To fix a door that doesn't latch, tighten any loose screws on the hinges, latch and strike plate; loosen the door knob; and lubricate the latch. If needed, realign the strike plate with the latch by filing the plate with a metal file.Continue Reading
Lift up the sagging door to its right position, and tighten the hinge screws by turning them clockwise with a screwdriver. For the stripped hinge screws, unscrew the hinges from the door frame, and drill screw holes afresh so the wood dowel is slightly bigger than the new holes, and hammer in a new dowel. Reattach the hinges, and drive the screws into the dowel. Close the door, and test if it latches.
If the door does not latch after tightening the hinges, open the door, and check the latch and strike plate for loose screws. Tighten any loose screws with a screwdriver, and test the door again. If the latch does not work, loosen the door knob, and lubricate the latch.
To align the latch and strike plate, grind the strike plate with a metal file until the latch fits in properly. Alternatively, relocate the strike plate to the position where it aligns with the latch.
Tips for troubleshooting a door include ensuring jabs, hinges and latches are properly installed and in good working order and ensuring the strike plate is correctly positioned. Doors that are sagging or out of alignment may be hitting the strike plate too low preventing them from properly latching. Lubricating door hardware is another helpful step when troubleshooting common door problems.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 >
To build a hidden door, measure the dimensions of the door frame, mark and cut the wood, assemble the frame, attach the hinges and mount the wheel and latch. Mount the door and hide the door from sight with a sheet of drywall that blends with the rest of the wall. An alternate way to build a hidden door is to set it behind paneling, a bookcase or posters.Full Answer >
Collect the necessary materials to install a wood screen door, including the door, three hinges, two doorknobs, the screen fabric and a latch. Measure the door frame precisely before ordering or building the door. It is possible to trim down a door that is too large, but it is not possible to add to a door that is too small.Full Answer >