I just finished some remodeling where a contractor had to install a
couple of prehung doors. He apparently didn't install them completely
level and plumb because the swing open if they're not closed tight, so
you can't leave the doors open a little bit. Is there a way short of
ripping the doors out so that the doors will not swing?
Take the hinge pins out, lay them on their side on a hard surface and tap
them firmly with a hammer to put an ever so slight bend in them. Don't over
do it. Put them back and the friction from the bent pin will stop the door
Frankly the contractor needs to fix the error. However he will not want
to and will likely just do the bent pin trick that works, sort of. I like
it done right, but in real life you don't always get right.
i agree...there is only so much play in a prehung split jam unit to play
with....and gaps between the trim and finished wall that result from trying to
"compensate" for an out of plumb wall are worse than a door that likes to swing
If this is a prehung door check the way the hinges are installed into the
mortise in both the door and jamb. I have seen these not installed correct
from the factory. Need to make sure all hinges are fit into there mortise
correctly. Easy fix any way. No reason to take entire door back out.
If contractor wont correct problem pull hinge pin and put slight bend
in it by laying on cement and tapping with hammer to put slight bend
On Fri, 07 Nov 2003 13:38:10 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
what a bunch of hacks in here.
"bend the pin a little"
what a crock!
the O.P. PAID someone to install a "new" door and all of you insist on
him/her bending the hinge pin.
gives a whole new meaning to AHR (Alternate Hack Repair)
TO THE O.P.
TRY TAPPING THE JAMB WITH A BLOCK AND HAMMER.
if the door is closing by itself
tap (whack) the bottom of the jamb.
(until the door is plumb in both directions)
then install 1 longer screw in each hinge.
(a couple of finish nails may be necessary)
bending the pin will cause heat build up from friction and will cause black
dust to leak out of the jamb in time.
(causing a mess on the paint or stain)
it is a temporary fix ................but NOT a solution!
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