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Repairing a Sticky Door

As your home settles over the years, doors sometimes rub on their trim and stick. Use your woodworking skills to fix a sticking door.

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Repairing a Sticky Door

You only need a few tools and a little time to get started on this project. Several sanding tools may be used: a belt or palm sander, sandpaper with a sanding block, a rotary or oscillating tool are all options.

Step 1

First determine the limits of the binding area. To do this, place a sheet of carbon paper over the area with the inky side facing the door and shut the door. The ink will transfer to the door and show you the places that need to be sanded.

Step 2

Remove the door if necessary (especially if it's sticking at the bottom). Carefully sand the area, extending the sanded area well past the area that is binding. Wipe door clean of debris.

Step 3

Seal the door edge by applying several thin coats of varnish or paint to match the original finish. Let the varnish dry thoroughly before rehanging the door. The varnish protects the edge and prevents the wood from absorbing moisture and swelling during humid weather.