A Guide To Fixing Common Door Issues


Whether you’ve recently installed a new door or you’re experiencing a new issue with a current door fitting, sometimes there will be problems that arise which will need addressing to keep the doors in your home working efficiently. At Arnold Laver we’ve put together a guide to fixing common door issues and problems, offering solutions and tips to ensure that your internal doors are working perfectly.

Door Hitting The Wall

If you’re finding that with a little extra force that the door is hitting back against the wall, potentially causing damage to the wall itself, then there are some things that can be done to make this a non-issue in no time! The most common solution to a door that hits the wall is to simply install a door stop which can be attached to the skirting board – the door will come into contact with the soft rubber doorstop cap, so that the door handle will not touch the wall. Another way is to fit a hinge stop which can be installed into the hinge pin itself and works by stopping the door from moving any further.

Silence Musical Doors

A squeaky door can be incredibly frustrating for everyone who uses it, especially if it’s a regularly used door that makes quite the noise when in frequent operation! A squeaking door can be the result of the metal hinges sliding over each other and vibrating, with the wooden door inadvertently acting as a soundboard which amplifies the sound. The trick when it comes to fixing a squeaky door is to spray an aerosol lubricant product directly onto any hinge pins and latch mechanisms. Once lubricated, test the hinges by moving the door backwards and forwards as this will ensure the product has gone onto the right parts of the hinge and move together more smoothly. A simple and quick hack for fixing a door squeak? Rub petroleum jelly over the hinge to eliminate the sound.

Rattling Doors

Another frustrating internal door issue is when the door doesn’t fit tightly against the door stop and as a result rattles when closed, causing an annoying sound that can become more apparent when other doors in the home are shut, or when the windows are open, due to the change in the circulation of air. A rattling door is often caused by a gap between the door itself and the door frame, causing an excess of space for the door to move around – however, it is an easy issue to fix! For a quick solution, we would recommend purchasing some self-adhesive foam pads that can be fixed to the door frame to fill up the excess space. It’s possible to get discreet wood effect foam pads that will blend better with the door.

Doors That Won’t Close Properly

It goes without saying that the main purpose of a door is that we are able to close them at our convenience, so if this function isn’t working properly, it needs to be rectified! If your door doesn’t stay shut then a reason for this could be down to badly aligned locks, or latches. If the door latch is not aligned appropriately with the strike plate, then the latch won’t slot in properly. It’s possible to move the strike plate up or down as required to get the right fit by measuring up where the two components will meet and moving the strike plate as required. It’s also worth ensuring that there isn’t a build up of old paint around the latch that could cause an obstruction.

Sticking Doors

When doors stick, it tends to be because there is a gap somewhere around the door frame and it can cause the door to drag on the floor or not open all the way back. It’s usually quite obvious where the issue with the door is if you take a step backward and look at the closed door from a distance. Check the tightness of the screws on the hinges and door jamb, which can be pulled loose with use. Tighten the hinge screws or remove the jamb and screw it on again to tighten it, which is make the door hang slightly higher, hopefully addressing the sticking problem. To solve a sticking door, it may also be necessary to trim the actual door itself using a block plane.

Dropped Doors

If you’re having trouble closing an internal door properly it could be due to the door dropping and the lock not quite lining up anymore. This is a common door problem that occurs as a result of the hinges becoming loose, so it’s worth checking the screws on the door hinges to see if there are any that can be tightened up with a screwdriver or a drill. If the screws are old and won’t tighten up correctly, then replacement screws may be needed to get the door back on track.

Another way to fix a rattling door is to shift the doorstep so it sits tight against the door when it’s closed. A way to avoid this problem occurring can be to double check the size of the door to ensure that you’ve got the right fit.


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