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kcdoc

03:12PM | 11/17/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
4 lifetime posts
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We have a door in our house that will not stay partway open. Once it is unlatched, it opens completely. It seems to be level vertically and horizontally. Is there any way to fix this??

JasonP

04:50PM | 11/17/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
64 lifetime posts
Greetings,

Please don't take this the wrong way but, short of using a door stop, you will drive
yourself nuts.

Good luck.
Jason

rpxlpx

05:33AM | 11/18/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Most people wouldn't want that "problem" fixed. But here's my thought. You might be able to rough up one of the hinge pins so that it binds slightly, thereby leaving the door where you put it. Hopefull, it won't squeak so loudly that it becomes a bother.

kcdoc

01:47PM | 11/18/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
4 lifetime posts
Door stops???
Break the hinges??
Am I missing something, or is this a DESIGN issue with interior doors?

Sorry for the caps, but I can tell you about the people who built the house

rpxlpx

05:56AM | 11/19/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
kcdoc,
"a DESIGN issue with interior doors"
will never be fixed in this post. The poster just wants a way to deal with this particular door. Got any ideas?

kcdoc

03:48PM | 11/19/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
4 lifetime posts
Yes,

Just a way to fix this particular door...

My daughter prefers to leave the door partway open, but it just swings all the way open. As near as I can tell with the levels that I have, it's not aligned wrong. It just keeps going once it's unlatched. I know that doors can stay part way open since every other door in the house will do that.

Thanks for your input.

rpxlpx

03:53AM | 11/20/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
If you want to take the time to experiment, I suggest putting a thin shim under the frame side of the top hinge. If that makes it better or worse, go from there. Shim the other hinges (or the door side of the hinge) as necessary to get the desired result.

kcdoc

10:51AM | 11/23/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
4 lifetime posts
What do you "shim" with? I have some shims I have from another project that are wood and are slightly wedge shaped. Looking at them, they are too thick.

Thanks

JasonP

03:35AM | 11/24/02
Member Since: 11/16/02
64 lifetime posts
Greetings kcdoc,

You can use almost anything for a shim.

I think I would shim the door jam by loosening the screws at the jam, closest to the door, and then, starting with something small, insert a wedges untill the door acts the way you want it to.

Remember to keep checking to make sure the door closes properly.

Good luck,
Jason

doug seibert

04:42AM | 12/02/02
Member Since: 08/10/02
842 lifetime posts
What this post needs is a LEVEL..........to accurately fix your door you need to determine where it is out of plumb.........

Set the level on the edge of the door and check for plumb(vertical) in both the open and nearly closed position........a door that always swings will be out in at least one direction............Understanding/Seeing what's wrong is the hardest part............

Now either shim the "low" hinge or chisel the mortise in the frame for the "high" hinge to correct the problem............

Before attempting any of these adjustments make sure all the hinge screws are tight in both the door and the frame............

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