How to Trim a Sticking Door with an Electric Hand Planer

How to Trim a Sticking Door with an Electric Hand Planer

When you open your door does it rub the floor or stick to jamb? Sometimes you just need to plane a fraction of an inch from the door and it’ll open and close smoothly. This video shares how to use an electric hand planer. If you’ve never used this power tool before you’ll but need to learn how then this video will help.

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0:00 How to Trim a Sticking Door
0:17 How to remove the hinge pins with a nail set and hammer
0:44 Mark the trouble spots and estimate how much you want to trim off
1:11 How to mark the door for cutting
1:51 How to prevent scuffing while planing the door
2:26 Check for staples or anything else that is sticking out of the bottom
3:06 How to plane the door

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50 Comments

  1. brendan Brendan on October 30, 2022 at 3:59 am

    How much to rent a planer from the home depot?



  2. Blue Dynamite on October 30, 2022 at 4:04 am

    Brilliant chap🙂Thankyou.



  3. Antonio Crocco on October 30, 2022 at 4:04 am

    Thank you for the planer recommendation. Worked perfectly.



  4. bravo3 on October 30, 2022 at 4:04 am

    Good job all around.



  5. Numi Numi on October 30, 2022 at 4:04 am

    This is fookin hilarious



  6. T Y on October 30, 2022 at 4:06 am

    Thank you very much. I appreciate this and will be renting a planar soon to do just as you taught.



  7. ladams00 on October 30, 2022 at 4:08 am

    Hot For Words? 😆



  8. kingshearer2 on October 30, 2022 at 4:08 am

    That’s the proper way to see some off a door, thanks!



  9. Ryan Ferrier on October 30, 2022 at 4:10 am

    Says it’s simple, than immediately proceeds to remove the door from its hinges… it’s common sense when the door is off the hinges. I’m looking fora solution that doesn’t require removing it from the hinges lol



  10. Joaquin Suarez on October 30, 2022 at 4:10 am

    Can you use a circular saw if don’t have an electric planner?



  11. zer0Bot on October 30, 2022 at 4:15 am

    If the left side of the door was fine why not making the line from the right into the left corner?



  12. Lordie 32 on October 30, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Nice video thanks!



  13. Thomas Endlein on October 30, 2022 at 4:16 am

    Very helpful thank you.



  14. essextwo on October 30, 2022 at 4:18 am

    "use a meeeaasuring tape" … where did that accent come from/go!?!



  15. KingMag42 on October 30, 2022 at 4:20 am

    Very helpful!



  16. Tom on October 30, 2022 at 4:20 am

    What planer blade depth do you recommend? How deep per pass?



  17. David James on October 30, 2022 at 4:23 am

    How is this easier or better than just cutting it with a circular saw? I’m curious. I hven’t done it before.



  18. Jai Laverty on October 30, 2022 at 4:25 am

    When did Stephen King get younger and start doing DIY projects? 😂 Just playing. Thanks for the help bud. Appreciate it 👍



  19. Andrew Choi on October 30, 2022 at 4:27 am

    Thank you for the video. After you plane the door, do you need to perhaps paint over it or something similar to prevent potential swelling of door?



  20. thestalicho on October 30, 2022 at 4:29 am

    Many doors have ball bearing hinges and will need unscrewing



  21. Matt Breakwell on October 30, 2022 at 4:30 am

    That’s an electric planer!



  22. tommy Chan on October 30, 2022 at 4:33 am

    Will it be faster to use a circular saw ?



  23. Alan Maidman on October 30, 2022 at 4:34 am

    You mentioned that the door was not painted on the bottom which you said is a no-no, yet you omitted to say to paint the job before refitting it.



  24. S on October 30, 2022 at 4:35 am

    Thank you so much! Love watching your how to videos. the toilet one worked amazing and no more leaks.. for this door video. My door also sticks on the side as week. Can I plane it on the side as well?



  25. WelshBoa on October 30, 2022 at 4:37 am

    Do you start the plane off just inside from the edge or on the edge? Won’t it splinter as it hits that first bit of wood



  26. Terry Chan on October 30, 2022 at 4:38 am

    Very good with clear expanlation !!



  27. orviskid on October 30, 2022 at 4:38 am

    Do it one shot don’t stop or you’ll get a radius cut where you stop also just set the depth on the planer to 1/8 and do in one shot



  28. themonkeydrunken on October 30, 2022 at 4:39 am

    This is a job for a circular saw. With a straight edge to guide it you can guarantee a straight cut.



  29. Andrew Bauld on October 30, 2022 at 4:39 am

    After watching this video yesterday, I tried the tape trick today. That’s a winner! Works perfectly, thanks for the tip!



  30. Marilyn monroe on October 30, 2022 at 4:39 am

    I’ve gotta do this to my door.. I’ve gotta take off a tiny amount.. Could I use a jigsaw? Or would I be better off using a saw.. Or sanding it.. Don’t wanna cut to much off..



