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mvanstone
This Old Stuck Door
mvanstone

I have an exterior door that is stuck to an extreme. I tried a tip from TOH which is to put shims behind the hinges. After that did not work I decided to peel off the door casing for a better look. I found that the jamb sides and door are level, but the top of the jamb is way off level. The door gaps between the jamb at the upper right and lower left, and as a side effect pushes the door into the bottom right jamb/ floor, causing the sticking.

Any advice as to my best move forward? Thanks!

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

The door had to work at some point in its life, which means that something has moved. Throw a level on the jamb, framing, and floor, figure out why it is binding in the manner that it is, my suspicion is that the floor has moved, likely settled on one side.

The repair is to remove the door and reset it so that it operates properly, this may include shimming the jamb leg and threshold on the low side.

dj1
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dj1

" I found that the jamb sides and door are level, but the top of the jamb is way off level."

I think your answer is right here.

The jamb sides are plumbed - very good.
The door which is hinged onto the jamb side id plumbed - very good.
The top of the jamb is out of level - very bad.

Course of action: level the top of the jamb. How? depends on your particular situation. Since I can't see it, I can't say much.

Generally speaking: One possible solution would be to disconnect the top jamb from the right side, lower it to eliminate the gap, and while leveled, faster it back together. Then shim between the top jamb and the header. If you don't get a proper closing of the door, re-do it.

Another approach would be to remove the door and the door jamb out and re-do everything again.

keith3267
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keith3267

I believe I'd start at the foundation or basement. You could have a compromised floor joist or ridge beam or a sinking lally column or pier. The compromise could be due to a plumber or electrician cutting or notching the framing member improperly, rot, undersized to begin with or just failed. This would need to be addressed before the door is squared.

Jack
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Jack

I agree with Keith3267, I had the same problem. It turned out water had gotten in under the threshold and rotted the joists.

Jack

mvanstone
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mvanstone

Thanks for all the responses and sorry for the delay, I got locked out of my TOH account. I am noticing what could be slight water at the floor. Likely from the exterior. Given the terribly out of square top of the jamb I guess I am pulling the door and jamb and replacing the jamb. Will also get in the threshold and see whats going on down there. My first move was to call my foundation guy out who verified the floor is surprisingly very level...

mike.sanford
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mike.sanford

Well that's a good sign.

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