Door Can Be Pulled Open, Even When Locked


Old 10-28-13, 02:13 PM
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Door Can Be Pulled Open, Even When Locked

The door is a closet and originally locked on the outside, but I switched the door knob/lock so that you have to have a key to unlock the closet. Im assuming that this is the problem?:No Beer 4U:
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Old 10-28-13, 02:29 PM
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Not likely, more often it's the latch bolt is not dropping into the strike plate.
A simple way to check what needs to be done is close the door just enough that the latch touches the strike plate and mark the top and bottom with a pencil, open the door and see if it misses the hole at the top or the bottom and get back to us.
If it's a small amount try tightening the hinge screws. Sill missing then one of the hinges needs a screw removed and replaced with a 2-1/2 or 3" screw and tightened to pull the door up or down.
Which one is done depends on if it to high or to low.
Bottom one will lower it the top one will raise it.
You did change the knob and strike plate and not try and use the old one, right?
Old 10-28-13, 02:55 PM
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Ok, ill try that and get back to you! And yes, I did change everything related to the knob/lock/strike plate.

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