Door has to be Pushed Hard to Latch

If you have an exterior door that requires a shoulder to force it to latch, you may want to spend a little time to fix it. It likely is a simple fix. There are many possibilities why a door won’t latch starting with the latch itself. Make sure the latch is aligned with the hole in the strike plate. If …

Self-Closing Door Latch Doesn’t Retract

A door latch takes a lot of abuse and occasionally needs some easy maintenance. There are times when a door latch will get so gummed up with dirt and the parts get worn that it is very difficult to get it to move in-and-out like it should. Instead, it will hit the door strike plate and just stop. The noise …

Screen Door Pneumatic Closer Installation

It’s nice to leave the door open when the weather permits. It’s even nicer to have to door close behind you when you leave. This is all done with a pneumatic closer and it takes just a few minutes to install one. Most screen doors will come with a closer, but you have to install it. Fortunately, it is easy …

Door Hitting Strike Plate When it Closes

If you have a door problem the troubleshooting should be pretty clear. In this case, the door was hitting the strike plate when it closed. ┬áThis is an easy fix assuming that only the very leading edge is a little too snug. In many cases when the strike plate is installed, it is just surface-mounted to the door jamb. It …