Home Handyman

Members Login
Username 
 
Password 
    Remember Me  
Post Info TOPIC: Sticky Threshold ??


Guru

Status: Offline
Posts: 9419
Date:
Sticky Threshold ??


What you see before you is the threshold of my back door.  For the last several weeks the door has gotten harder and harder to open and close so today I "finally" decided to see what was wrong.  As you can see the mating surface on the floor is made from hard rubber/nylon/plastic and it is torqued down as tightly as it can go.  I even removed it to see if there was anything that could be shaved off of the bottom to keep the bottom of the door from dragging on it so bad.  There was nothing that could be trimmed so I decided to rub a bar of soap across both surfaces to see if that helped and it did.  A temporary fix I know but it is a good way to introduce my question which is this???  "Does anyone know of anything I could rub/paint/spray on that surface to keep it semi-lubricated so it opens easier but wouldn't cause anyone to slip and fall? "

In case Rat or Rrumbler or Geezer think that I'm getting weaker with age and can't even open the door now, the real purpose for making it easier to open is ?if? Sherry was to get mad and pick up a frying pan for chunking then I could get away quicker that's all !



__________________

"Life is a Poem - - it has Rhyme and Reason" author: Me



Guru

Status: Offline
Posts: 5596
Date:

That's definitely a great reason to want that door fly open on signal, but from the scrape marks on the rubber, it looks like there is something on the bottom of the door that is dragging, as for something to put on the rubber, try spraying some WD40 lubricant or a little oil on a rag,, just be careful when spraying the wd40 that you don't get it all over the floor, put down a newspaper or something around where you spray,,

try sanding those spots off a little with some course sandpaper,, that looks like its pretty hard rubber , so it should sand ok,,,
BUT the best way to fix it would be to pull the hinge pins out of the door and sand down the bottom of the door some,, Ya got a couple of big sons that could help ya with that don't ya?

 

 I think you have the same dreaded desease that I have,, I was just diagnosed with leadassis,, meaning the iron in my blood has turned to lead in my ass,,



-- Edited by Bad Rat on Tuesday 27th of August 2013 11:27:09 AM

__________________

Day br />http://s670.photobucket.com/albums/vv68/BADRAT01/
 

https://picasaweb.google.com/106336891618669151824/ALLANGLIA1BuildPictures#



Senior Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 1523
Date:

It looks like things are a little wet. The door might just be swelled up some and dragging, not a good time to go cutting on the bottom of it, wait until things dry out. If it's not wet or damp, then, yeah, removing the door and giving the bottom a wee shave would be the best solution. You know how houses will sometimes settle, and binding doors and windows are the most common signs of that; sometimes a little adjustment is needed. If it gets real bad, you fix it, and it gets bad again, you need to look deeper to see why it is moving around so much.

My iron just turned to rust, Rat, I got my lead some other way.



-- Edited by Rrumbler on Tuesday 27th of August 2013 12:10:08 PM

__________________
Rrumbler - Broken and grouchy, but not dead - yet. Bangin' and twistin' on stuff for some sixty years or so.


Guru

Status: Offline
Posts: 9419
Date:

Thanks Gents, this door is metal and the house had to be leveled a couple years before we bought it so that could be a reason but I sure hope not. The bar soap helped it considerably but I think some sanding might also be a benefit (why didn't I think of that? Jeeze!) Nothing wet or damp around here, Rrumbler, we're still in a "Grapes of Wrath Mode" !

__________________

"Life is a Poem - - it has Rhyme and Reason" author: Me



Senior Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 1943
Date:

Methinks that you might have a house settling problem if it happened over a short time. If I recall, lots of homes in that part of the world have no basement so are built on pilings - concrete, steel or even treated wood. Some, if lucky have a slab.  Even my daughter in Richmond has a house on pilings and is forever patching cracked walls plus has had it partially releveled. So, being the site pessimist (remember Joe Btfsplk from Lil Abner**) ...............................

 

 

** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Li%27l_Abner



__________________

Dave W (Irelands Child/IC2)

Quando omni flunkus, moritati (When all else fails, play dead - R Green)



Guru

Status: Offline
Posts: 9419
Date:

I haven't thought about ol Joe in years and I mean yeeeeeaaaaarrrrrsssss

Dave, I think that we are on what they call block and sill - - - - ?

__________________

"Life is a Poem - - it has Rhyme and Reason" author: Me



Administrator

Status: Offline
Posts: 2153
Date:

You could always lose that black rubber strip and get a seal that fits on the edge of the door.....a sweeper seal I think they call it

__________________

http://ontariorodders.activeboard.com/



Senior Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 4169
Date:

hey mego. take a pic of the door closed so i can see the whole door and frame. i mite have a fix for you.


__________________
born with nothin....still got most of it...


Guru

Status: Offline
Posts: 9419
Date:

Here ya go, Mego, let me know if you need more.

meller



Attachments
__________________

"Life is a Poem - - it has Rhyme and Reason" author: Me



Senior Member

Status: Offline
Posts: 4169
Date:

looks like a purdy good gap at the top on the knob side. if you take that bottom hing loose you can put a little thin shim under it. that will push the top up a bit on that knob top corner. if that dont do it try to tighten the door janb up aginst the framin or shims that hold the jamb in place at the top hinge. you mite have to do both but it will raise the bottom knob side of the door. dangit, i hope you can mabe sence of my garble.

__________________
born with nothin....still got most of it...


Guru

Status: Offline
Posts: 9419
Date:

Hey Mego, I will certainly keep that shim technique in mind and ?if? the sanding and soap/lube/etc quits working I'll get one of our boys over here to help me take that heavy metal door off and tweek it up some.   thanks, meller



__________________

"Life is a Poem - - it has Rhyme and Reason" author: Me



Guru

Status: Offline
Posts: 5596
Date:

Geeze has a great idea,, but notice the strike side gap and buttside gap are consistant , the header  is out of level, or the weight of the door has pulled the door down some,, possibly the door jamb wasn't secured very good when they installed it and it settled down some, the shim trick would work but it would narrow the gap on the bottom of the strike (latching) side, which would be ok but very much and it would start rubbing the jam on the bottom ,

But a shim is worth a try,,, you could also try putting a pry bar under the hinge side and raising the jam up a tiny bit and then putting a few screws in the hinge side while it was lifted up,,screwing it to the stud behind the jamb,,,and a wedge under the jamb to hold it up , otherwise its gonna settle down again , wouldn't take much to raise it,,JUST a TAD BIT.......that's what I would try,,,,,

 

 

 



--



-- Edited by Bad Rat on Friday 30th of August 2013 11:32:42 AM

__________________

Day br />http://s670.photobucket.com/albums/vv68/BADRAT01/
 

https://picasaweb.google.com/106336891618669151824/ALLANGLIA1BuildPictures#

Page 1 of 1  sorted by
 
Quick Reply

Please log in to post quick replies.



Create your own FREE Forum
Report Abuse
Powered by ActiveBoard