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larsian

08:29AM | 01/03/02
Member Since: 01/02/02
3 lifetime posts
Hi I have wood doors on my house and in several closets and the bathroom the doors keep sticking. They weren't sticking in the summer but they are now. I've tried candlewax and making sure all the screws in the door frame are tight. Any help I would appreciate... THanx...

Jay J

10:39AM | 01/03/02
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
Hi Larsian,

Doors will swell when the humidity in the house rises. If you've recently installed a humidifier or turned an existing one one, maybe it needs to be set a little lower. 35%, give or take, should keep everyone (plants and animals included) happy.

Also, depending on where the doors are, if for example, the bathroom door is sticking, it could be from excess humidity in the shower. Installing a fan-vent, opening a window, or just leaving the door open will help, or perhaps cure your problem. For entry doors that are exposed to the 'elements', that can contribute to the problem too. And lastly, the material that the door is made of will add to your problem too. The softer the wood, the more readily it absorbes. If your doors are unfinished/unstained, consider finishing/staining (and sealing them) to keep the moisture out. The same goes for the door JAMS all around the house.

My best to ya and hope this helps.

Jay J -Moderator

PS: God Bless America!

larsian

05:15AM | 01/04/02
Member Since: 01/02/02
3 lifetime posts
thanks Jay..... I have radiated heat, but i'll try to see if I can adjust the humidity with a dehumidifier...

rpxlpx

06:14AM | 01/08/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1674 lifetime posts
If the sticking edge is at the top of the door, you can simply sand it down without having to refinish the door. (Use a flat sanding block.) That's often the best and easiest fix.


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