04:08AM | 08/15/03
Member Since: 08/14/03
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We had replacement pine doors installed this spring (no casings - just the doors). Most of these doors are not closing. We have recently experienced many days of humidity and rain. Is this the problem? Is there anything to do to stop this?


04:57PM | 08/22/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
Wood doors do this in high humidity of August. The wood absorbs moisture out of the air even when finished. It is an art to beable to judge the right amt to leave a door loose when installing in the dry season. I often need to do call backs to adjust doors in this time of year when I first hung them in winter, maybe one out of ten or fifteen. This year has been particularly wet but if it's all your doors, they may have been hung too tight. The carpenter might be happy to shave the edges for you to make the fit precise or he may be long gone.


06:26PM | 08/22/03
Be sure that ALL surfaces of the doors have been thoroughly sealed including the tops and bottoms. Many painters and/or contractors overlook these areas which will allow moisture to enter the door causing it to swell up and stick.

Most of the time when dry weather returns they will return to their original size and work properly.

Also check the hinge screws to insure they are not loose.



04:54PM | 08/31/03
Member Since: 11/06/02
1281 lifetime posts
I was thinking about this today, again.
I installed some wood screen doors ( dsealed all six sides) in early August or late July.
Then it got very humid here on the coast for a week and the owners couldn't opoerate the doors so I refitted them to a close shave.

Today, after a week of cooler dryer weather, I went back to do something else and one of the two doors was so loose that the latch bolt barely caught to hold it closed anymore. There must have been a good 3/16" of shrinkage in three weeks.



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