How to fix doors

At the Handy Squad, we understand the problems that can occur when doors have been fitted incorrectly. Here are some important things to consider when you first start to notice critical issues that may affect the style and functionality of your doors.

Many doors typically start sticking when edges start to rub against the frame or floor. On many occasions, something as simple as shaving away small amounts of wood could help doors to open and close more effectively.

If you have a door that starts sticking near the latch area, you will need to remove the latch before you start repairing, as this could cause structural damage to the wood plane.

Any doors that have been adjusted appropriately shouldn’t start to rattle. A majority of strike plates come equipped with a flange which can be slightly bent to help alleviate the problem.

Doors that have been fitted too loosely will most certainly begin rattling during a draught. The leading causes for this problem are doorstops being poorly positioned or the strike plate being put in the wrong place. These can both be easily moved to instantly solve the issues.

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If you have a door that is binding on a hinged edge, you will need to ensure that you have packed out at least one hinge. This is a simple task that requires you to unscrew a hinge and then cut thick cardboard to fit the size of the hinge leaf. Make sure you position the card behind the hinge and then screw back into its original place.


If your door has a latch that doesn’t catch when you close the door, you may need to consider filing down the inner edges of the strike plate. Latches are unlikely to function correctly if the plate has been installed too far back within the frame.

Doors won’t close properly if the hinges have been fitted too loosely. To ensure this doesn’t happen, you will need to drill out the original holes, plug them with wooden dowels and then drill new fixing points into the surface area before re-installing the hinges back onto the frame.

Wet weather is likely to cause wooden doors and windows to stick. When this happens, you should consider rubbing beeswax around the edges that are sticking. If this solution doesn’t work, you will need to remove the door or window and then plane or sand down the edges that stick.

Never attempt to adjust windows or doors too much as they are likely to swell during warm weather conditions and then shrink once the temperature starts to decrease.

Also make sure that you never hang an external door or leave bare wood exposed since water is likely to enter the grain and cause swelling. If this does happen, you will need to remove the door, dry it and plane away the affected areas.

If you feel hesitant about undertaking certain tasks related to doors, you should consider contacting any of our highly-skilled Carpenters in London. They offer a variety of relevant door related services, which includes: Hang New Door, Plane Door & Rehang and Repair Door Frame.