Emergency Locksmith Tips – How to Fix a Door That Sticks
By Rick M Smith
To prevent unwanted accidents whether at home, or in your business – you need to take care to immediately remedy a door that sticks.
You see, if you or your customer goes to open a door that sticks, it can result in a hand sprain. Worse yet, if they yank the door hard, it may just comeback and smack them in the face!
Then you have a broken nose, sprained wrist or a lawsuit – all of which are really painful.
Here are a few things you can do to remedy a sticky door problem, which you can do simply with a few tools in your toolbox.
Dealing with a Sticky Door
You’ve got a door that sticks along the “strike area” (the part of the door frame where it meets the outermost edge of the door). No need to do anything drastic. Instead, pull out a Philips screwdriver and do this fast fix. In 9 out of 10 times, this will fix your problem.
1. Determine where the sticking is happening. If the sticking area is along the door frame where the hinges are located, this fix will not work. If it is happening along the top edge of the doorframe, this fix will only make the situation worse. This fix only works along the edge of the door frame where the strike-plate is located.
2. Now, precisely where on this part of the doorframe does the sticking occur? On the top, middle, or bottom? Most times, you’ll find that the door sticks along the top because the door is sagging.
3. Using your Philips screwdriver, tighten the screws of either the top, middle, or bottom hinge. Tighten the screws that go into the door and the screws that go into the door frame. Don’t over-tighten the screws or you may strip/break them.
4. In most cases, the problem is now fixed. If not, tighten the screws in the other two hinges.
5. Note: I prefer to use a hand screwdriver for better control with these tiny hinge screws that are prone to breaking. If you use a cordless drill or driver, be sure to set the clutch very low so that you do not risk stripping or breaking the screws.
6. If the screws are stripped out, remove the screw and fill the holes with wood tooth picks and then reinstall the screws. This trick works every time.
So these are a few things you can do to prevent sticky door accidents in your home or business. So get to fixing it now, before you are faced with a worse problem.
Rick M. Smith is the founder of Community Lock & Safe Service, Inc. which offers customers the best choice in Security services. Rick is also considered an expert Locksmith in Anaheim, California. With over 34 years in the business and still family owned Community Lock & Safe Service, Inc. offers its customers the best peace of mind when it comes to protecting their home or business. To learn more about our services call (714) 777-6132.