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DIY Guide to Fixing a Door That Won't Close Properly

At Calgary Lock & Safe, we understand that sometimes, even the most reliable doors need a little TLC. If you've found yourself wrestling with a door that just won't close properly, we're here to help! Check out this DIY guide that's both informative and easy to follow.

Why Won't My Door Close? Understanding the Basics

Before we jump into the fixing, let's quickly explore why doors misbehave. Common culprits include loose hinges, misalignment, friction, and even changes in humidity affecting wooden doors. Now, let's get hands-on and bring that door back to its obedient self.

1. Check Those Hinges

The first order of business is to inspect the hinges. Often, a door not closing properly is a hinge issue. Grab a screwdriver and tighten those screws on both the door and the frame. If the screw holes are feeling a bit loose, consider using longer screws, such as 2-3" screws or inserting wooden dowels (or even some wooden toothpicks) for a sturdier fix. If you need to add dowels or toothpicks, put some wood glue on the screws to keep it all together.

2. Align for Success

Look closely at your door. Is it sagging? If so, it's time for a little lift. Slip a wedge or shim under the lower hinge to give it some support. If the door leans away from the latch side, tweak the top hinge instead. You can use a small piece of cardboard as the wedge, just cut it to a size that won't show under the hinge.

If the wedges aren't enough, or are making the door too tight, you might also consider a hinge knuckle bender.

Here's a video that explains how a knuckle bender works:

3. Smooth Operation: Lubricate

Friction might be the culprit. Grab a silicone-based lubricant and generously apply it to the hinges and latch. This small step can make a big difference in achieving a smooth and silent closure.

4. Strike a Balance: Fix the Strike Plate

Take a look at the strike plate on the door frame. Does it align perfectly with the latch? If not, a slight adjustment may be in order. Move the plate up, down, left, or right until it lines up perfectly with the latch. Don't forget to tighten those screws securely. If you have a new door and perhaps the wasn't measured exactly right, consider a door latch restorer.

5. Weather-Proof Your Door

Weatherstripping and door sweeps are great for keeping out the cold, but they can sometimes interfere with smooth door closure. Check for any obstructions and trim or adjust as needed.

6. Evaluate the Gap

If your door isn't sealing properly, inspect the gaps around the edges. Adjust the strike plate or latch to ensure a snug fit. Moving the strike plate in might seal things up. Thicker weatherstripping on an exterior door can also be your ally in creating a more airtight seal.

10. When in Doubt, Seek Help from the Pros

If your door woes persist or you're feeling uncertain about any step, it's always a smart move to call in the pros. Our team of locksmiths and door experts can provide the help needed for a lasting solution.

There you have it! Armed with this DIY guide, you're now equipped to tackle that stubborn door and restore harmony to your space. At Calgary Lock & Safe, we believe in empowering our community with the knowledge and tools to enhance safety and security at home. Remember, a smoothly operating door is not just a convenience; it's a statement of comfort and control.

Feel the satisfaction of fixing your door yourself and, if you ever find yourself in need of professional assistance, the Calgary Lock & Safe team is always here to help. Now, go ahead, put on that DIY hat, and let's get those doors swinging smoothly once again!


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