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upvc front door. seals draughty, tight on lock side slack/gap

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upvc front door. seals draughty, tight on lock side slack/gap on hinge side. bottom screw top and botXXXXX XXXXXfts the door, if i adjust the middle hinge(3) screw how does the door set square as the top and bottom will still be out, do I change the packing bits on each hinge
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Home Improvement
Expert:  Stephen Cutler replied 7 years ago.

Hi and thanks for using

It is common these days for the wood used for jambs to be too soft to hold a screw against the forces imposed by a heavy door. Solution is to screw through the jamb into the stud framing behind it. Use 3 or 3.5 inch deck screws. You can literally adjust the set of the door with these by backing them off, 1/4 turn at a time, or screwing them further in. They will take the frame with them. This can not be done with factory 3/4 screws as they have no effect on the jamb.

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Many thanks for your answer but mine is a UPVC door, the door jamb it bolted with eight mm galvanized machine screws to 6 mm angle iron, three inch angle iron. The door frame has not moved or come adrift. The distance from the door frame to the door, has a 2mm gap only on the hinge side in between the frame and the door where the seal fits. the door will not come in closer unless I replace the packing pieces, which were factory fitted. There is no way the door will come closer on the seals, but to replace the seals or replace the packing strips, with a narrower gauge packer. Which I may do when the weather gets warmer as the door hinges will have to come off, after I get new packing pieces or seals. To me the fault is the packing bits that require changing or new seal. The door is just over twelve months old. And was fitted by a UPVC door manufacturer, along with my new porch. To me this is a DIY job, and I said will be done when the weather gets warmer. ie, if I took the whole door out and frame, I still have the gap in between the door and the seal, if you see what I mean. Anyway thanks for trying.