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Repairing a Door that Won’t Stay OpenBy: Danny Lipford
A door that won’t stay open can be very annoying. While you could use a doorstop to hold a door open, the stop would have to be removed every time you want to close the door. Here’s an easy way to increase the friction in the hinge to hold a door open:
- Use a nail set and hammer to remove one of the hinge pins from the door.
- Place the hinge pin on a hard surface and hit it in the center with a hammer to slightly pin the pin.
- Tap the pin back in the hinge and try the door.
- Repeat if needed on the other hinge pins to further increase tension.
Watch this video to find out more.
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When a door won’t stay open, the casing is probably leaning slightly in the wall frame. Rather than remove and rehang it, try removing one of the hinge pins. Place it on a hard surface and whack it in the middle with a hammer. This should give it a slight bend which will add tension to the hinge when you re-install it. If the door still swings on its own, repeat the process with the other hinges until the door stays put.