Common Door Problems: How To Fix A Stuck Internal Door

stuck internal door

Generally when you walk to the door of a room, you plan on leaving it, so we know how annoying it can be to have to give the door that little extra tug each and every single time. Happily though, it’s easy enough to fix – as long as you’ve got the know-how and maybe a little bit of elbow grease to go the distance.

Here’s what you’ll need to fix a stuck internal door:

  • A pencil or pen (to mark where it’s sticking)
  • A ruler to join the points
  • A screwdriver or drill (to take it off its hinges)
  • A bench or two sawhorses to lay the door
  • A hand planer or a circular saw
  • Fresh primer and paint
  • A paintbrush (obviously)
  • A sander to finish

Right then – let’s get started!


Wondering Why Your Internal Door Is Sticking?

Often, this is caused by an excess of paint or grime on the door frame, or on the edge of the door. If the room is particularly humid, that can sometimes cause the wood to expand, which doesn’t help either! Sanding away the excess paint is the easiest way to deal with it.

hand planerIf the door is sticking badly and you need to give it a really good pull each time, it’s likely that you’ll need to sand the door itself. Obviously before you do anything else, you’ll need to work out roughly how much of the door you’re going to sand away. An easy way to give yourself a good benchmark is to look at where there are scuff marks on the door itself. This will show you exactly where the door is sticking, so it’s a great way to give yourself a reference point. Mark them with your pen or pencil, and if you want you can mark the distance between them using a ruler, so you know exactly where to plane it.

If it’s on the top, you might even be able to plane it without taking the door off its hinges. Even though this option might appeal, though, it can be a bit tricky – not to mention risky if you’re standing on a stepladder, so if in any doubt we’d recommend taking the door off its hinges with your drill or screwdriver, and finding a good place to lay it before you get cracking.

Sanding The Door Down To A Good Size

Lay your door out on two sawhorses or a bench so that’s stable, and then plane the edge using your hand planer. If you need to remove a large amount, you might find a circular saw handy, but remember that what you gain in speed, you sacrifice in control. As you’re planing away the edge, don’t forget to leave enough clearance so that you can reprime and re-paint it later. Otherwise, you’ll find yourself having to repeat the process all over again, and let’s be honest, you probably treasure your Saturday afternoon a bit too much to be wasting time like that.

planing down internal door

Once you’ve finished sanding the planed edge, all that’s left is to prime the wood and re-paint it (preferably with the brush, in case you were wondering. It’s notoriously tricky otherwise). Then, replace the door onto its hinges, and step back to admire your handiwork. This is probably a good time to check that it opens and closes properly, too. Pat yourself on the back – if you can reach – and get yourself a cuppa.

Of course, if you need any guidance or advice, our staff in any one of our superstores across the North West will be only too happy to help you! Just take a trip to your nearest store – whether that’s in Blackpool, Wigan or Preston – and we’ll be on hand to lend a friendly word of advice. While you’re there, you could even browse our impressive stock of oak internal doors – our Mexicano & Suffolk Oak Internal Doors make a good place to start!