My front door is out of plane - the top left corner does not sit completely in the frame. The funny thing is this is brand new. We've lived in the house for two years and it just started this winter. That makes me wonder - is this something where I should be readjusting the hinges as is typically the case with out of plane doors, or is this something that's a result of winter weather that will resolve itself in a couple weeks? I don't want to change the hinges and then have it be too tight when the spring comes!

  • Location? Unusually cold weather? Age of house? – DJohnM Feb 14 '14 at 20:03
  • How well sealed (paint, varnish) is the door? Top and bottom edges as well? – bib Feb 14 '14 at 20:19
  • Virginia. We've had very cold weather from that polar vortex. Painted door. Just top - enough that two or three times I've had to push it in with my shoulder to lock the deadbolt. – Daniel K Feb 14 '14 at 21:04
  • House built mid-sixties. It's block with stucco on the block. I don't think the door or door frame is that old. I know the previous owner redid the windows and I believe the door too. – Daniel K Feb 14 '14 at 21:06
  • And like I said, it was hanging fine until this winter. – Daniel K Feb 14 '14 at 21:08

Most units are prehung. If the mortises on the jam and door look perfect and fit precisely, it is usually a prehung. Unless the situation is intolerable, I'd give it a while and let conditions change before making drastic changes to the door or hinge sets. I suspect possible settling or drastic humidity or temperature related expansion to the frame. You should also check to assure all the hung screw are snug. If you have a good 6 foot level, you can compare plumb between the door and frame on both sides to determine if a side has moved or lay the level against the door and look for any bow, gaps etc. An other test is to remove the door (just remove hinge pins) and check that it has not warped by laying it on a known flat surface and look for gaps or rocking indicating that the door may have warped. Sometimes very hard to see a small wain by eye when hung.

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