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How to Stop a Door From Swinging Open

We'll show you a simple fix that will keep interior doors from swinging all the way open if you leave them slightly ajar. It's an annoying problem with an easily solution that you can do yourself. All it takes is bending the hinge pin.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Bend the hinge pin

If you have a door that swings all the way open every time you leave it slightly ajar, the door frame isn't plumb. But you don't need to take the door down and go through the hassle of disassembling everything just to adjust the frame. Instead, try this much simpler fix.

Grab a hammer, a few scraps of wood, a large nail and a shim. Take them into the room and close the door. Stick the shim loosely between the door and the jamb to hold the door in position when you drive out the upper hinge pin. Then bend the pin slightly with a firm whack. Reinsert the pin and check the results. If the door still won't stay open, do the same with the lower hinge.

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Required Tools for this Project

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    • Hammer
    • Pliers

Required Materials for this Project

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    • You'll need a nail to knock out the hinge pin.

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April 12, 10:22 PM [GMT -5]

I could just kiss you whoever you are. I too have been a victim of the "oil the squeaky door hinge" only to be irritated with not one, but two, doors swinging open for 4+ years. I had tried everything, loosening screws, shims, I even poured glue down the nail pin hinge. (I still don't understand how a perfectly performing door goes haywire from oiling the hinges).
Today I typed in this problem and your site came up with this "seemed to simple to work" solution. We grabbed the hammer, followed the directions, and within seconds both doors are standing still where I stop them. We now have two less irritations in the house,,,, amazing. Thank you, thank you!!

April 07, 1:12 PM [GMT -5]

This worked like a charm and was soooo easy! I'm pretty handy anyway but I did not think of such a simple solution for such an annoying problem. My bathroom door would swing shut...but not anymore!! Thank you Family Handyman!!

November 25, 12:49 PM [GMT -5]

Had laundry room door that kept swinging shut. Tried this and works perfectly. Door stays open now.

November 25, 12:47 PM [GMT -5]

Worked perfectly.

April 12, 12:16 PM [GMT -5]

Worked like a charm and took only a couple of minutes. Thanks for the tip!

February 15, 6:15 PM [GMT -5]

I watch your programs all the time on tv with clsoe intent, I am glad "ask" sent me to your site, I have been frustrated for some time like a fool I oiled the door as well as everyone to stop a sweek but did not know I was going to be punished for it.. I like a door to stay where I put it, what a simple fix thanks so much now I can start worring about how i am going to get a new bathtub upstairs with out making a sun roof. then i will learn how to tile a wall...

February 01, 11:33 AM [GMT -5]

This worked exactly as stated. But I have another door that swings shut and I want it to stay open. What is the fix for that?

November 18, 9:39 PM [GMT -5]

This solution worked perfectly!

From start to finish required 30 seconds! I adjusted only 2 of the 3 hinges on my swinging door.

Now the door stays in whatever position I leave it in! True happiness!

I appreciate being able to find such good advice before attempting something that would have been much more involved.

May 03, 1:11 AM [GMT -5]

I oiled a squeaky hinge on my basement door about two years ago and ever since it has swung open on its own causing us to bump into it with the adjacent garage door. The only fix was to fold up a rug, but my wife has been less than pleased with my DIY fix so far. This will definitely get me back in her good graces! Thanks a bunch. It worked like a charm. I had to bend both the top and bottom, but it stopped the swinging.

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