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 …

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 …