Carpentry & Joinery Question

Door frame out of true one side is uneven and door not closing properly

We are buying a house and the door frame is out of shape - we think the floor has sunk in around it c15mm i.e. one side of the door frame is lower than the other and the door is difficult to close. how is this remedied and how do we get the doorframe back in shape?

2 Answers

Hi nlondon

Unfortunately if the frame has sunk on one side due to subsidence there isn't a lot you can do without it being quite costly, however, there are a few cheaper options.
The cheapest and quickest option would be just to plain the door to suit the frame so it closes properly. But if that would drive you mad with it looking un-level, the 2nd option would be to take off the architraves carefully so not to disrupt the plaster to reveal the frame.
Remove the frame by running a hacksaw blade down the edge of the frame and the wall to cut the screws that attach the frame the the wall.
Once the frame is out you can cut 15mm off the other leg of the frame and then replace and re-fix it back into its aperture.
Yes, the frame will sit 15mm lower than before but at least it will be level.
You can then re-fix the architraves and ease the door accordingly.
If down the line you have the same problem i would seriously consider looking at underpinning the house's foundations as there could be a major issue with the foundations sinking

Answered 3rd Nov 2017

K Jayes Joinery

Member since 3 Nov 2017

Hi nlondon
Another possibility if you don’t want to take frame out (this can be really messy if it’s a old house ) is to take architrave off and glue and pin /screw wedge shaped pieces in the head of the frame 15mm to 0 then refit architrave , although as said above the subsidence may need investigating if it’s that bad
Good luck !

Answered 31st Jan 2018

C lane joinery

Member since 25 Jul 2015

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