Door Repair

Learn to repair all the doors in your home with these tips and how-tos.

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  • How to Fix Stubborn Bifold Closet Doors

    Tired of bifolds that don’t work right? Learn how to adjust a door that’s always sticking, trim a door that binds, repair a broken…

  • Easily Repair Pet Claw Marks

    Mask shallow claw marks and scratches in wood doors with stain and varnish. Gel stains work well for matching the existing finish.

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    The Family Handyman is proud to announce the DIY University. Courses that give you the confidence and know-how to get the job done right.

  • Repairing a Loose Door Handle

    Tighten a loose doorknob that has hidden chassis screws. It only takes a minute to pop off the cover plate.

  • How to Fix a Broken Door Hinge

    If the hinge screws have broken out of a particleboard door and taken chunks of the particleboard with them, the right glue can usually fix the…

  • How to Fix a Rattling Door

    Interior doors that don’t fit tightly against the doorstop can develop annoying rattles and thumps. There are several good fixes for this…

  • How to Fix a Door Latch

    When a house settles, doors sometimes stop latching properly because one side of the frame has sagged. You can fix the problem easily with a…

  • How to Fix a Bifold Door

    After a few years of use, bifold doors often start to sag, scrape against the floor or pop out of their brackets. Three basic adjustments will…

  • Adjusting a Door Strike Plate

    To fix a door that won’t latch, simply file the edge of the strike plate until the latch clicks into place. It’s a five-minute fix.

  • Fix a Door That Won’t Close

    When houses settle, doors can settle along with them, resulting in misaligned door latches. Solve the problem with a file, a chisel, and a dab…

  • Pocket Door Repair

    Do you have a pocket door that sticks or doesn’t open or shut all the way? Don’t replace it if you don’t have to—just…

  • How to Fix Hinge Screws

    This article will show how to fix a common door hang-up. The solution to loose hinges is simple and foolproof—bigger screws! You'll…

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