I have a door that has never been painted or sealed. After 30+ years it's
sagging against the strike side of the jamb. My idea is to take it off the
jamb and square it up, glue any loose joints, clamp until the glue sets
and rehang it. This is the Plan:
I'll take the door down and lay it on a sheet of plywood. The plywood will
have a jig made of either 1x2 or 2x4 in an "L" shape, where the corner is
known to be square. Using this square corner, I'll wedge the door into it,
then square up the other 3 corners, checking to insure the sides are
parallel. Set glue into the joints (What about the side on the plywood?),
pipe clamps across the door and possibly wedge the free sides so they
Any suggestions or corrections?
On Feb 9, 9:31 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (Charles Bishop) wrote:
Do you know for sure that it's the door that it out of square and not
the jamb itself?
What are these "joints" that you speak of? You didn't describe the
door. Is it a raised panel door, with stiles and rails?
How do plan to "set glue into the joints"?
It could be a little of both, but a square shows the jamb is mostly
square. If it's not, I can reset the strike side of the jamb. (Bigger
Sorry, it's an entry door, raised panel, 9-light, 6'8, 1 3/4. The "joints"
are at the junction of the top, bottom and central rails and the stiles.
Dunno. Maybe a glue hypodermic. There are spaces visible now making it
obvious that the joint failure has caused the sagging. (The hinge stile
still has a fairly even gap between itself and the jamb. The lockset stile
has a huge gap between itself and the top of the jamb.
It's worth a shot, rather than buying a new door.
On Fri, 10 Feb 2012 08:27:08 -0800 (PST), Robert Macy
It is both- though across the grain is more.
You are unlikely to find 2 pieces of wood that expand and contract at
the same degree or rate. That's why those panels should be allowed
to move. [OTOH- the first person to paint the door will negate the
benefit of no glue.]
If the door is sagging I would expect it to drag on the bottom. If it is
against the strike I would expect loose hinges. Impossible to say from
the information given. For instance is the contact on the strike side
the full length or just top. Can you see joints opening from a sag.
Exactly. The poster has likely not giving the correct info, for us to
suggest the proper fix. These measurements would tell us which, the
door or the frame, is the problem area, unless it is the hinges that
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