4 Easy Door Fixes

A door that rattles or drags along the floor can be a major distraction, especially in commercial settings where you need peace and quiet to focus on your work. In many smaller offices, interior doors that don't function just right are often left unrepaired for long periods of time as more important tasks take precedence, or managers wait to find room in the budget for repairs or replacement. If your work has been interrupted by a door that just doesn't work as it should, you might be surprised to learn just how easy it is to fix basic door issues. Try these quick fixes to address basic door problems so you can get back to work.

Hardware Concerns

Do you find yourself struggling to fit your key in your lock each morning? If you meet resistance from locks and other hardware, try squirting a bit of lubricant, such as WD-40, into the keyhole to easily solve the problem. While WD-40 will also provide a quick fix for squeaky hinges, it's not the best long-term solution. Instead, use a hammer and screwdriver to tap the pins out of each hinge. Coat them in lithium grease and reinsert for long-term squeak relief.

Doors That Drag

A door that drags the ground when opened or closed likely suffers from loose screws in the hinges. Start with the top hinge and use a screwdriver to tighten all screws in each hinge. This should also fix problems with doors that scrap the frame along the bottom third of the door. If tightening the screws doesn't fix the problem, try swapping the shorter screws in the hinges for ones measuring two to three inches in length.

Loose Doors

Doors that rattle in their frames or won't stay closed likely have too much space inside the frame. To remedy this, slip a wooden shim behind each hinge, using the hinge screws to hold it in place. If this isn't enough to solve the problem, add a similar shim behind the door strike to bring it closer to the latch and help the door stay closed.

Sticky Doors

Some doors are simply too large for their frame, either due to poor initial sizing or the effects of moisture and humidity. Doors with this issue will stick within the frame, making it hard to close or open them. If you have a bit of woodworking skill, try removing the strike plate and using a chisel to recess it a bit more into the frame. You can also remove a small amount of wood behind each hinge in this manner. If this doesn't work, plane the door to remove excess wood. 

If you are stuck, contact a door specialist like Crawford Door Sales Of Nevada Ltd for help.