In this very humid weather, the front & back exit doors in my c. 1900
vintage house are VERY difficult to close.
How do I fix this? Is it a simple matter of planing off a bit? From which
side (or all)?
I'm guessing that if I took any off the hinge side, though, I'd have to
adjust/reinstall the locks (they both have the kind of deadbolt that sits on
top of the actual door on the inside, and latches with a vertical "rod" into
a piece which is attached to the jamb).
Don't start by planning the doors, it is not possible to put the wood
Doors do get a little larger when the humidity is up, but if they fit
five years ago under the same conditions, then something else is causing the
problem now. It could be a settling of the house, a wearing away of the
door's finish allowing additional moisture to get in, a leak somewhere
putting more moisture into that area or a hinge coming a little loose.
Look for the real reason first. Fix that.
Examine the finish of the door, threshold, and jamb to locate the point
where they come into contact with each other. Check for loose hinge screws
or other problems. Check the top and bottom of the door. The top and more
often than not the bottom don't get finished as well as the faces. This lets
moisture into the door and swelling happens. When you determine where the
trouble is you need to do a logical fix. It could be the jamb has moved or
twisted. It needs to be repositioned and secured. Screws loose? Paint? In
other words just don't assume it's the door. Cutting back the door is the
Are their any doors sticking inside the house, or unusual cracks in the
walls/ceiling? I'm guessing this is a pier and beam house as old as it is,
and am not that familiar with the settling aspects of them, but with a slab
foundation on this stupid texas clay we have in DFW we have to make sure the
ground is watered sufficiently during these dry times or we get the
settling/shifting etc that can cause door problems.
Just a thought.
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