Problems with aluminium door


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Old 12-28-17, 06:57 AM
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Problems with aluminium door

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Have problems closing a north facing aluminium front door (I accept this is partly weather related) but would appreciate if someone could explain how to adjust the hinges and in what order. There are four hinges - pictures attached.
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Old 12-28-17, 07:06 AM
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Is this a mobile home door? Exactly what is your problem with the door?

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Old 12-28-17, 09:12 AM
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Size:  96.3 KBNo - not a mobile home - installed with full double glazing quite some time ago. Problem is I have to slam it hard to get it shut. In danger of taking out the frame :-) - and no - it's not the string holding up the wreath outside - it's still hard to shut without that.
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Old 12-28-17, 09:55 AM
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*If* they are adjustable, you would likely start on the top hinge and turn the Allen screws clockwise to correct a door that is sagging under its own weight. I have not seen that type of hinge before so it's hard to say without being able to examine it.

But you have given us pitiful little information to go on. "Its hard to shut" isn't very helpful. If you could tell us where it is rubbing that would help. Is it hitting on top of the door? On bottom? Tight against the latch side? More so at the top of the latch side?

And without being able to see which side needs adjusting, nor how much, it is pretty hard to advise.
 
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Old 12-28-17, 01:09 PM
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OK I accept it's a pitiful explanation - will investigate tomorrow to see if I can explain better where the problem lies - problem is that because the door has an overlapping edge it is difficult to see where the problem lies - however - will give it a go - thanks for replying
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Old 12-28-17, 01:14 PM
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- just a thought - what does 'turning the allen screws clockwise' actually do ? - if I could understand the underlying principle I might be in with half a chance :-)
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The closest I've seen a hinge like that is on mobile homes and they aren't all that adjustable. Your hinges have an allen screw at the top/bottom side of each hinge. I don't know if they just secure the hinge pin or provide some sort of adjustment.

Often the finish gets scraped/scuffed where the door binds. You also need to look at the reveal on the inside to see if it is even all around the door where it meets the jamb. Where it's tighter is likely the spot where it is binding.
 
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Old 12-28-17, 03:09 PM
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I'm not sure they are even adjustable. IMO the Allen screw looks like it is simply a set screw used in the assembly of the 3 piece hinge. But if it is an adjustment, I would assume that turning the Allen screw clockwise would pull the door closer to the center of the hinge pin. You would have to watch it as you turn and see if it does "anything". If it only turns counterclockwise, chances are it is simply a set screw.
 
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Old 12-29-17, 05:34 AM
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Doh !! After all that !! When I came to looking at the door in detail it wasn't catching anywhere - If I closed the door with the handle down - as opposed to slamming - it closed a treat. A little WD40 on the latch bolt and problem solved :-) At least putting the problem on here made me look to see if it was catching anywhere. Ain't it wunnerful growing old !
Thanks for taking the time and trouble to help.
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Old 12-29-17, 06:15 AM
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Glad you got it worked out.

For future reference, there are better door lubricants than wd-40... check out this recent thread where it is being discussed.

https://www.doityourself.com/forum/r...or-handle.html
 
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Glad you got it figured out ..... now if only all repairs were that easy!
 
 

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