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Commercial Door Not Latching

Commercial Door Not Latching

When a property settles, the door usually settles with it which ultimately results in a misaligned door that won’t latch. A door won’t latch because the latch itself is not aligned with the holes in the strike plate. Typically, the door’s misalignment is always noticeable so you will be able to tell right away If this is the current problem that you have with your commercial door - - your commercial door is not latching- - then today we are going to teach you how to repair it in a few easy steps.

You are going to need:

  • Hammer
  • Wood Chisel
  • Drill Set
  • 4 in 1 Screwdriver
  • Cordless Drill

If you find that the latch contacts the strike plate a little too low or a little too high, you are going to want to make sure that your door hinges are screwed on tightly. This should solve the issue- if it doesn’t, try removing one of the screws on the jamb side of the hinge and drive in a three inch screw. The screw will draw in the whole doorjamb slightly. If you want to raise the latch then do this at the top of the hinge, and vice versa for lowering the latch.

If the latch contacts the strike plate at the proper level, but the problem is that it doesn’t go far enough, you are going to need to reposition the strike plate. You can move a strike plate up, down, out, or even in. You can use a sharp chisel to enlarge the stike plate and then hold the strike plate in place while you drill in new holes Install the strike plate and then fill any gaps with wood filler. Finish the patch by removing the strike plate to paint.

If you have trouble taking care of the door repairs, contact a professional from The Chicago Door People and we can help you restore your commercial door to as good as new.