What To Do To Fix A Saggy Door

The doors of your home see a lot of use--and abuse--as the years go by. As a result, it is normal for doors to develop a tendency to sag. When this gets bad enough, it may even impede your ability to open and close the door properly. Luckily, it's not too hard to whip a saggy door back into shape. This article will outline the basic process.

Evaluating the problem.

There's not a lot of mystery about what causes doors to sag. In almost all cases, it has to do with hinges that have worked loose from the jamb. Here's an easy way to check if that's what's going on. Close the door and measure the gap up and down the side opposite the hinges. A well-hung door will exhibit an even 1/8" gap at all points. Sagging doors, however, will almost always exhibit an uneven gap, one that tapers down to nothing below the handle.

Tightening problem screws.

Sagging doors tend to follow a common pattern, according to which it is the screws in the top hinge that have worked loose. To verify that this is where the problem is occuring, perform a simple test. Straddle the open door so that you can watch the top hinge while using the two knobs to gently lift the door upward. Chances are you'll notice that top hinge wiggling.

All you need to do now is tighten up the screws of that top hinge. This is most easily done with the help of a second person. Have the helper hold the door in the correct position, allowing for an equal gap between jamb and door. Now, using a step ladder, tighten the loose screws with the appropriate type of screwdriver.

Repairing stripped holes.

Unfortunately, tightening the screws of the top hinge doesn't always solve the problem. That's because over time the holes drilled in the wood of the jamb tend to become stripped. Thus the screw can no longer grip the wood. Luckily, there's a clever way to remedy this problem using nothing more than a few toothpicks and some wood glue.

Start by filling the stripped hole with wood glue. Now, depending on the width of the hole, push one or more toothpicks in as far as they will go. Give the glue several hours to dry thoroughly and then trim off the outjutting ends of the toothpicks using a small saw or a pair of strong scissors. Drill a new pilot hole and then reinstall the hinge screw. It should hold good and tight now.

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