door hingesThe door from the garage into the house is supposed to be self-closing. Problems occur with these doors as they seem to either slam closed or don’t close hard enough to latch.

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The fix is in the hinges and possibly even the weather stripping.  Depending on the weight of your door, you will either have a self-closing hinge at one location or two locations. You can adjust them for more tension or less.

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If the door is slamming, ease back on the tension. You can stick an Allen wrench in the top of the hinge. Some hinges require you to push down on the hinge to release all of the tension and then retension the hinge by turning the wrench. You will hear a “clicking” sound as you do this. Other hinges require you to turn the wrench and pull out the pin, gently ease back on the tension and then reset the pin in a hole to hold the tension.

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You might also look at the weather stripping. It may be that it is so dense and stiff that it doesn’t allow the door to latch and instead bumps it back open. So sometimes you get a repetitive banging noise. So you can also try to replace it with a less dense weather stripping.

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