Articles: Freeing a Sticking Door
Doors stick when the hinges sag, when the door frame shifts, or
when humidity causes the door and door frame to swell. If the door
seems to be sagging within the frame, make sure the hinge screws
are tight. Screws that are loose may need to have their screw holes
If the door continues to stick, you'll need to plane or sand the
door edge at the point where the door touches the door frame. After
you're done, don't forget to refinish the edge of the door.
Drive the lower hinge pin out with a screwdriver and hammer. Hold
the door in place and drive out the upper pin. Some hinges have
an access hole in the bottom. To avoid marring the hinge finish,
you can insert a nail or small Phillips screwdriver and drive the
- Once the door is removed from its hinges, tighten any loose screws. If the wood behind the hinge will not hold the screws tightly, remove the hinges completely.
- Coat wooden golf tees or dowels with wood glue and then drive them into the worn screw holes. Let the glue dry completely and then cut off the excess wooden tee.
- Drill pilot holes in the new wood and rehang the hinge with the new wood as a base for the screws.