Welcome to our handyman blog, where we provide DIY solutions to common household issues. We’ll delve into the world of sticking doors and offer step-by-step instructions to help you fix them yourself.

While tackling home repairs can be rewarding, remember that some situations may require professional assistance. So, let’s dive in and learn how to tackle those sticky doors!

Why Doors Stick

Sticking doors can be a frustrating problem, often caused by changes in humidity, loose hinges, or misaligned strike plates.With the extreme changes in humidity we experience here in Arizona, from desert dry conditions most of the year to sticky, hot and humid monsoon seasons, you may not notice a problem until the summer comes.

When a door sticks, it can be an inconvenience and potential health or security risk, especially for children and older adults.

Understanding the root causes can help you identify the best solution for your sticky door situation.

Tools You’ll Need

Before we begin, gather the following tools:

  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Sandpaper or plane
  • Lubricant (such as WD-40)
  • Chisel
  • Weatherstripping (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide to Fixing Sticking Doors

Follow these steps to resolve your sticking door issue:

Identify the Problem

  • Observe how the door sticks and note where it catches or rubs.
  • Determine if the issue is caused by misalignment, loose hinges, or other factors.
  • If its an internal closet or bathroom door, make sure that there isn’t too much weight on it from over the door hooks or organizers.

Tighten Loose Hinges

  • Using a screwdriver, tighten any loose screws on the hinges. If the holes are too stripped due to years of use, you may need to due a larger repair, such as of the door frame.
  • Ensure the hinges are securely attached to the door frame and the door itself.

Lubricate the Hinges and Latch

  • Apply a lubricant, such as WD-40, to the hinges, pin, and latch.
  • Move the door back and forth to distribute the lubricant evenly.

Sand or Plane the Door

  • If the door is rubbing against the frame, use sandpaper or a plane to remove excess material.
  • Work gradually, checking the door’s fit frequently, and be careful not to remove too much.

Adjust the Strike Plate

  • Loosen the screws on the strike plate and slightly reposition it to allow for a better fit.
  • Tighten the screws once the door latches properly.

Consider Weatherstripping for External Doors

  • If the door still sticks, adding weatherstripping can provide a tighter seal and alleviate the problem.
  • Choose the appropriate type of weatherstripping based on your door’s configuration and apply it carefully.

When to Call a Handyman

While these DIY solutions are effective in many cases, certain situations may require professional assistance. Call our trusted handyman service if:

  • The door continues to stick after attempting the steps outlined above.
  • The door shows signs of structural damage, such as cracks or warping.
  • You’re unsure about tackling the repairs yourself or lack the necessary tools.

Fixing sticking doors can be challenging. Even though it seems like a simple task, it can lead to bigger jobs if ignored or not done properly.

We hope this guide has provided you with the information you need to tackle those sticky doors in your Arizona home or rental property.

Remember, if the problem persists or you’re faced with more complex repairs, our handyman service is just a call away. Don’t hesitate to reach out for professional assistance. You can easily get a quote by clicking here.