Case Study: Fixing a Sagging, Self-closing Door
Doors in older houses sometimes close on their own because they’re out of plumb. If the wall is out of plumb or the house has major settlement issues, you may need to do major work to fix the problem, but if the door slowly “creeps” closed and the wall is still plumb you can usually solve the problem by tweaking the hinges a little.
Check the gap at the top of the
door. If it’s wider at the doorknob
side, remove the center screw at the
top hinge and replace it with a predrilled 3-in.
screw angled slightly toward the middle of the jamb (Photo 1). The screw will pull
the jamb and door tighter to the
framing and hopefully fix the
If the door still creeps closed (but
less so), go to the “Kleenex box”
shimming technique (Photo 2). Put
one shim behind the middle hinge
and two shims behind the bottom