08:49AM | 03/27/04
Member Since: 03/26/04
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I am replacing hollow interior doors with solid pine doors, hanging them on the existing frames. I've added a third middle hinge, and am using the old hinges as well. Two of the doors do not want to close all the way; they will, but you can see the bottom hinge is being "pulled" away from the frame slightly when you close the door. I'm wondering if there may be slight differences in the hinges, though they appear identical in size and dimension, or could it just be the way they're seated on the frame? How important is it that the axis of all 3 hinges line up on the same imaginary line? How much room for play is there? I'm thinking the one hinge that wants to pull away from the frame upon full closure should be put deeper into the frame a tad... Any general advice on how to adjust doors with issues like this, is welcome.



12:32PM | 03/27/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
You have the right idea.

Hinges that are not alinged properly, not the same depth, hung on an unplumb jamb can result in the problems you see.

Better solution than rehinging a slab is to get the doors prehung and replace the doors and jambs.


06:32PM | 03/27/04
Member Since: 03/26/04
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So the hinges need to be perfectly aligned, ok. Thanks for that. I think I'll chip away some of the wood under the hinge and test it.

As for pre-hung doors, I just did not like the selection at **********, and the idea of replacing the trim and then painting it all... it sounded easier to just replace the doors.


06:52PM | 03/28/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
No reason to 'replace' trim.

It just needs to be removed and reinstalled and perhaps a few nail holes filled with putty.

Prehung door hanging is still the easiest way to go.
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