I moved into a new home recently, and the front door is out of plumb, causing it to rub on the frame.
- Tip #1 is to tighten the screws - they're all tight.
- Tip #2 is to drive longer screws into the frame to "suck" the door into the frame. The frame is steel, so I don't think that would work.
- Tip #3 is to force the top hinge's plates together using an adjustable wrench. I would try this, but the top and bottom hinge are McKinney spring hinges.
Here are some photos:
I can't find instructions for adjusting a spring hinge to plumb a door; all the McKinney and Everbilt spring hinge instructions solely describe adjusting spring tension.
How can I make the door stop rubbing on the frame? I'd like to make the door plumb if possible, rather than planing off the rubbing edge.
I released the spring hinge tension and inspected behind the top hinge. There's a recess where the top hinge sits, and it uses 1/2" long machine screws to connect to a metal plate behind the steel jamb. The metal plate has some play, but not much.
Here's a photo of the full hinge side, as requested. It's difficult to see the gap, but it widens from bottom to top by about 2mm (5/64"). I measured the gap with calipers:
- 3.27mm at the very top
- 4.03mm just above the top hinge
- 2.97mm just above the middle hinge
- 2.70mm just above the bottom hinge
- 2.07mm at the very bottom
As you can see from the measurements, there's a bow out right where the top hinge is. This could be the culprit... if so, how do I fix it?