One common problem for homeowners involves adjusting a door so that it closes properly. By following the steps in this post, you can keep your home safe and secure from drafts and unwanted pests. Let’s get started!
Open the door and locate the screws on the hinge.
To begin your project, open the door and locate the screws that attach it to its hinges. Doing so can be a bit tricky; a closer look at the hinges can help reveal any screws that may be hidden from sight.
Once you’ve located every appropriate screw, decide whether you need to remove them or just unscrew them slightly. If you choose to remove them, make sure you track where each one came from so you can reassemble the hinge correctly later. The right tools will make this task simpler and ensure that your project runs smoothly.
Unscrew the screws slightly, enough that you can move the door but it’s still secure.
Adjusting screws is a simple but effective way to ease your door’s movements. By unscrewing the screws slightly, you create enough slack in the hinges for the door to move freely on its own, but it won’t get so loose that it no longer remains securely attached.
Move the door to where you want it, then screw the screws back in place tightly.
First, gently lift the door to where you want it and then start screwing the screws back in place tightly. Be sure to check that all of the screws are lined up evenly and snugly to ensure that nothing moves when you open or close the door.
Take care to adjust the door properly and tighten each screw while making sure not to overdo it so you don’t end up damaging the door or its frame.
Check that the door is level by looking at it from different angles and adjust as necessary.
Ensuring that the door is level is an important step when installing, especially if it swings in two directions.
To test if a newly installed door is level, view it from different angles. The threshold should appear even on every side. If the door appears to be tilted, use an adjustable screw or hinge to adjust the alignment and ensure that all sides are flush with the frame.
This will not only improve the appearance of your new installation but also improve its functionality by ensuring that it moves properly and closes securely. Taking the extra time to check your leveling job will help guarantee a successful project!
If the door is still not level, you may need to adjust the frame itself using shims or other methods.
Installing a door requires level and precise attention to detail. If the frame is still not level after all your adjustments, you may need to adjust the frame itself by using shims between certain parts of the frame and the wall.
Depending on which areas require leveling, these can be placed under the bottom track or against the sides of the jambs. Ultimately, shims provide an important level adjustment and will help to ensure a successful install.
All in all, adjusting the door does not have to be an overwhelming project. If done carefully and thoughtfully, it can be quite rewarding! Whether you are looking to change the entry or exit location of your home or just looking to streamline the function of what you already have, understanding how to move a door is a great skill to have.
As always, it is important to do your research before starting any project and if necessary, consult one of our professionals. With that said, give it a shot – we are always ready to help if you encounter challenges along the way!