Hang a french door

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Posted by: from Toronto
7/2/2012 at 1:00:13 PM

I have an old french door in my livingroom that won't close. Not sure if over the years it swelled or what. I moved in with it like that.

Would love to have it close again.

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Date/Time7/2/2012 at 3:00:34 PM

If you have an old house, then most likely the house has settled. I doubt the door swelled.

There is two ways to fix it. If the door is good quality and original, then have the trim taken out and straighten the frame by re-shimming it.

If it's just a regular door, then you can have the door shaved (cut) to fit the existing opening.

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Date/Time7/2/2012 at 5:08:24 PM

That happens when the house shifts. Can be adjusted but the hinges, would be a good idea to call a finishing carpenter. He would be able to fix it for you.

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Date/Time7/4/2012 at 3:46:21 AM


Likely this is from the settling of the house and not the door swelling.

The best way to repair this issue is to remove the casing and possibly pull out the doors and rehang them from scratch. New shimming and then put the casing back on. I would avoid shaving the door down as that is a quick fix and chances are the door is not properly secured and squared to begin with and if you shave the door it could, in a couple year not close again, then re-squaring the doors will not be an option.

Good luck with your repair.

Thank you,

Sherri & Dustin Depatie

Seamless Finishing Inc.

Office : 780-760-3852

Sherri : 780-297-0986

Dustin : 780-885-2231

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William from All Things Wood in Langley
Date/Time7/4/2012 at 11:48:48 AM

Your on the right track.If its wood it will take on moisture if available causing it to swell in width and thickness not so much in length. Once it looses its moisture ....(and it will), it will shrink and possibly operate correctly.This will be an ongoing cycle though.

You may have to refit with new hinges, shave the door width down or even replace your door jamb?

Good luck!

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