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Door seems thinner warped near the doorhole. How do I fix this?

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Door seems thinner warped near the doorhole. How do I fix this?

So I was replacing the door knobs and I'm not sure what the previous owner did but it appears it's thinner near the doorhole so there is going to be a huge crack if I mount a new one... is this fixable or do I need a new door?
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Oni-kun wrote: So I was replacing the door knobs and I'm not sure what the previous owner did but it appears it's thinner near the doorhole so there is going to be a huge crack if I mount a new one... is this fixable or do I need a new door?
pretty sure is just ur door knob loose.

There should be screw to tighten the door knob so they sandwich between the door tight.
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pinkdonut wrote: pretty sure is just ur door knob loose.

There should be screw to tighten the door knob so they sandwich between the door tight.

No it's not. It's not even screwed on. I thought maybe the latch mechanism was crooked so I took it out. This is just the two handles shoved into the holes and I'm pressing them as close together as possible. It seems that the area around the middle of the door is thinner...
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You can test your theory easily with a straightedge across the door.

If it is warped or bent, you could try to take the mechanism out and gently reshape the door, but I suspect it's not going to go well. How did the old knobs look on it?

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CNeufeld wrote: You can test your theory easily with a straightedge across the door.

If it is warped or bent, you could try to take the mechanism out and gently reshape the door, but I suspect it's not going to go well. How did the old knobs look on it?

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The old knobs I tossed in a trash bag mixed in with a bunch of similar looking knobs i took off doors. I can't positively identify which it was..

I didn't think to get a straight edge I'll go check it with a ruler. Thanks
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As I suspected. It's not straight
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Majority of interior doors are hollow POS. Just veneer stuck on cardboard/particle board usually. Usually around the knob area there's a larger piece of Cardboard or particle board. The piece probably broke when the knob was put in.

Take a look inside you might be able to jam some paint sticks or cardboard back inside to make it true again.
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I'd just crank down the screws holding the handle, that or buy a new door.
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Best bet would be to put that door in the bag with the old knobs.
If you get a new door, be prepared to cut mortises for the hinges and drill new holes...Door Kit
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Old knob was cranked on so tight it compressed the POS door so now its warped inwards. You can try and leave the knob off and spray the inside with water to see if it will swell out again. LIGHT sprays though.
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tebore wrote: Majority of interior doors are hollow POS. Just veneer stuck on cardboard/particle board usually. Usually around the knob area there's a larger piece of Cardboard or particle board. The piece probably broke when the knob was put in.

Take a look inside you might be able to jam some paint sticks or cardboard back inside to make it true again.
Yeah it's hollow inside. But the POS is too strong and I can't wedge it true with a paint stick. * sigh *
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tebore wrote: Majority of interior doors are hollow POS. Just veneer stuck on cardboard/particle board usually. Usually around the knob area there's a larger piece of Cardboard or particle board. The piece probably broke when the knob was put in.

Take a look inside you might be able to jam some paint sticks or cardboard back inside to make it true again.
I fixed it. Thanks!
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Oni-kun wrote: I fixed it. Thanks!

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Good job on the hack.
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