Gordon Lumber Company

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A door that is difficult to close, and tends to spring open, is said to be hinge-bound. The problem is usually caused by hinge recesses cut too deep in either the door edge or in the frame. Generally, when correctly fitted, the hinge flaps should be flush with the surface of the wood.

STEP 1: Open the door fully and then put a wedge under it.

STEP 2: Clear any paint from the slots in the hinge screws, and remove the screws. Remove the screws from the bottom or lower hinges first, always leaving the top hinge attached with at least one screw until last. Then have a helper hold the door while you remove that last screw. 

STEP 3: Get someone to steady the door while you lever the hinge flap out of its recess. Pack out the recess with one or more pieces of cardboard until the hinge is flush with the wood surface, then replace the screws. Use new screws if you damaged the slots of the old ones.

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