I've watched a few YouTube videos that showed me how to fix a sagging door by bending the knuckles of the door hinge, such as this one and this one here.

However, I am perplexed as to how these instructors are able to do this by using a crescent wrench as the tool to do so. I just can't seem to get a firm grip on the knuckles to perform the bend. This isn't surprising considering that the shape of the knuckles is circular, thus causing the tool to slip/rotate.

Am I missing something?

  • New hinges with less wear or re-positioning the hinges...
    – Solar Mike
    Mar 1, 2020 at 5:56
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    You've asked an XY question--one that presupposes an appropriate solution to a problem. A better question would've been how to fix the door problem itself.
    – isherwood
    Mar 1, 2020 at 19:01
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    There is much good advise on the inter-tubes but bending hinges does not qualify in any way as good advice.
    – Alaska Man
    Mar 1, 2020 at 19:33
  • On the first video, the hinges themselves are not manufactured properly. The two brand new hinges have different gaps. The solution is to not buy crappy hinges that don't match. On a recent hinge that I installed, they are so tight fitting that after taking them apart I actually had a hard time putting it back together. I can't imagine it working properly after I bent even just one knuckle.
    – Nelson
    Mar 2, 2020 at 3:09

2 Answers 2


In all my years of hanging doors, prehung and many from scratch, where the hinges were cut in as well as all the other hardware, I have never needed to bend a single hinge. If the sagging is from loose screws, they need tightening or replace with a longer screw for better grab. Sometimes the hinge need a shim placed behind it cut from cardboard and build up the thickness as needed to get the gap right. Even hinge makers supply the precut cardboard to use as shims. At least with Stanley commercial grade hinges. But there would need to be a really good series of pictures presented to suggest where the shims need to go or even where the problem area might be. But these two tricks are all I ever used to remedy a door that was originally set well in it's opening. If it was not set right to begin with, usually other factors need to be addressed as well

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    I agree trying to bend is a recipe for disaster.
    – Ed Beal
    Mar 1, 2020 at 6:56
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    Agree. I wouldn't try to bend a hinge unless the hinge had been bent by someone hanging on the door and that usually loosens the screws.
    – JACK
    Mar 1, 2020 at 14:50
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    Bending the hinges is the most crude type of repair I could ever imagine. The two linked videos by the OP decry for common sense and on what planet would someone aim to use an adjustable wrench (a.k.a. crescent wrench). I would be downright ashamed of myself if a video was made of me pulling such a stunt.
    – Michael Karas
    Mar 1, 2020 at 16:35

You need to study the door and its sag carefully. Some things to look at:

When you pull up on the door knob edge of the door do you see:

  1. Does it look like the door jamb on the upper hinge side is moving?
  2. Does the jamb look solid but the upper corner of the door is moving toward the hinge side?
  3. Or does it appear as if the door itself is flexing?

The answer to these will give you a clue as where to start. For:

  1. Possibly the jamb is pulling away from the framing and could use a couple of long screws through the hinge through the jamb and into the framing.
  2. The hinge itself may be loose, worn or broken. Try to tighten the hinge screws or replace the hinges.
  3. The door may be so old and tired that the joints in the door have just come unglued. Options here could include door replacement, door disassembly and re-gluing or even a temporary diagonal support rod/wire from the lower latch side to the upper hinge side with a turnbuckle (very commonly seen installed on old wood frame screen doors after the weather attacks the joints in the frame).

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