Common Issues & Fixes for Internal Doors
While most people will go a long time without having to update anything to do with their doors, the slightest problem with a door can affect the look of a whole room. So if you find that your door isn’t quite looking how it should, take a look at some of the most common issues to identify and the easy fixes recommended by us here at Leader Doors.
You’ll probably notice that your door has dropped if you’re having trouble closing it properly because the lock doesn’t quite line up any more. This is a really common issue that means the hinges have come loose. Check out the screws on the door hinges to see if any stand out as being loose and simply tighten with a drill or screwdriver depending on what you find best to use. If the screw won’t tighten properly, you may have to replace it with a larger size.
If you’re struggling to open and close your door properly, you may have to consider sanding or planing problem areas on your door. You should be able to tell where the door is sticking by looking for marks on the paintwork on the edge of the door. Simply sand, plane or do both in this area of the door. If the issue is at the top or the side of the door, you’ll be able to do this with the door still attached to the frame. If the issue is at the bottom of the door, you’ll need to take it off its hinges and plane it on a workbench.
Are squeaking hinges or tough locks getting you down? Luckily there’s a very simple solution. Choose an aerosol lubricant and spray it onto any problematic hinge pins or latch mechanisms. Open and close the door a few times to make sure the oil is evenly distributed throughout the hinges then wipe away any excess as necessary.
Badly Aligned Locks
If a door hasn’t been fitted properly, you may find that the door latch is out of line with the striker plate meaning that it won’t slot in properly. You may be able to fix a small misalignment by enlarging the cut-out area of the striker plate with a metal file, but for anything more than that you’ll probably have to reposition the plate. It’s simple enough to figure out exactly where the striker plate should line up.
Once removed, rub a coloured pencil or pen along the tip of the latch, then close the door and try the handle several times. This should leave a print on the frame at the exact position of the latch. Then all you need to do is chisel the cut-out area as far as the mark and re-attach the striker plate in its new position.
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