Home Maintenance Tips: How To Fix A Broken Door
There are many different reasons for a door to break, typically due to wear and tear. You can also do many things to fix the problem, so you don’t have to incur hefty repair costs!
The first step is identifying the problem – is it a broken hinge? Are the screws loose? Is the lock sticking? Once you have identified the problem, then you can fix it accordingly.
Which Door Is It?
Depending on the door, is it the front door, inside the house, or garage one? The problems and solutions may vary, but they are usually a matter of fixing screws, hinges, or door locks. And If you need your garage door rollers repaired, for example, you will probably have to call a professional. They’ll be able to look at what’s going wrong and tell you exactly how to fix it without all these steps; this is a much more accessible, more professional way of catching the same problems you would have otherwise.
But often, because the rollers are grimy and dirty, simple prevention will do miracles. The best way to clean them is to take your door off its track completely, then use WD-40 or some other lubricant to clean the tracks.
Another problem may be that your door is sticking in one place when you try to open or close it. This usually means that you need to grease the hinges on the door, but only do this if you are familiar with the practical use of these lubricants around the house.
Identify the Problem
If your door doesn’t shut properly, check if anything’s jammed in behind it. Grab a screwdriver and check all of the hinges on both sides of your door – the upper hinge is attached via a pin that pushes out and then in again, and the bottom hinge is connected via a leaf spring and screws.
If there’s resistance due to something jammed behind the door, reach in with your fingers until you find what’s obstructing it. Unscrew any screws you see on hinges so they don’t hold it shut and gently tug the pins out of their sockets. Do this one at a time so as not to damage any hinges or springs – if you can unscrew by twisting them between your fingers, that’s fine; if they’re resisting too much for that because of rust or whatever, do it by lightly tapping them with a hammer and screwdriver simultaneously.
Tighten the Hinges
One at a time, reach into the hole where the pin is attached to your door. Place one end of a flat-head screwdriver against the end of the hinge leaf (the part that extends past what you see when looking at the surface of your door) and push in while holding down on it with another screwdriver, so it doesn’t tip over. Once you’ve pushed in enough to expose more of the hinge leaf, grab onto it firmly with pliers so it can’t simply flip back out when you let go of one screwdriver. While still gripping onto this stem with pliers, twist until tight or until there’s resistance, then hold still for 10 seconds. Unscrew again by turning with fingers if you can, and if it’s too strong to twist, gently tap the end of the hinge leaf with a hammer and screwdriver.
Tighten the Screws
At each hinge, you’ll notice two screws attaching the leaf springs to vertical supports. Take your flat-head screwdriver and tighten these screws one at a time by twisting them in between fingers (if they’re not already like that).
Check the Locks
If your door still doesn’t shut properly despite everything you’ve done, check that all your locks are engaging completely when closed. For the lock at the doorknob level, try turning it around, so it opens from inside or outside; if this works, your issue is on the lock side of the door. If not, then it’s on the opposite side.
Check the Window
If you also have a window (or if your issues are with both your doorknob and your locks), try unscrewing one corner of the glass pane; if this causes the window to slip out easily, tighten up all four corners before screwing in place again. Otherwise, check that there isn’t anything jammed beneath or behind either your lock or hinges (if that’s an issue).
Check the Frame
Check around the area of your door, making sure not to damage it with any tools you’re using. If you see that one part of your frame is loose, tighten up all screws holding that section into place before re-screwing your doorknob and locks. Once everything’s tightened up, spray the whole area with expanding foam if necessary – it won’t cause any issues if you happen to notice this after fixing everything else!
The Last Resort
If none of this works for you, check around your hinges or on top of where they’d be attached at the top of your door; if any gaps are exposing the outside world (which would allow weather, insects, etc. to get in), seal them up with caulking. Stick it if you want to ensure it doesn’t come undone or use duct tape for a temporary solution.
If the problem is on the other side of your door (i.e., not underneath where hinges are), then check that your door isn’t warped – you may also need to do whatever you can there to prevent weather from getting inside as well!
If you want to prevent more significant problems from happening in the future, avoid leaving your doors open when not in use and check that all locks are catching/locking completely when closed.
You also might consider replacing your hinges every once in a while (try doing it yourself with reclaimed wood and hinges from the hardware store) so that they’re constantly in good condition!
Door maintenance is essential, so they don’t get to break and need to be replaced. You can take steps like tightening screws, using caulking or sealant, replacing hinges as required, and more! If you’re still having trouble with your door after trying these tips out, give a professional a call and have them fix the problem on the spot or replace your door so you don’t have to worry anymore.