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krmorgan

08:26AM | 07/10/01
Member Since: 07/09/01
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My husband and I are trying to install a new door between our kitchen and garage. We purchased a prehung steel door with an insulated core. Because the door came with no instructions, we made the mistake of taking the shipping braces off and allowing the door to open before we installed it. Now I think it is just not square. We hung it once, but it was hard to open and close. The top half of the door's edge was hitting the frame as well as a little bit at the very bottom. We took the door out again and stood it on its side to try and make sure the door frame was square and place the braces that hold the door closed back in place. The door frame is now level (after being shimmed on one side), but the door still sticks when we try to open it. The door itself is very close to level, but not quite (when open).

Also, our home had some minor foundation problems three years ago near where this door is located. (I have a call in to the foundation company to come and check it again.) When we removed the trim from both sides of the old door, there was a larger gap on the left than the right when facing the door and looking between the top of the door and the drywall. The new door is like that too. I thought it could just be that the hole in the drywall is cut crooked.

The door is better than the first time but is still hard to open and close. Can we just and down the door's edge so that it will shut properly, or do we need to completely remove it and start again? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated!

LDoyle

02:33PM | 07/10/01
Member Since: 06/03/01
327 lifetime posts
Make sure the hinge side of the frame is plumb & correctly set. If that # 1 step was not quiet right, it never will be right. May need to remove & reinstall frame starting with hinge side & then other side with door closed to verify clearance before nailing.

LDoyle

02:08AM | 07/11/01
Member Since: 06/03/01
327 lifetime posts
Another problem sometimes occurs with heavy doors even when initally hung correctly. The weight of the door may pull the frame slightly away from the stud framing on the hinge side. To correct/prevent this, install several 3 inch deck type screws - one at each hinge. If you don't want them to show or want additional security for the hinges, remove one screw from each hinge and replace with the deck screws. This will secure the hinges and frame directly to the stud frame. Also good for the lock set on the opposite side. With your description of problem, looks like you need to verify plumb & square of hinge side of frame. Then close door & verify equal spacing around top & opposite frame to door. If off, will probably need to use saber saw to cut nails securing top & opposite side of frame. Then, with door closed, use shims to insure equal spacing around door & renail. Do not recommend sanding of metal door to attempt to fit.

rpxlpx

06:53AM | 07/11/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Take a close look at the hinges, especially the top one to make sure their screws are tight and the hinge hasn't become bent. It's possible to get one slightly bent and then the door will not fit smoothly after that.
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