How to Adjust a Steel Door

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With lots of wear and tear, steel doors can become off square and become difficult to open and close. Fixing this style of door is a relatively simple job that needs only one tool and a little strength to turn the screws in the door.

Things You'll Need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Toothpicks
  • Push the edge of the door that is not hinged. Move the door up and down. This will give you the general idea of which screw or screws are loose. You can tell by the way the door moves. Up or down or both means that it is a bottom screw. Side to side means a middle screw.

  • Tighten all of the screws on the door frame. Close and open the door. If it is still dragging or hard to open, repeat the previous step. You will be able to feel which screw needs to be tighten because the hole has been stretched.

  • Determine which screw or screws are still loose and remove them. Break one of the toothpicks in thirds and put it in the hole. Insert the screw and tighten it. Do this with all the screws that are still loose. This should solve the problem.

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References

  • "Today's Homeowner: Kitchen, Bath, Walls & Floors"; Creative Homeowner; 2000
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