I JUST had this problem surface the other day at my mom’s house. The door to her detached garage wouldn’t stay closed – you could simply push it open without even turning the door knob.
Mom: It’s okay Skaie, there’s really nothing in there that’s important.
Skaie: Uh, mom? How about your new car?
Though my mom was blessed with a lack of attachment to material things, she sometimes needs a nudge when it comes to the practicality of keeping what she does possess safe from unscrupulous individuals.
Enter: “Operation Garage Entry Door Fix!”
Within minutes, I was able to determine what I needed to do to fix her door that wouldn’t shut, which, by the way, now also LOCKS, thanks to a repositioned strike plate.
You know what? How ’bout I show you what I did? And with the help of my good friends at HomeAdvisor, you’ll be able to fix any door you (or your mom) need closing.
DOOR LATCH HOME HACK How-To:
- Cover the strike plate with masking tape.
- Apply lipstick to the edge of the latch.
- Carefully close the door so the lipstick leaves a mark on the tape.
- Using a marker, outline the strike plate hole so you can clearly see where the latch hits the strike plate. If the latch misses the strike plate hole by more than 1/8″…
- Re-mortise the strike plate.
How to re-mortise a strike plate:
- The best way to do this is to first remove the strike plate (usually held on by a couple of screws.
- Then you can either drill or chisel out the wood to allow the latch to fit.
- Finally, you’ll need to reposition and reattach the strike plate to allow the latch to fit into the newly drilled or chiseled out hole.