A door may pull away from the hinges because of its weight or an unaligned strike plate. Swelling or settling of the house may also cause doors to shut improperly. Repairing it ensures a proper fit.Continue Reading
Open the door and locate the hinge screws. Starting at the top, tighten the hinge screws with a screwdriver. If any screws are loose and fail to tighten, insert a wooden stick into the hole, wedging it between the screw and the hinge. Test the door when all screws are tight. Adjust if needed.
Locate the point where the door sticks. Drive a finishing nail into the jamb at this point, drawing the jamb closer to the framing. Use a nail punch to sink the nail. Fill the hole with wood putty. Sand and paint the patched hole.
Mark the point on the door that is sticking with a piece of tape. Remove the door from the hinges. Place the door on a pair of sawhorses. Plane the marked area with a hand plane. Sand away any roughness and touch up with paint. Rehang the door.
If the strike is out of alignment, unscrew it from the jamb. Fill in the area with epoxy putty. Finish by reinstalling the strike.
According to Home Repair Central, a door strike plate needs to be adjusted if it does not align properly with the door lock. You may need to move the strike plate slightly in or out to match the door lock correctly.Full Answer >
To remove a Schlage door lock, first unscrew the mounting bolts and separate the interior and exterior handles; then, force out the latch mechanism with a screwdriver and finally remove the strike plate. Schlage door locks are designed for easy installation and removal.Full Answer >
Replace front door locks with American National Standards Institute Grade One or Two deadbolts, ensuring that the deadbolt strike plate is also replaced with a box strike model with full metal enclosure. Choose screws at least 3 inches long that go all the way through the security plate into the wood frame. If the door is beside a window, use a double cylinder lock that requires a key on the inside in place of a thumb-turn deadbolt.Full Answer >
To fix a deadbolt lock, realign the latch with the strike plate by tightening any loose hinge screws and the screws holding the lock to the door, grind the keeper to increase its size, and lubricate the lock. If necessary, grind the deadbolt's bolt to reduce its size.Full Answer >