Forum Title: Interior Doors Sticking with Humidity -- When to Plane & Seal?
Recently bought a flipped house that was outfitted with new hollow doors during a low humidity season. Majority of doors now stick in their frames and don't close, probably b/c they weren't sealed properly. I'd like to plane and seal the doors now but am concerned that I will seal the humidity in. On the other hand, I've read that even properly sealed doors aren't totally impermeable to humidity--so maybe the doors would still dry out if I went ahead and sealed them now? Humidity remains high around here well into the fall season, so if I don't do the doors now, I'll have to wait until spring. Would it help to put the doors in a room with a dehumidifier for a few days before planing and sealing? Any advice is much appreciated.
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: MAUREEN BENSON (Pharr, TX), 01/19/2019

I would want to see a closeup picture of the windows exterior before I answer.

- ELIZABETH JONES (Alhambra, CA), 02/06/2019

I'd verify that the installer of the original doors put a long screw in the hinge. Then determine if there is plenty of space along the hinge side of the door, or if it is tight too. If all that seems good then planing them down may be your only option.

- JUAN COLLINS (Lakeville, MN), 02/08/2019

Most of the doors stick on the latch side. A couple also stick at the top. Since the doors are new, the hinges are tight and flush. I believe the door swelling indicates significant seasonal variation of the interior humidity. If no one thinks I'd be foolish to plane and seal during this season of high humidity and maximum swelling, I'll get to it. Please let me know if you think I'd be making a mistake. Thanks again.

- KAY LUNA (Indio, CA), 02/25/2019

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