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Forum topic by rdray posted 02-25-2010 05:56 AM 1129 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2010 05:56 AM

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can anyone tell me how to stop an interior (bedroom) door from swinging closed by itself?

-- rdray

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#1 posted 02-25-2010 06:26 AM

It means either your door jamb is out of plumb, or your framing is out og plumb. But sometimes a draft in the house can create it too.
Simple fix is get a combination door stop and catch, they use them on double wide homes.

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#2 posted 02-25-2010 06:59 AM

another trick is to remove one hinge pin and tapit with a hammer, lightly, to put a little bow in it. This will slow the door down. Don’t know that it will effect the hinge much.

-- John at Sugarloft Mountain........Don't argue with an idiot; people watching may not be able to tell the difference.

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#3 posted 02-25-2010 07:10 AM

Doors do that when something is out of plumb – either the jambs or the framing. When I hang a door, I use a 6’ level on the hige barrels and check plumb in both the open and closed positions.

The best options are to replumb your door (which can become a PITA) or put a slight bend in one of the hinge pins. I usually do tihs by resting the pin on a couple of blocks of wood and lightly whacking it with a hammer. The key is LIGHTLY. You want a small amount of bend, but not so much that you can’t get the pin back in the barrels.

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#4 posted 02-25-2010 07:43 AM

My bedroom door does that. Cast iron statue of a dog fixed that problem…

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#5 posted 02-25-2010 02:50 PM

Wow, just saw this and thought, “I know how to fix that problem, someone just told me.” and you have already told him. Oh well, at least he knows. I’m so glad this site is so helpful.

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