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06-06-2010 05:05 PM

The pantry door sticks so me being the good husband that I am (well trained) decided to fix it. First I took it off the hinges, took it to the garage and using a hand plane trimmed the opening. Rehung door and it fit perfectly (the third try). Noticed that the hinges looked kind of shabby so decided to replace them. Drove to big box store and bought new hinges. Came home and placed them on door. Started to rehang door and noticed the new hinges were not exactly the same as old hinges and left some bare wood showing. Took hinges off door and drove back tot store. After looking for 15 min found the right ones and drove back home. Put new hinges on door. They fit good but when I went to install hinges on door frame they were 1/16 in too big. No problem. Got my chisels and trimmed door. Hung door on new hinges. Door will not shut. Do not know why, every thing is plumb, level, all screw heads flush. Door just will not shut. Replaced old hinges, opened beer, watching TV and mumbling.

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#1 posted 06-06-2010 05:17 PM

Is the face frame flat?

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-06-2010 06:23 PM

airman – you’ll probably get a whole lot of responses to your problem. Doors are very funny things. Started hanging them in 1969 when the painter I worked for allways got a bigger hammer to make a door work better. Whithout seeing the problem first hand I am thinking that replacing hinges was the culpret. The hinge is the most critical part of a door. If the replacement hinges were not the same brand and stock number it might have made the door fit the opening differently. You mentioned you took the door to the garage and trimmed the opening. I hope you ment the door. You also said you raplaced the old hinges. Did the door work ok then? Don’t worry a lot of people have trouble with doors. You should see my work area in the process of hanging a door, takes a lot of tools. Good luck – bob

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#3 posted 06-06-2010 06:41 PM

Doors are confusing beasts.

When you say the door wont shut do you mean it catches intself on the jamb or casing when you close it? or its bound up and wont swing at all?
If its the first option then you may have a door jamb issue or you need so scribe the bottom of the door.
Door are very evil things

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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Mary Anne

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#4 posted 06-06-2010 07:07 PM

Good luck. You have my sympathy!

When you get yours fixed, you can come to my house and fix the bedroom door that won’t stay open.
I’ve tried loosening the hinge screws and repositioning the door, even tried the “trick” of bending the pins… damn thing still closes by itself.

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#5 posted 06-06-2010 07:52 PM

Mary Anne
it seems to me you need to fix your doorframe so it´s plum and level
for me it sounds like the top of the frame is leening away from the door
when it´s closed


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Mary Anne

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#6 posted 06-06-2010 08:07 PM

Dennis, I believe you are correct!

shopguryl, yep, already made one a while back. :)

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#7 posted 06-06-2010 09:49 PM

door closes just fine with the old/ugly hinges. With the new hinges the door hits the casing and yes it was the door I trimmed not the frame.

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#8 posted 06-06-2010 10:01 PM

Your new hinges are probably unnoticably thicker than the old ones.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#9 posted 06-07-2010 01:06 AM

If you opened the beer first, you might have been able to skip all the rest.

-- Gerry,

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#10 posted 06-07-2010 01:51 AM

In a lot of older homes that have shifted and settled over the years the frame/jamb warps a bit and the hinges actually bend and warp with the house. In my house I’ve either had to completely redo the jamb or make the old hinges work with the new door.

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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#11 posted 06-07-2010 02:46 AM

Do like the appliance industry handles such problems. Hammer to fit, paint to match!

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#12 posted 06-07-2010 10:57 PM

The real question is… is your wife getting a good laugh out of it?

-- Power tools put us ahead of the monkeys

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Michael Murphy

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#13 posted 06-07-2010 11:24 PM

Hinge mortises on new hinges too deep? That can cause the door to not close.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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