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Repairing a Door that Won’t Stay Open

By: 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.


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  • W. Grant Says:
    January 12th, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    P.S. One of my buddies makes fun of me saying, “If you want to hide something from me just hide it in a toolbox” referring to my lacking ability to fix anything. I say that to say if I can do this anyone can do it!! Easy Peasy!!!



  • W. Grant Says:
    January 12th, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    I bought my house about three years ago and have lived with three doors that wouldn’t stay open. I figured they hadn’t been ‘plummed’ correctly and regretted the fact that I was going to have to shell out some cash to hire a contractor to fix the problem. Today I finally got fed up and took it on myself to see if I could find a fix and found your video. About an hour later all three doors are fixed! Two of the doors called for me to take out the top two pins, but end result: FIXED! Thanks!


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Repairing a Door that Won’t Stay Open