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Pre-War Aparment Door Trouble

We moved into a pre-war apartment building in March and slowly have been tackling the rooms to bring it back to life. The previous owner really neglected the apartment.

The latch on our front door created grooves in the wall from constantly rubbing against it and continues to do so. (See pictures attached) The walls are all plaster. I am not sure how to address this issue...should we purchase a smaller door, cut away the wall to the left of the door and move it over, etc. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Re: Pre-War Aparment Door Trouble

The wall to the right of the door is a shared wall with the apartment next door.

Thanks for the suggestions and will certainly look into sanding down the wall and re-skimming. It wouldn't surprise me if there are just layers and layers of patching along the wall.

A. Spruce
Re: Pre-War Aparment Door Trouble

Can you reverse the swing of the door without it affecting entry/egress?

Re: Pre-War Aparment Door Trouble

I think I see a light switch on the wall. Foyer/hall light, maybe. Reversing the hand of the door would kinda interfere with easy/quick access to that switch.

Looks to me like there's room to slide the door over in the wall. How complicated that might get is anyone's guess until the wall is opened up.

How's about this for a quickie fix? .....Get a big solid-brass "kicker-plate" and cut it down to an appropriate size and shape. (Could be a plain semi-circle or have decorative edge shape as well) Affix that to the wall to serve as a rub plate.

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