Fix A Door Catch In 3 Steps

door with latch stop
  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 0-30
What You'll Need
Spare door catch

A lot of problems with a door’s ability to close properly have to do with the door catch. The door catch is a small metal piece attached to the wall where the door latch can be inserted and keep the door shut. If malfunctioning, the door catch can both prevent the door from shutting without force, or stay shut if it is too loose. This article will cover the three basic problems you may have with your door catch and how to fix them.

Step 1 - Check the Screws

The first step in making sure your door catch works properly is to check the screws connecting the catch to inside of the wall. You will want to make sure that these screws are as tight as possible in order to avoid problems. Usually, one of the dominant problems with a malfunctioning door catch is that it is loosely placed in the frame and juts out of the frame by a small amount. This can prevent the door from closing and cause some problems with the appearance of the door after extended use.

Step 2 - Check the Catch

If you've determined that the screws are secured in the frame as tightly as possible, you may want to check the catch itself. Sometimes, over the course of time, a catch can become slightly bent. As a result, you can try lightly hammering the door catch until it is straight again. It should be stressed that you should only lightly hammer the catch. If you hammer too hard, you may cause damage to the door frame. If the catch is too badly bent, you should consider replacing it.

Step 3 - Make Sure Everything Lines Up

The final step is to make sure the door catch is aligned correctly with the door handle. You need to make sure that the door is able to easily click in place within the catch. If this isn't lined up right, you may need to contact the person who installed the door, because these two pieces should have been properly aligned from the beginning.