Closets have plenty of use in our homes and thus need regular repair. There are very many things to fix on the closet such as doors, shelves, locks, hinges, handles and other closet hardware. For your closet to be in a good condition always, then it needs repair on a regular basis. Fix the closet hardware one at a time, this way, you will find your life a lot easier and simpler to organize.
1. Closet rods
To fix a closet rod that is broken, lift the rod out of the support bracket. Using a tape measure, measure the distance between the 2 support brackets. To this measurement, cut a new rod and set it in the bracket. If brackets are loose or broken, remove the closet rod then unscrew the bracket. Patch screw holes with drywall patch compound. Measure and then install the brackets into a new spot some inches away from the old bracket by screwing them in the walls using a power screwdriver.
2. Handles and knobs
If the knobs or handles of the closet are loose or broken, take the loose knob or handle off. To unscrew the knob, turn it counterclockwise. Or, with a screw driver, unscrew the screw holding on the handle. Coat the bottom of the knob or the handle’s ends where it contacts the door with wood glue and epoxy. Replace it and tighten the handle screws or the knob. If that part is broken, remove it and replace it with another one. Replacement handles and knob are available in home improvement stores. Give the door time to dry completely before you start using it again.
Shelves are another common problem with the closets. If the shelving boards break, just remove the screws holding shelves to closet shelf brackets and then pull them out and replace them. Normally, brackets will break or pull out. In this case, unscrew the screw holding the brackets to the wall to remove them. With drywall joint compound, spackle over the old hole. Install new brackets setting them one inch away from old holes. With a power driver, screw them in the wall. For a level shelf, install the brackets at the same height.
Whether the closet doors slide, fold or simply close and open on the hinges, one should repair them.
a) Folding door
Bi-fold closet doors are made of 2 separate pieces that are connected by hinges. The bi-fold door is supported by spring mounted pins at the top and the bottom of one side of the door. The other side slides along a track on the top of the closet. Often, over time doors can misalign and get out of the track. This can be caused by the top anchor moving a bit thus causing the door to get out of the alignment. This usually needs a readjustment but sometimes a replacement of parts. Open the door and check if the sliding bracket of the top anchor pin has loosened and moved out of its position. If this is the case, move it back until the door’s edge is perpendicular with the jamb, in that position, retighten the bracket.
b) Sliding door
The sliding closet doors work the same as the bi-fold closet doors. Sliding doors commonly become stuck and misaligned or skip off their tracks. Do not force a sliding door. A main cause of a sticking sliding door is an obstructed or dirty track. Remove debris, dirt and dust from the door’s track using a hand vac or vacuum and a damp rag. The screws can also become very loose and start popping up thus obstructing the track. In this case, tighten the screws using a screwdriver. Also,if your door is very hard to slide or sticks, check if rollers have been damaged or worn out. Use lubricants on the parts that are working but require some assistance to move. You should also lightly hammer out the dents that might be along the track causing your sliding door to stick.
c) Standard door
A properly hung standard door should have a gap between it and the frame. If the frame was not hung correctly or gets out of square, the door can actually begin to stick. Check to see where the door is coming into contact with the frame thus making it stick. If the door gets stuck on the top, one can trim the door’s top using a circular saw. This technique also applies if the door gets stuck on the bottom. If your door sticks on the bottom or top edge, opposite the hinge, you should check the hinge to see if screws require tightening. However, if the screws are tight but the door still sticks, the hinge might be bent. You should replace the hinge if it is bent.
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