getting doors to shut without slamming

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Topic by dusterbd13 posted 03-24-2010 03:10 PM 4499 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-24-2010 03:10 PM

i live in a 10 year old modular home.

what the problem is is that you cant get most of the interior doors to latch shut without slamming the heck out of them. the door latches just dont seem to go far enough into the frame. its gotten worse over the years weve lived in the house, and its really starting to drive me nuts this winter.

is there any way to fix this problem? its quite inconvienient.


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03-24-2010 03:47 PM

There are tons of possible issues. You post you live in a modular home. Some MH’s are set on poor foundations allowing ground movement to flex the structure, thus the door units.

Even nornal homes move a bit and the result is doors not operating properly.
possibilities are:

the door stops are set to close to the strike side
the door is warped
the strike is to low,high,forward or back
the strike did not come with the latch set and has to small an opening

The door butts are not in alignment causing a bow in or out of the door

Just for starters

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03-24-2010 06:11 PM

ok, so…..

let me introduce myself. Im a mechanic and a self taught woodworker. the only home rennovation projects ive ever really done by myself are to refloor, plumb, and paint the bathroom, change out a ceiling fan, landscaping, and build cabinets for the laundry room.

the latches and strikes were all purchased with the house, and were working well when we moved in. its only really gotten bad this winter. most all the interior doors in the house do this to some extent or another.

can you explain to me what the stops are, and how to adjust them? also, the door butts, and how to check that?

lastly, how would i check the strike and move it of necessary?


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03-25-2010 10:36 PM

Sounds like seasonal movement if you’ve been in the home only a year and they are just now getting bad. The stops are the trim running up the door jamb that the door hits against. These can be removed and moved back. The strike that the latch pops into to hold the door shut may need to be raised or lowered or moved forward or back or any combination of these depending on how the latch hits it.

If ypu’ve been in the home longer than a year this could be a sign of ground heave and foundational movement. This requires a specialist to come look at and suggest the best way to stabilize your foundation.

Maybe a good idea o just try and find a good carpenter to come out and look at what’s going on. Follow him around and watch what he does.
some ideas


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04-07-2010 05:24 AM

could be that the doors were poorly hung initially or you have movement in the foundation, not good…correct the foundation problems or rehang doors properly and sell the house

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04-20-2010 02:54 AM

You can either unscrew the hinges and place sheets of cardboard or plastic in the mortises of the door and jamb to basically shim out the door so the latch is closer to the strike plate.


You can remove your door trim and re-shim the jambs so the frame moves closer to the door and put the trim back.


You can do both.

I think if you really had bad foundation issues, then it wouldn’t just be the doors giving you problems. Windows would get stuck, floors uneven, cracked drywall, buckled roof, etc.

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