DIY: Hinge Adjustment for a Warped Door

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DIY: Hinge Adjustment for a Warped Door
Warped doors may occur due to moisture or fluctuating temperatures. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Warped doors are common in areas where there are extreme dips and changes in weather or moisture levels. Doors that are not sealed properly, or are old, will absorb water. During temperature changes, the water will expand or contract accordingly, causing warping of the wood. This causes the door to stick when opening or closing it. Instead of chucking the door into the garbage, move the hinges to keep the door from catching as it moves in the door jamb.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Shim
  • Drill
  • Jigsaw

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  1. 1

    Remove the screws holding the hinges in place for the door.

  2. 2

    Place a half shim in behind the hinge to move the door further into the door jamb. Place the shim on the furthest part of the hinge and drill into it to make a hole for the screw.

  3. 3

    Place another half shim in the top hinge, at the part of the hinge closest to the door. Drill a hole into it to make a hole for the screw.

  4. 4

    Reattach the hinges with the shims in place. Close the door to make sure it worked. Shave off a little of the hinge using a jigsaw for fine adjustments.

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