Note about tools: I prefer to use a hand screwdriver for better control with these tiny hinge screws that are prone to breaking. If you use a cordless drill or driver, be sure to set the clutch very low so that you do not risk stripping or breaking the screws. It also helps to have a drill/driver that has a low-torque option. Low-torque allows you to drive hard screws.
- Determine where the sticking is happening. If the sticking area is along the door frame where the hinges are located, this fix will not work. If it is happening along the top edge of the doorframe, this fix will only make the situation worse. This fix only works along the edge of the door frame where the strike-plate is located.
- Now, precisely where on this part of the doorframe does the sticking occur? On the top, middle, or bottom? Most times, you'll find that the door sticks along the top because the door is sagging.
- Using your Philips screwdriver, tighten the screws of either the top, middle, or bottom hinge. Tight the screws that go into the door and the screws that go into the door frame. Don't over-tighten the screws or you may strip/break them.
- In most cases, the problem is now fixed. If not, tighten the screws in the other two hinges.
What You Need
- Philips screwdriver
- Cordless drill with low-torque option