How to Adjust Door Hinges

Date:May 29, 2019

Tightening Hinges So Your Door Closes

1. Examine the top corner of your door to see if it’s catching on the frame.

2. Tighten the screws on the door hinges with a screwdriver.

3. Unscrew the middle screw on the top door hinge if the problem persists.

4. Screw a 3 inch (7.6 cm) screw into the top door hinge. 

Adjusting Hinges on Doors with Big Gaps

1. Check the gap between the unhinged side of your door and the frame. 

2. Unscrew the bottom door hinge on your door.

3. Trace half of the hinge on a thin sheet of cardboard 4 times.

4. Cut out the traced outlines of the hinge plate.

5. Put 2 of the cardboard cutouts in the mortises on the door and jamb.

6. Screw the bottom hinge back on over the cardboard cutouts. 

7. Unscrew the top door hinge and add the other 2 cardboard cutouts. 

8. Add more cardboard cutouts if the gap is still too large.

Fixing Doors that Stick

1. Examine the gap between the unhinged side of your door and the frame.

2. Unscrew the bottom hinge on your door. 

3. Check the edge of the mortise for compression marks.

4. Use a utility knife to cut along the compression mark lines. 

5. Use a chisel to remove the excess wood from the mortise.

6. Screw the hinge back onto your door.

7. Repeat with the other door hinges.

8. Shave your door down with a hand plane if the problem persists.

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