new door will not close


Postby corp » Thu May 05, 2011 6:32 pm

Hi,

I've just hung a new door with rising buck hinges but the door will not close properly when pushed shut it springs open about 3 inches when left to it's own devices. I've tried shims in the hinges but nothing seems to change. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Postby chris_on_tour2002 » Sun May 08, 2011 9:35 am

it's probably fouling on the door stop when you close it over.

take it off, close the door then put it back on again allowing it's position to be governed by the door.
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Postby corp » Sun May 08, 2011 1:25 pm

Thanks for your reply but there is day light between the door and the stop even when I close it fully. The hinges are flush on door and frame do you think it would help if I sunk the frame hinges?

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Postby chris_on_tour2002 » Sun May 08, 2011 9:24 pm

yes, the hinges should always be rebated. this is to transfer the weight of the door to the frame - if you don't rebate then the screws are bearing the full weight and will eventually work themselves loose and potentially split the liner, even with a lightweight door.

also i suggest you move the door stop, it should fit closely to the door when shut, for aestetics, draught exclusion and retardation in the event of a fire.

without looking at it, it's difficult to say why the door is springing open, could be the hinges are binding (working against eachother if they are not linear along the pivot point), the spine could be binding on the frame or the door may simply not be hung true and plumb and gravity is pulling it open.
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