Especially newly installed doors can cause problems; they can jam, be difficult to open or can scratch on the tile floor in the entrance area. One might think that only professional help can solve this problem. But that is not the case, even laymen can easily adjust front doors – with little to no cost involved. No matter if it is difficult to close, scratches or jams, all you need are: craftsmanship, common tools and this manual that explains step-by-step how to adjust your front door.
This manual can generally be used to adjust any door type, as long as its hinges do not differ too much from the contemporary layout. It is not relevant whether the door is made of wood, uPVC or aluminium, however these models may have different hinges.
In order to adjust the front door, you will have to gain access to the adjusting screws. In modern building components, these screws are integrated into the hinges. You will need to check the data sheet of your specific front door for information on the respective location of the screws in the hinges. Please note that many older front doors do not have any adjusting screws at all. In this case, the adjustments are significantly more complicated procedures; in such a case, professional help is highly recommended.
Please make sure that all necessary tools as well as a ladder are ready for use at the work place. This will simplify the adjusting procedure, prevent the search for the right material and ultimately save time.
In order to fix the height, you can use additional accessories like washers and insert them between casement and frame.
You can adjust front doors in three different ways:
With newly installed front doors, it is recommended to perform all three methods. Further adjustments or corrections can be performed, with just one or two of the methods later.
Please take care to adjust the hinges evenly. Irregularities in the adjustment can lead to tension in the front door and cause damage in the long term.
You need to follow these simple steps to adjust the height of front doors.
Common height modification during this process varies between -1 and +5 mm.
The adjustment process of the sides is very similar to the one for height.
The common side modification of a modern door can vary between +5 and -5 mm during this process.
Effective thermal insulation calls for the correct contact pressure adjustment.
The common modification of the contact pressure can vary between +2 and -2 mm
The adjusting of the front door should not only be a one-time event after first installation. The front door function should be checked regularly to improve longevity. As this is a very easy procedure, laymen can easily perform it themselves. This manual can help to not only teach the basics of door readjustments, it can also prevent additional costs for professional help.