Sticking wooden door

I've got a wooden door that sticks when I try to open and close it. Do I just need to plane a bit off the door edge where it meets the frame?

Asked by Monika Lydia on 5th Oct 2022
Expert Trade Answers
"Not necessarily, you need to see where the door is catching. It may be catching on the floor, or the top of the door and the front of the door. First check where the door is catching, if it’s the front of the door where the latch is located, first check the door hinges to see if some has come loose for some reason, thus allowing the to move forward and the catch the door frame, it could be as simple as screwing the hinge back to the door frame or the door itself. Once checking all these and still not finding a cause as to why the door is now catching (assuming the door used to close with no issues) then and only then should you start to plane the door, and I would recommend plane the door as a pose to the frame for the reason than if by chance something happens it’s easy to change the door and cheaper than changing the frame, changing the frame could involve, fitting the frame, caulking and then repair work around the wall where frame was removed and also repainting around the wall of the frame and then glossing the frame itself where as door change much easier and a lot less work and cost involved"
Answered on 5th Oct 2022 - Member since Aug 2022 - report
"If you have any room where the hinges are to move back a few mm perhaps try that first? If you cant the yes plane them down but remember wood shrinks so dont go crazy.

Answered on 5th Oct 2022 - Member since Aug 2022 - report
"You need to check exactly where it is hitting the frame and take a bit off at that point only"
Answered on 12th Oct 2022 - Member since Dec 2021 - report
"Could be that the door needs a bit of a plane or could be the lining is not square there's a few different things it could be"
Answered on 9th Oct 2022 - Member since Aug 2022 - report
"Close the door over just as it hits the frame. Check the full door length. Where the door meets the frame is where to plane. Top tip is to check the hinges are secured properly. If the hinges on the frame feel loose, tighten with a screwdriver."
Answered on 19th Oct 2022 - Member since Dec 2021 - report
"YES, good idea.
That's all what I can Say to you.
Best Regads
Answered on 5th Oct 2022 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
"In theory yes, however check the tightness of the screws in the hinges first just in case. Ensure you carefully mark where the door is sticking and only trim that section. Only trim the door do not try to trim the frame. Hope this helps."
Answered on 5th Oct 2022 - Member since Feb 2021 - report
"It depends on where its sticking but yes that’s usually the way to sort it out"
Answered on 8th Oct 2022 - Member since Jan 2017 - report
"Hy if the door catch your frame it need plane it,, if not you need to see where it is that sticking sound and use a warm water or nail cleaner,, if you can not find that place clean all edges"
Answered on 5th Oct 2022 - Member since Oct 2022 - report
"If it's sticking on the vertical edge then you can try releasing the hinge on the opposite side attached to the frame and trimming a bit off the recess area. When fitting the hinge back use a longer screw for a better grip. In my experience contractors always use the shortest screws. This will pull the door closer to the frame and open up the side that is sticking."
Answered on 5th Oct 2022 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
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