07:12PM | 09/27/04
Member Since: 09/26/04
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I have a steel storm door that has sagged to the point where I need to lift it to get it to close. What is the best way to go about fixing it so that it doesn't drag the bottom of the threshold and refuse to close?

Thanks in advance for any and all advice.

Jim D

12:54AM | 09/28/04
Member Since: 01/06/01
342 lifetime posts
MatthewG - hi, I'm no expert on this but others who want to help would need to know if the door itself is "out of square" or is the door simply puling away from the top set of hinges? Where does the bottom of the door drag on the threshold - closer to the hinge side of the door opening or closer to the other side?

If the door's simply pulling away from the top set of hinges, then you'd need to possibly shim the bottom set of hinges a bit plus retighten the top set. If the screw holes for the top set of hinges are stripping, then you may have to reposition the hinge and drill new holes.

If the door's "out of square" then some sort of bracing will be needed. On screen doors, you've probably seen a metal rod mounted diagonally mounted in a vertical fashion (lower outside corner to upper inside corner) to the door's inside surface, and the rod is adjusted by tightening one end into a long hollow threaded connector. Also, you may have seen angle brackets used when the door is constructed similar to a picture frame, and the vertical & horizontal pieces are coming loose.

Hopefully I've given you some possible ideas. The best thing is to first check and make sure what the real problem is, as it drives the solution you need. Please post back with whatever you find when you examine the door, and the real experts here (I'm just a DIY'er) will be happy to help! Regards! Jim D/West Point, VA
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