  31. Michael Watts on October 30, 2022 at 4:40 am

    The first thing you did was HORRIBLY WRONG!!!! You NEVER take the door off before figuring out how much to shave off the bottom. And you NEVER use a measuring tape for this job.

    Here is the CORRECT METHOD by a Licensed Carpenter…

    1) With the door still hanging you’ll first tighten all screws on hinges.

    2) Using a LEVEL (Not a Measuring Tape) that’s wider than the door square the Level on the Hinge Side Bottom Corner and adjust up and down only on the side that’s scraping the floor and line it with a pencil really good.

    3) Now do the exact same on the other side of do.

    Now you will have a perfectly level door bottom instead of a crooked mess like the inexperienced guy in the video and without shaving too much off do to guessing with a Measuring Tape like he did.

    A LEVEL and a Hand Planer is all you need. So remember that you should always have the Right Tool For The Right Job!

    However, if it’s not a solid wood door and you have a Composite Door (most common for inside doors but they’re too Cheaply Cheap for me) that’s really soft then the better tool is a Belt Sander. You’ll never get an even look if you use a Planer as a Plane is meant for Solid Wood and nothing else which is exactly why it’s called a WOOD PLANE!!!



  32. bartbug1 on October 30, 2022 at 4:40 am

    Nice video, but I’d be working from the top of the door gap and coming down whilst the door is still hung (also checking that the floor isn’t crazy with is it’s finished height (tiles, lino etc) then work off that. I’d be keeping my Nail Bag off the finished surface of the door to. Not hating on your video mate, but just my two cents like any other Carpenter.



  33. vikings844 on October 30, 2022 at 4:40 am

    I just got 30" wide doors and the opening is 29.5". Would it be alright to use a table saw to make the cut or a jointer?



  34. koonta on October 30, 2022 at 4:41 am

    Completely wrong, with a builders pencil lying on its side mark both sides of the door whilst the door is in place. Remove the door from the hinges and with a straight edge form your line. The difference in height from the flat side of your builders pencil and the centre lead will give you a natural gap between the base of the door and your floor of approx 3mm. With your planer now plane the door moving from the centre of the door to the sides. Never from the sides to the centre as per the video. This will ensure that you don’t damage the sides of the door should your planer grab. You’re obviously not a tradesman.



  35. Omar Najjar on October 30, 2022 at 4:41 am

    Hell yeah dude thank you for posting this up. Looks really easy to do.



  36. Creek Tilghman on October 30, 2022 at 4:41 am

    very detailed plans for that I found on Stodoys.



  37. dm20 on October 30, 2022 at 4:42 am

    I thought is was gonna be a hand planer. Why would u put hand planer in the description



  38. iSharon Smith on October 30, 2022 at 4:45 am

    Could you trim a few mm’s off with a circular saw?



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  40. Izlude Tingel on October 30, 2022 at 4:46 am

    My brand new door is too wide. 28" but needs a reduction… And I don’t have the tools to do it. Can I just chisel it? Should be 27.5"



  41. Emma Krause on October 30, 2022 at 4:47 am

    *Been waiting😉 to get one for awhile **MyBest.Tools** Love it and easy to use. Braced pieces and ran thru on edges. Solid😄😄product. Still using my hand💯 planer.*



  42. Mowgli Baloo on October 30, 2022 at 4:48 am

    The best



  43. Karen Hansberry on October 30, 2022 at 4:50 am

    Can you use this method with an exterior door ?



  44. Stevie Fitzsimons on October 30, 2022 at 4:52 am

    Good detailed video well explained. Thank you.



  45. Sonny Edmonds 2 on October 30, 2022 at 4:53 am

    I expected a HAND PLANER, Not a power planer. Disappointed.



  46. Burt Bowers on October 30, 2022 at 4:54 am

    When planing a new door to remove 3/8" off the hinge side long ways is it better to have the door edge upright to plane it or as you show in this video on saw horses?



  47. thesunreport on October 30, 2022 at 4:55 am

    Yes that was helpful…i now realise why I struggle to get a square edge from using an electric plane…because my electric plane doesn’t have a guide….but I do have a door to plane so I guess I’ll just have to be careful!! 😀



  48. Sussex sea Angler on October 30, 2022 at 4:55 am

    Nice when you have benches and LOADS of space, but most jobs (in appartments) will have to be done with neither.
    Stand the door on its side and brace it vertically. Work the top side base towards the middle then flip over and do the other side.
    This can be done in a small hall or corridor.



  49. Rainbow Pierrot on October 30, 2022 at 4:55 am

    This is helpful but too much talking



  50. Conkyjoe on October 30, 2022 at 4:55 am

    What planer can trim non wood materials. My exterior door is plastic composite