garden shed has been decked out to the nines. Designer Orla Kiely created the intimate home for a flower trade show, ... Built on a rocky island in the Drina River, near the town of Bajina Basta, Serbia, this wooden house was cobbled together ... Large steel-framed windows flood the interior of this remodeled Michigan barn with daylight. The owners hired Northworks A... Edging formed with upside-down wine bottles is a refreshing change. Cleverly and artistically involving recycled materials... A Washington State couple called on BC&J Architects to transform their 400-square-foot boathouse into a hub for family bea... Similar to the elevated utensil concept, hanging your pots and pans from a ceiling-mounted rack keeps them nearby and easy... For windows, doors, and mirrors that could use a little definition, the Naples Etched Glass Border adds a decorative flora... The thyme growing between these stepping stones adds a heady fragrance to strolls along this lush, low-maintenance garden ... Decoupage is an easy way to add any paper design to your switch plate, whether it is wallpaper, scrapbook paper, book page... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Reluctant to throw away any of those unidentified keys in your junk drawer? Hang them from a few chains attached to a simp... A stripped-down model, sans screened porch, starts out at $79,000. Add the porch, a heated floor for the bath, and all the... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... Need a window and a door in a tight space? A Dutch door with a window may be your answer. These useful doors are split hor...
Follow_banner_a
Newsletter_icon Google_plus Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss_icon
 
webapp1