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There’s a short list of things you ask from a door, so when it fails to deliver on one of them it can be more than annoying. When you set a door, it should stay where you put it – open – closed – half way – ¼-inch gap. If it swings when you don’t want it to, the Forum can put it in its place.

Original Post: Interior door won’t stay closed unless latched?

walkerstoo Member

I have an interior door that swings open unless latched... would prefer that it would swing towards the closed position. How to shim to keep door more closed? Or use a spring loaded hinge?

Thanks

Highlights from the Thread

Pilot Dane Group Moderator

Switching out one of the hinges for a spring loaded one would be the easiest. Shimming or getting the door squared on its own would probably require removing the door assembly and re-installing it and shimming it to get it plumb and square, which could leave an odd gap where the molding meets the wall.

joecaption1 Member

I'd just remove one of the hinge pins and put it between two blocks of wood and rap the center of the pin. The slight bend will make the door stay where ever you put it.

Norm201 Member

“I'd just remove one of the hinge pins and put it between two blocks of wood and rap the center of the pin. The slight bend will make the door stay where ever you put it.”

Risky but innovative. Which pin and how much of a bend before you can't re-inset it into the hinge?

Gunguy45 Super Moderator

It doesn't take much at all Norm... just a slight "flex" in the pin. Personally, I don't like doing it because it seems to lead to wear and squeaking down the road... but sometimes it's the quickest easiest answer.

Michael Rivers Member

The secret to a quiet door is straight pins and correct lubrication. The secret to keeping a door open is the opposite.

In descending order of price, and "correctness."
1) Tear down everything and rebuild it so it's level and plumb.
2) Tear out just the frame and re-shim everything
3) Take off the door and use pieces of paper or cardboard to adjust (none on top or bottom, X in the middle, 2X on bottom or top). Adjustment might need to be made at the wall or at the door, or both.
4) Spring Hinge
5) Bend the pin (it won't squeak much, if at all)
6) Just deal with it.

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