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Door will not latch


interior will not latch because jam has moved

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There are a few ways you can fix this problem by trouble shooting a few things.....#1 If there is room inside the door opening, and your door still closes you can "SHIM" one of the hinges out. Top or bottom can be shimmed depending on where the latch for the door is hitting the Strike Plate. Close the door and watch where the latch is closing on the frame. If it is hitting above the Strike Plate then you can shim the Upper hinge, Shim bottom hinge if latch is hitting below Stike Plate. You can use anything Thin( as Thick as the hinge plate or thinner) a wooden shim, a piece of plastic, something to bring the honge out a bit. Unscrew the needed hinge from the wall and insert "SHIM" between hinge and wall and retighten screws. This may adjusting enough so the door will latch. You may also use this method sort of in reverse. Instead of shimming the hinge, you may be able to recess in deeper into the frame or the door, creating the same affect. You will need to remove the door and use a wood chisel to sink the hinge(s) deeper. #2 If that does not work you may have to relocate the strike plate up or down, creating a new area for the latch. Follow the same proceedure as solution #1 to see where the latch is hitting the strike plate. Remove and reposition the strike plate so the latch hits in the center of the hole in the strike plate. Mark the strike plate where the new postion needs to be and use a wood chisel to recess the strike plate in its new position. Than you can patch the old area with wood putty. I think #2 is the easiest, depending on how your wood work on the door framing is......I have used these tricks before, and I hope they can help you out......Joe

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And if it even not working went the door is open?

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