How do I Repair Unlevel Doors?


Nothing is more frustrating than an unleveled door that just won't close. A crooked door can result in a door's inability to lock, close or open quickly, all of which are serious safety concerns. Door hinges can loosen over time, causing the door to become crooked and unable to correctly fit into the door jamb. This problem is most likely caused by faulty or loose screws, and can be as simple to fix as adjusting or reinstalling the damaged hardware.

Things You'll Need

  • Wood shims or thin pieces of scrap wood
  • Screwdriver
  • Stepladder
  • Screws
  • Examine the way the door sits unevenly in the door jamb. This will help you determine which hinge is causing the problem. Usually the unevenness is caused by the top hinge, which is more likely to loosen over time.

  • Inspect the faulty hinge to determine if the screws are loose.

  • Place shims underneath the bottom of the door until the door is level with the ground. This will straighten out the hinge, making your job easier.

  • Tighten any of the hinge's loose screws with a screwdriver.

  • Test the door hinge by pulling on it gently. If the screws wobble or pull out of the door jamb, remove them from the hinge.

  • Purchase screws that are that are 1/2 inch longer than the ones you removed. Installing longer screws will prevent the new screws from pulling out of the existing holes and ensure that the hinge is securely rooted into the door jamb.

  • Reinstall the hinge onto the door jamb, lining up the hinge's holes with the existing screw holes. Use the screwdriver to screw the longer screws into the existing screw holes. Tighten all screws until the hinge is secure and flush with the wall.

  • Remove the shims from the bottom of the door.

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