This door was slammed so hard that it flew past the peice of wood that is nailed to the frame and now the hinges are severely bent. The door doesn’t close completely. In fact it now opens in the wrong direction.

I can’t get a screwdriver between the door and the hinges to remove the door because of how bent the hinges are and the hinges themselves are weird. Neither end has a cap/head and there are little washers in between each section.

This door leads to a bedroom and the more we squeeze in and out of it the hinges bend more and more. I really need a way to fix this. Please help.

This Is what I see from the Outside Of The Door In the hallway

  • You can't remove the hinge from the door by removing the screws? Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 14:24
  • No. The hinges are severely bent on the inside, and the door doesn’t close enough from the outside to get leverage to turn the screwdriver. Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 14:26
  • And you can't access the hinge screws on the frame side either? Sorry, I'm having trouble visualizing from that picture Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 14:32
  • I’m Trying To add more pictures for better reference. Just don’t know how to do that yet. Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 14:35
  • Thanks, that helped! It looks like you could remove the frame side hinge screws to me. Have you tried that yet? Also, have you been able to get it to open the correct direction yet? It went one way; it should be able to go back Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 14:45

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If the door slammed so hard that it squeezed past the door stop then the thing that you will have to do is to remove the door stop so that you can try to wedge the door back to it's correct side of the opening. Once that is achieved you can proceed to replace the hinges with new ones and then finally reinstall the door stop.

This picture shows what I refer to as the door stop molding:

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(Picture Source: http://www.agnewtimber.com/12-x-44-pre-primed-whitewood-ogee-door-stop-door-set.php?cat=99)

  • The hinge is bent too badly It bags into the frame from the other side. Maybe if someone stronger tried pushing it back.? Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 15:13
  • Use the door as leverage to bend it back. If it's so bad you can't get to the screws no matter what you try, you may have to cut the hinge off using a reciprocating saw or hack saw. You only need to cut 1. I'd do the bottom. Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 15:17
  • Might as well cut the hinges as it looks like they are damaged beyond repair. Keep forcing the door your going to split the wood and cause even more problems. Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 15:22
  • Guys I Um...I Don’t Own A Reciprocating Saw, nor Do I Know Anyone Who Does. My parents are 27hrs away and I’m renting this money pit of a mobile home from this elderly couple who stay in Florida. My tuition is killing me and So is my car. I just need a cheap easy way to fix this door. At this point I’m near hysterics and very tempted to just round house kick off the hinges and call it a day. Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 15:31
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    If the bolt cutter doesn't. Since you need this the cheapest way possible, the simplest I can think of to cut it off is to buy a single hack saw blade (less than a dollar). Put a pair of gloves on and then saw it like this. Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 16:41

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