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Door Is Not Closing All The Way?

Doors go through a never-ending cycle of being pulled open and pushed closed, which strains hinges, door pivots and closers. The constant wear and tear means they may stop closing properly. Here are four common door problems and possible solutions:

Troubleshooting door function when door will not open or close properly

  1. When door not meeting weatherstrip evenly when it closes, hitting the top or bottom first -Quick fix: Realign, reshim, readjust lockside jamb so the door meets the weatherstripping evenly from top to bottom.
  2. When adjustable strike plate not properly aligned -Quick fix: Realign adjustable strike plate.
  3. When door sagging out of square in frame (uneven head margin) -Quick fix: Make sure LONG hinge screws provided are properly installed in the top hinge through the jamb to the stud.
  4. When frame out of square (uneven sill/door bottom margin) -Quick fix: Usually caused by plumb frame members sitting on unloved floor/sill area. Free lowest jamb leg and shim it up to level the sill and maintain an even head margin.