Adjusting Out-of-Level Doors

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Adjust out-of-level doors yourself with a screwdriver and a few simple steps. Level your own doors with instructions from a residential construction consultant in this free video on adjusting out-of-level doors.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Tyler Elliott with Elliott Remodeling, and in this segment we're going to show you how to level your door. To level your door with your frame, which is key, the most important thing to do is to check your horizon. The horizon is the line between the door frame and the door when you've almost, but not quite shut the door. It'll be a white line that's either solid on both ends and equal, or out of level on both ends, unequal on end. What it means is, is it will need to be brighter at the bottom, which means the top of your door is leaning in or brighter at the top, which means the bottom of your door is leaning in. To level this out, what you're going to do is you're going to go to the top or bottom hinge, depending on which way the door is out of level; take out the quarter inch screws that hold the hinge in and add a longer screw. Depending on the door, it will be anywhere from a two to three or a four-inch screw. The higher up you attach the screw, the more the door will kick in or the lower you attach it, the more the door will kick out. I'm Tyler Elliott with Elliott Remodeling, and that's how you level your out of level door.


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