Quick Fix For A Sticking Door

pocket plane

For years, this bedroom door would stick in the warmer, more humid months.

pocket plane

It was so tight that it was hard to close all the way. You can see where all the paint had worn off from the door scraping against it. I don’t know why I waited this long to fix it. Since I did not want to remove a bulky door to shave it down,  I decided it couldn’t hurt to buy this little pocket plane and try it out. It worked like a charm!

pocket plane

The Stanley Surform Pocket Plane is small and inexpensive. I shaved the door in 10 minutes. The pocket plane comes with one blade, which is held in place by latching it on to one end and then inserting it into a plastic holder at the other end and twisting the knob.  It is sharp, sturdy and fits my hand well.

pocket plane

Using this tool I was able to shave it down about 1/8 inch. I taped the outside surfaces with painter’s tape  to prevent the visible area from being shredded and that worked well. For my needs this worked perfectly and well worth the $8 I paid.

I’ve taken doors off the hinges before to spray paint them, and I can tell you that using a pocket plane on a door that is hung, is infinitely easier than trying to man-handle a sticking door onto some saw horses, cutting off a tiny sliver with a circular saw and re-hanging it.

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