7 easy fixes for common door problems

When planing a door, time of year matters

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Many newer doors have strike cylinders that are drive-in, meaning they're held in place by a friction fit in the hole that's drilled in the edge of the door, rather than by screws. They're also held by tension on the doorknob, which is what the strike cylinder is connected to. First, loosen the screws holding the doorknob, so that you have a little play in the knob.

Set a block of wood against the strike cylinder, and tap it with a hammer to drive it back into the door until it's flush with the door's edge. Finally, securely tighten the doorknob's screws to hold the knob and cylinder in place.

The door hits the wall: You need a door stop. There are three types of door stops available, depending on the situation. The simplest is a solid or flexible stop with a screw on one end and a rubber cap on the other, which is screwed into a pilot hole that's drilled into the door or into the baseboard.

Another style is a hinge stop, which is used when you want to stop the door before it can open far enough to contact a stop on a wall. To install this type of stop, remove the top or center hinge pin, slip it through the hinge stop, then reinstall the pin in the hinge.

The hinge stop has an adjustable rod that screws in and out to contact the door at different points, allowing you to stop the door's swing exactly where you want it.

The third type is called a floor stop. Floor stops are attached directly to the floor, and are the strongest of all the stops, making them especially well suited for commercial applications. On the downside, because they sit directly on the floor, they can sometimes be in the way.

Floor stops typically have a long pin that fits into a predrilled hole in the floor for strength, along with a screw that secures it to the floor.

Remodeling and repair questions? Email Paul at paulbianchina@inman.com. All product reviews are based on the author's actual testing of free review samples provided by the manufacturers.

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