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How to fix a door that just will not stay opened.

Real Estate Agent with Benchmark Realty, LLC

     We all have had that one door that just wants to close by itself. You find yourself putting a book or something to help keep the door propped opened. There are many way to fix it but only one is easy. The most common reason that the door is closing by itself is that when it was intalled it was not balanced or the door facing was not framed correctly. You could take the time to pull the trim back off and the door jams but that takes time and you could destroy the trim. I have a simple solution and it will fix it within minutes. You will need a hammer and a small Philips head screwdriver. 

    First you want to take the middle pin out of the hinge. Next take the pin and wrap it in a cloth and take it over to something hard like your garage floor or somewhere with concrete. Now I want you to hit the pin with the hammer a few times. This will bend the pin slightly and then re install. This will put a little stress on the middle hinge to keep it from closing on its own but it will not interrupt the swing of the door. So now you have fixed this annoying problem. 

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Brent Kelley
Benchmark Realty
(615) 497-8409
For sale by agent/broker
Each office is independently owned and operated.




Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
Janisch & Co. - Conroe, TX
Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you!

That's a genius idea.  I never thought of that one before.  Ive got a door I need to do that to.

Jul 25, 2012 10:37 PM
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

LOL, an old timer must have showed you that trick, good tip thanks :-)

Jul 25, 2012 10:39 PM
Winston Heverly
Coldwell Banker Access Realty - South Macon, GA

Brent, being in construction there is always things to fix around the house. I havn't seen anybody write about this type of tip for a long time. Good easy fix.

Jul 25, 2012 10:40 PM
Alisa McKeel Willson
Appraisal Pros in Texas - Huntsville, TX
Certified Res. Appraiser

I had a bathroom door like that...didn't know your trick, wish I had.  I bought one of those door stops that is magnetic. It a magnet in one side strong enough that it kept the door open when needed.  Your idea would have saved some time, work and money.



Jul 25, 2012 10:51 PM
Susan Isaacs | DC Real Estate Consultant
Compass | 1313 14th St NW DC 20005 - Washington, DC
Partnering with: DOMOofCompass

Thanks for the tip on how to keep a door open, Brent. This could also be a good stress reliever!

Jul 25, 2012 11:05 PM
Linda Blumenthal
631-819-2913 - Westhampton Beach, NY
NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR

Good morning Brent.  It never ceases to amaze me, the things you can learn here on ActiveRain!  Thanks for sharing.  

Jul 25, 2012 11:30 PM