Basic Steps For Checking And Adjusting Steel Entryway Doors

Posted on: 11 May 2015

Entryway doors made with steel material may start to stick and sag after a prolonged period of time. This may occur because the screws in the door hinges starts to loosen and cause the door to close and open improperly. In addition, the door may start to stick if the building has started to settle, causing the door frame to come out of place. The information below provides some details on how to check and adjust your steel entryway doors if they are not working properly.

Testing Door Movement

In order to check if your steel door hinges are loose, you should open first open the door up to see if the top looks out of sync. Then to further check for loose hinges, you have to hold the front edge of the door and jiggle it up and down. If the door moves easily from one position to the other, then the hinges are loose on the back of the door. The steel door screws should be tightened back in place to prevent further movement or cause screws to disengage from the hinges altogether.

After you have tightened the hinge screws, it is essential that the door is checked for proper fit and ease of movement. If you notice the door still has some loose movement, this means that the screw isn't tight enough. This is an indicator that the holes for the hinges have become larger than the actual screw. To fix this you will need a toothpick, which works to fill the excess space in the screw hole. Insert the tip of a toothpick into the screw hole, then reinsert the screw and tighten it once again.

Check Door Spacing

Look over your steel entryway door to check if there is any extra space located between the door frame and the front edge of the door. If there is more space between the front and bottom of the door, then there is an issue with the spacing. In order to determine whether there is a hinge problem in the top or bottom of the steel door, check to see which one has the biggest gap of space between the hinge and door. The hinge that is the farthest away is the one that should be replaced. In order to do this, you will need to unscrew and remove the hinge and add a plastic shim behind it so that it fits properly once again.

In order to add the shim, slide it up against the wall where in the place where you removed the hinge. Place the hinge on top of the shim, making sure that the slit cut in the middle of the shim is aligned with the hinge's screw holes. Then you should slide the screws in through the hinge and shim and tighten them in place to secure the door once again.

If you are unsure of how to do this yourself, consider consulting with a door contractor like Callahan Door and Window to have them checked and fixed if necessary.


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