I have a few doors that seem to have expanded this winter and won't
close properly, or open easily, they just get stuck, it's a struggle.
What electric tool do I need to shave a bit of wood off them? is it an
electric grinder, sander, or planer?
Many thanks and regards.
A planer, but you'd probably be better off to just buy a cheap hand
plane. There's no need to spend a bunch of money on an electric
hand-held planer when you can do the job in 30 seconds with a neander
You don't need an electric tool. Use a bullnose
plane, which will allow you to plane all the way
to the bottom of the door. Don't dismount the
door, just note where it hits the frame and plane
those parts, plane a little, swing the door to
test, and plane a bit more if it still contacts.
Well, I put a dab of silicone on my fathers front door that had been
gradually hanging worse and worse for about 4 or 5 years, year round, and
that was 10 years ago and it is still opening and closing fine. This is a
now 32 year old house.
I think the method described I should be the first course of action followed
by actually resquaring the door jamb which is more work but the correct
repair. Whittling down the door is also really a cure of the symptom. I
did actually have to resquare one of the other exterior door jambs in his
house. While I have replaced several door and door jambs I some shot a nail
at an angle and nailed the door permanently shut while putting the inside
molding back on. My dad got a big kick out of that. :~)
Sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn't. [Chief Dan
Also, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. My house is much older than
that, and still moving around some. In fact, I just recently redid
the bathroom and had to plane the door slightly so that the newly
applied paint wouldn't be rubbed off. No silicon of use there.
Mine was stapling a couple of pieces while holding them together with
the other hand.
On 27 Feb 2006 20:39:49 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Anything that will cut wood, then apply common sense.
That said, my father-in-law had a small [very small ...perhaps 2"?]
hand held electric plane. Since I never asked for anything when he
passed on, I didn't get it. No regrets; memory of him was the item of
the day. However, I wish I'd kept note of it. I think it was Porter
Cable. That would be perfect for such jobs. I haven't seen one
If concerned about shaky hands and lack of technique, you can build a
frame support you can clamp to marked lines [on tape] on the sides
ofthe door. Then use that as a guide for a router. Think of two
short 4" boards with the router support frame built to them in the
middle to straddle the door. You clamp the boards to the door lines
away out from the router frame, and move along to finish. A little
hand sanding when done, then paint, and you won't see the flaws if you
I have a completely opposite experience. They expand in the winter and
become a struggle to open and close, and in the summer they're just
fine. Perhaps your winters are not as wet and frosty as they are here.
I had the same problem with 5 doors in our 2 yr old house. I planed the
doors with a power planer because there was too much to plan by hand.
My suggestion is to scribe a line down the door before you plane. This
way you will get an even gap between the door and the frame. If you
power plan it, scrape the paint off the edge first. The paint will
cause a knick in you blade.
The proper tool is a screwdriver.
Before you chop anything off, shim the hinges and make sure the
door isn't simply rubbing on the frame due to settling. Once you
cut off part of a door that previously fit properly there is no
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