Front Door Shifting

Old 09-01-06, 11:04 AM
Steve Beaudet
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Front Door Shifting

My house is only a couple of yrs old and it appears my front door is shifting. When I close and lock the door, I have to lift it by the handle so that the dead bolt will slide out and lock the door.

Is it just a matter of adjusting the scews in the doorjamb or do I have to make the lock hole larger? This has been going on for a while now, but it has gotten worse lately. I have actually had to replace the dead bolt because of the strain that has been placed on it, the mechanism popped out of the lock itself.

Temperature and humidity also seem to be a factor in the fit of the door. Any advice will be appreciated.
Old 09-01-06, 11:51 AM
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Its hard when you cant see it to say just what to do. Does the door look even all around the jam when closed??? Did they use the long long screws up in the top hinge???

Old 09-01-06, 01:07 PM
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I beleive it does look even and I can only assume they used the long screws. I have a lot of faith in my builder. But to be sure, I will have to check when I get home.
Old 09-01-06, 03:34 PM
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Like Ed says, the top hinge needs to have at least 1 long screw installed to keep the door from sagging down. If you look at the reveal (gap) across the top of the door, if the gap is larger on one side than the other (the side of the top that the knob is on), it's likely that you either need to tighten that screw some, or if there ain't one, put a long screw in and snug it up until it raises your door.

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