when I try to close the laundry door it ovelaps the jamb on the handle side. I can only close it by banging it hard against the jamb. The gap at the top of the door increases as it gets closer to the handle edge so I know it has dropped however the hinges and screws are not loose. Can anyone tell me what I can do to fix this please?


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I am going to make the assumption that this condition has developed over time, rather than been this way since built. I am also assuming you meant an interior door, not an exterior door, since it is to a laundry area, not an entry door.

The easy answer would be to trim the door to fit better. But before we go that route, let's try to determine why the door has sagged. Open the door half way, stand in front of the handle edge, grab the knobs on both sides and try to lift the door. Is there any give? If you are able to lift the door, which would effectively close the gap you described in your question, then we have a hinge or frame issue. If you are able to lift the door to a point where the door would close properly and notice any give to the frame, here is a fix. Remove the center screw from the jam side of the top hinge. Use a 3 to 4 inch screw of similar finish to replace the one removed. This screw should reach the jack stud and can be used to move the top of the door frame closer to the jack stud, evening out the gap on the top of the door. Adjust this screw until you get the proper fit.

If the above mentioned technique doesn't work in your case, then trimming the door may be necessary. If so, carefully measure how much needs to be trimmed off, scribe a straight line on both sides of the door. Remove the door, secure it on it's side (just so it is easier to reach and work on,) and use a belt sander, plane, or DA sander to remove material just up to the scribed line. This will give you a nice straight edge. Re-hang your door and enjoy!

  • Hi shirlock - my house is an older style one so the laundry area is located at the back with this door giving access to the back yard. I have replaced the middle screw in the top hinge with a 3 inch screw as you suggested and it has pulled the door back so that it doesnt overlap the door jamb anymore (success) but it is rubbing against it now so if I put a larger screw in will it pull it back even further? Thank you for your great advice it is much appreciated
    – Sue
    Mar 21, 2011 at 8:32
  • If the 3 inch screw is tightened as much as it will go, then you may be to the point where a little sanding or planing on the offending edge may be necessary. You could also try replacing the other two screws with 3 inch screws. Mar 21, 2011 at 18:55

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