How to Adjust 1st Generation Anderson French Door Hinges

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How to Adjust 1st Generation Anderson French Door Hinges
If your French doors sit askew in the frame, adjust the hinges. (patio doors image by jimcox40 from

If your first generation Anderson french doors are lopsided or loose, readjusting the hinges can set them straight. Anderson introduced these doors in 1985; since then, the wood on your doors may have swollen, shrunk and swollen again, pushing the door hinges out of whack. With a simple hex wrench, you can readjust your hinges to improve the fit of your French doors in the frame.

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  • Hex wrench

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  1. 1

    Open and close the swinging door a few times. If the door panel rubs against the frame or sill, adjust the hinges. If the hinges move roughly or the door doesn't sit equally on all the hinges, replace them.

  2. 2

    Tighten the two position fixing screws located on the frame-side of the hinge. Simply turn clockwise with your screwdriver to tighten the screws.

  3. 3

    Tighten the horizontal adjusting screw by turning it counterclockwise. There is only one for each hinge, and it sits between the two position-fixing screws.

  4. 4

    Check whether tightening the screws fixed the problem with the swinging of the door. If not, proceed to step 5.

  5. 5

    Close the door in the frame. If it's not square, use the hinge at which it's the most square as the "pivot point." Adjust all the other hinges to this hinge. Turning the horizontal adjusting screw counterclockwise increases the gap between the door and the frame, whereas turning it the other way closes the gap. These turns will centre the door horizontally in the frame.

  6. 6

    Center the door vertically in the frame by turning the vertical adjustment screw. Start with the bottommost hinge and work upward.

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