On Wed, 18 Aug 2010 18:47:22 -0400, Welsh Dog wrote:
I'm having trouble getting my back door to close.
The lower part of the door all of a sudden, after a rain, is sticking
out and raking the bottom of the seal.
Don't just whinge - make your opinion count!
Wood gets bigger when it gets wet. Paint gets porous when it gets old.
Add the two together, and you get a wooden door with old paint that gets
bigger when it rains. It's probably also going rotten at the bottom
and/ or the rainstrip's fallen off. If the frame's going rotten too,
then the top hinge pulls out of the frame slightly, which lets to door
drop and foul the sill.
For a temporary cure, take the door down, plane or sand a bit off the
bottom, and rehang it. If you can't get the screws to bite, then you
need a new frame and door.
Not mine. I have a large collection of antique planes. I use some in
my daily work. They love me and I love them. We're happy together.
To the OP: investigate, then make plans. Take the door off by
removing the hinge pins, visually check the bottom of the door for
rot, stick an awl into the wood at several spots to see if it's sound,
sight along the door to see if it's warped, check the threshold to see
if it moves when you step on it, etc. If the door is shot, and
depending on the door, it might be easier to replace the whole door
and frame. It probably wouldn't cost you much more money nor take
I agree with Cindy. I bet a plane or belt sander is far cheaper than a new
door. And, if, you don't own either of those do you own all the tools to
install a new door? Or a door and frame?
This meant to be a lesson for all.
I wasn't born with tools and nobody gave me many. Everytime the cost of a
tool was less than the cost of the labor hired, I bought the tool to do the
job. Over the years with reasonable care they pay many large dividends.
Far better than the stock market or much, much better than the bank
Please come visit http://www.househomerepair.com
I now believe Welsh Dog was making a play on words, meaning
"airplane" when the rest of us were talking woodworking. His
humor is too subtle for me. Anything more sophisticated than
a fart joke passes right over my head.
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