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How To Adjust Your Front Door

September 12, 2016

The front entry to any home is often the centerpiece of the “curb appeal experience.” These doors may be insulated, contain decorative glass, have security features built-in and can be quite heavy. Over time this weight can cause the door to lower on the non-hinge side, making opening and closing more difficult. Correcting for this natural change is really quite simple and we’ll review a few quick tips here.

  1. The first step is to identify if you have a problem. The quickest way to do this is to look at the space between the top of the door and the frame. If you notice that the space near the hinges is quite a bit tighter and smaller than on the handle-side, you will definitely want to make an adjustment. If this is the case, you will also notice along the handle-side of the door that the space near the top is tighter than the space near the bottom.
  2. When you open the door, you’ll want to pay close attention to the top hinge. By removing one of the center screws holding the door to the frame, you will often find that it is a shorter screw, maybe 1.5″ in length. This only secures the door to the frame and not the wall stud behind the frame. By replacing this screw, and the others in the hinge, with longer 4″ screws, you will be able to pull the door back toward the wall, making it level once again.
  3. Before changing screws, however, use a wall scanner on the inside of the house against the drywall to ensure no wiring is running along the stud that you’re about to screw into. While this is rare, if you don’t check first the longer screw may penetrate the stud completely and make contact with the wiring, which can lead to a more serious problem.
  4. When inserting the new longer screw into the hinge, be sure to use an electric powered-screwdriver, preferably of high power and quality. This will ensure the screw is securely fastened, so your door adjustment is permanent. Once complete, re-enter the home and check the spacing along the top and side of the door. You should now see that this spacing is even and your door is once again level.

At Dream Doors, we help homeowners improve the quality and beauty of their investment. While the tips mentioned above can improve the function of your existing doors, our staff can show you how to upgrade the look of your home using the same doors. We pioneered the concept of installing decorative glass into a new design for any existing door. To qualify your door, visit our “Qualify Your Door” page or give us a call at 904-880-7778 for assistance.