Bifold door won't stay closed.

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  1. Jan 19, 2018 #1

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    I have a bi-fold door in my entrance way. It won't stay closed. How do I adjust it?
     
  2. Jan 19, 2018 #2

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    The pivots at both the top and bottom are adjustable.

    If they were painted/finished after they were assembled and hung, they may be hinge bound.
     
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    They have been painted. What is hinge bound?
     
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    Single or double door?
    Stand back and look at the gap on the outside edges, they should be the same from to bottom.
    There's a phillips head screw at the top for making adjustments, the bottom can be adjusted by lifting the whole door enough to disengage the bottom pivot and moving in or out as needed.
    It's only going to take a tiny amount of adjustment.
     
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    It is a single bifold door.
     
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    Bi-fold doors are generally assembled laying flat and the hinges installed. If care is not taken the doors can be forced together, causing them to become bound. If there are numerous coats of paint added without sanding the door edges, they can become bound.
     
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    How do I fix that?
     
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    The hinges go on with a little gap between the doors so when you close them they go just past center. If the screws have come loose or there is paint on the meeting edges you can loose that.
     
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    There are a couple of ways to address that.

    I'd dismount the doors, fold them and remove the screws from one side of the hinges, lay them flat, fill the screw holes with tooth picks, glued, reattach the hinges and rehang and adjust the doors in the opening.

    Or, if you have a sander, open the doors and clamp or block them so they hold open, and sand and reseal both of the mating surfaces.

    In my practice I mortise the hinges, which makes the adjustment little more than a folded piece of paper places under the hinge leaf.
     
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    You have a spring loaded slider on the upper track with missing springs?
     
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    Nope. It looks all there. I have other bifold doors in the house and they all have the same parts, but this one doesn't close properly.
     
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    I think we could help you better if you described the problem more clearly. Are you saying that the door will not STAY closed, or are you saying you cannot close it for some reason?

    If you close it and it opens by itself, my guess is that it it not hanging plumb. That would be cured by lifting the door to disengage the bottom pivot pin from the bracket. If you look at that bracket (it is screwed to your floor under the door, near the jamb)it has 5 or 6 holes in it. Move the door and pivot pin to the next hole to try and get the door hanging plumb.

    If the door will not close at all, please tell us why. Is the hinge side door rubbing against the jamb when you try to close it? If so, again, lift the door to disengage the bottom pivot pin and move the door and pin one hole farther away from the jamb.

    If the door will not close because of paint buildup where the two halves meet, do as someone described above.

    Good luck!
     
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    I can hold the door fully closed, but if I let go, it pops out slightly.
     
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    To me, that suggests that the door is not hung plumb. Check for plumb on both the face of the door near the pivot side, as well as on the edge of the door at the pivot side. The solution may be as simple as lifting the pivot side of the door out of the floor bracket, and moving it to a different position on that floor bracket. That floor bracket has 4 or 5 different "holes" where the pivot pin can be inserted. Move your door to whichever hole makes your door plumb.
     

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