Lift door hinges


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Old 01-27-22, 01:44 AM
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Lift door hinges

My bathroom door doesn't fit into the hole to lock because it's misaligned. I am not sure how to fix it. Will I be able to adjust the height with the hinge adjustment? Please refer to the attached images for further details


 
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Old 01-27-22, 03:28 AM
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I would remove the catch plate and file the hole bigger on the bottom.
You may also have to chisel out some of the casing.

The above is only if the door fits correctly within the frame,
 
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Close the door even if it doesn't latch. Look at the gap around the door frame. If you see uneven, pie shaped gaps it usually means the hinge screws have come loose or are pulling out. I remove a screw or two from the top hinge where it goes into the wall. Then I install 3"+ long screws to go into the house's framing. Then as you tighten those screws it pulls the door back up into position so the latch aligns with the strike plate.
 
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Old 01-27-22, 05:07 AM
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Agreed- in the third picture the dark horizontal wear marks (lines) suggest the striker plate is too high by maybe 3 cm.

To fix it you'd need to remove the two screws holding the striker plate and reposition the striker. Easy enough, but to move the striker you may also need to...
- remove wood from the door frame so the striker plate sits flat. You can do this (carefully) with a chisel and a hammer;
- remove wood from the frame behind the striker. This provides a pocket for the spring-loaded door latch to extend into and hold the door closed. You can do this (carefully ) with a chisel too, or maybe a drill with a largish bit or forstner bit;
- sand and paint, which may also include filling the empty screw holes.

You got this! Good luck, and let us know how it goes.

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I would not lower the plate.
I would just elongate the hole.

I do not like putting new screw holes near old ones unless absolutely necessary.
 
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If you want to elongate or extend the hole in the strike plate lower a flat file can work. This can be done with the strike plate still in the jamb cut it takes a lot of tiny, little short strokes. Removing the strike plate and holding it in a vice makes filing much faster & easier. If you have a Dremel tool it's pretty easy to use a grinding bit to open the hole. Then you can use a file to square off the corner if needed.
 
 

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