Forum Title: Door doesn't close properly
I recently replaced the door knob on the door between my garage and my kitchen. Initially, the door closed fine; I could push it gently and it would latch. Then after a few days or so the latch seemed to start hitting the strike plate sooner and the door was more difficult to close without turning the knob. This got worse over time. I eventually removed the strike plate and the door closed easily again. Now the same problem has recurred even though the strike plate is removed. What is happening to cause this problem? I have tried tightening the door hinges. I can't figure out what is changing to cause the position of the latch to change.
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: LEO BREWER (Lehi, UT), 01/19/2019

Welcome to the forums! You will have to remove the metal frame, not the wooden frame in order to install new windows. The metal frame is attached to the wooden one. I would leave the wood if it is in decent shape, slip in your replacements and seal them up. Without seeing your set up, I would think there is a metal lintel plate on top of all the window framing. It seems to be too wide an opening for a flat piece of dimensional lumber to support things.

- NICHOLAS COOPER (Bowie, MD), 03/04/2019

Quote: Originally Posted by Gunguy45 Most likely your door (hinge side) has sagged. Does lifting up on the door indicate any movement? Have you replaced one screw in the upper and middle hinges with a 3 1/2 screw so that it hits the wall framing behind the door frame? They should be in the holes closest to the middle of the frame. It's also possible the latch side has bowed a bit...you can use longer screws in the strikeplate as well...but it may be hard to find small screws that are long enough. I checked and there is some movement on the hinge side. I will try your suggestion with the 3 1/2 screws. Thanks.

- ALICIA MCCOY (Pasadena, TX), 03/04/2019

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