A client in Washington, DC, called us for a door repair service on their condo unit. The wooden door jamb of their front door had broken when they forced it open out of despair during a recent lockout. We filled the spaces on the door's edge with a wood filler and glued the cracks. Then we refitted the mortise latch plate back into the door and secured the jamb with steel screws. Within an hour, we were able to fix the issue. Before leaving, we got the chance to discuss the importance of getting a high-security door lock for their door, just like a smart lock deadbolt. They told us they would save up for it and call us again when they were ready. The satisfied client was amazed at our superior service and how quickly we finished everything.
Wooden doors are especially susceptible to splitting and cracking as they dry out and are exposed to external elements. In some cases, a wooden door can also split when it is forced open. When a door is forced open or closed, this can cause stress and pressure on the grain, resulting in fracture.
You never want to be in an unfortunate situation where you realize your door is broken after you force it open. However, fixing a broken door with the right tools and information can be easy. In fact, with the right steps, you can even do it yourself! MacArthur Locks & Doors has a complete guide on fixing a broken door, so you never wonder what to do when your door breaks.
You may often wonder whether you can repair a cracked or broken door slab or door frame or whether a new door installation will be necessary. Use this guide for the steps you will need to take to repair a cracked door frame:
1. Start by removing the metal door catch or strike and the deadbolt catch or strike.
2. Then, scrape off any loose chunks of wood hanging off the door frame. Continue doing this until you can fully close the door.
3. Once the door is closed, open it back up to reveal the door frame. Apply wood glue or filler into the cracked part of the door, making sure to get deep into the crack.
4. Next, use wood clamps to squeeze the door together while the glue dries.
5. Leave the clamps on for a few hours to ensure the glue sets well.
6. Lastly, remove the clamps and sand down any rough edges. The crack should be barely visible now, but you may still want to paint or stain the door for aesthetic purposes.
Are you struggling to open and close your door? It might be time for a replacement. Exposed areas of the door where light can shine through are usually the culprit behind a sticking door. Check the hinges, too — sinking hinges can also cause problems.
Most doors you buy from a home depot or Lowe's are laminated 24-26 gauge steel on top of a wood frame. These doors do not qualify as residential doors because they lack structural integrity. Something that dents easily is not fit to protect your home from someone who wants to kick it in. The rust on the door also shows moisture getting into the interior wood frame, which is not good. Energy efficiency aside, a door as such will not keep you, your loved ones, and your property safe.
Is your door severely cracked, bent, or weathered? Doors are subject to a lot of wear and tear over their lifetime. They can get slammed, kicked, and exposed to huge temperature changes. That can take a toll on an old solid wood door, causing it to warp, crack, and become weathered. Inspecting the door for cracks, gaps, and uneven surfaces can help you know when to replace it.
We know that many homeowners feel they can replace a door independently, but the truth is that it is more complicated than you can imagine. At MacArthur Locks & Doors, we have an entire team of highly-trained professionals to help you with all your door repair needs from beginning to end. Plus, we offer a complete line of commercial, residential, and automotive locksmith services to help you with any lockout situation.
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