Forum Title: Small closet (half) door sticking - but can be forced closed
This is a small linen closet made in the 70's in the bathroom and uses a 1/2 door and it's a cheap hollow type door. When you close it it ends up hitting the frame and you can easily push it closed, but it's sort of pain and noone closes it because of this. The hinges are tight, etc. Is it ok to use a small hand plane and shave down the frame instead of the door since it's hollow? I can see where it rubs in certain areas when you close it.
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: LUIS PATTERSON (Joliet, IL), 01/12/2019

How long have you lived in this house? The reason I ask is that it could be a seasonal change, not that you don't want to correct it, but might explain why it happened all of a sudden. First thing I would do is look at the gap between the door and the casing, all the way around, as well as the hinges. No sense messing with the lock side until you know that the hinge side isn't sagging. Wood and glue is what I would do. Depending on the size hole you can use anything from toothpicks to golf tees to something you shave off a piece of wood with your jackknife to drilling it and inserting a dowel. I always use longer screws that catch the framing on exterior doors, on both the hinge and lock side.

- CHRISTIAN MILES (Vista, CA), 02/10/2019

For that little bit I'd be sanding it not planing it. It will end up smoother and easier to refinish.

- LESTER BARNETT (Oak Lawn, IL), 03/06/2019

How about if I use a circular saw and guide to cut off 1/8 inch? 60 tooth blade, score first with razor, then tape and use a guide on the door? This is a 14 inch wide door, but I assume when they made it (cut it custom) they put the original 1 inch solid wood all around the outside of the door. It's a cheap builder grade hollow door from the 70's, so even if I messed up I guess I could get a new one easy enough?

- LORRAINE DAY (Kirkland, WA), 02/28/2019

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