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Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 2, 2011
6:33 AM

Post #8873093

Anyone have a door that frustratingly drifts out from the wall when open?

tip; you can remove the center hinge pin, put it on the garage floor w'ever, and use a hammer to tap a slight curve into it. When you re-install it, it will create enough friction to keep a door in w'ever position you place it.
Camden, AR

December 9, 2011
11:43 AM

Post #8922793

great idea! I have to try this!
Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 4, 2012
7:25 AM

Post #9324272

I just did this again at mother-in-law's apartment.
Camden, AR

November 5, 2012
11:28 AM

Post #9325406

By the opposite way - like a door that is almost pushed too that just opens completely back open on its own?? I assume it will since really you are just trying to get it to stay in the position you want it in...


This message was edited Nov 5, 2012 1:28 PM
Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 5, 2012
1:18 PM

Post #9325494

yeah. it creates enough friction to hold a door in position.

So far, I haven't experienced any squeaking but I suppose that's a possibility.
Missouri City, TX

November 6, 2012
6:07 AM

Post #9325896

Sometimes the door casing was not installed plumb or it has gone out of plumb. A small 2x4 and a hammer may allow you to tap the casing back to the correct position.
Corvallis, OR
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2012
8:11 AM

Post #9326890

First thing, check that all the hinge screws are tight. This is the same thing you do if the door starts to rub somewhere.

As Bubba_M stated, the self swinging door is usually due to the casing not being installed plumb in the framing. However, it is usually impossible to tap it into alignment due to all the screws holding it in place. If you can do so, then the door is improperly installed.

To fix the problem generally involves removing the door and trim, removing all but one or two screws on the top/bottom and side that is out of plumb, tapping it into alignment, then replacing everything. Note that there are shims that may need to be replaced. If you don't know how to do all this, buy a book on installing doors.

Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 7, 2012
8:25 AM

Post #9326909

sometimes, the ceiling fan breeze pushes our bedroom door partially shut, that's the only door I've had to do this trick with at our own home.

Of course, there are also mechanical and magnetic 'door stops'/clips that would help hold doors completely open. Occasionally, folks may need a door to remain in some mid-way position.

The bent pin trick is just quick and cheap. Not intended as a substitute for proper construction.

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