Set the door latch

If a door no longer closes well or not at all, most do-it-yourselfers immediately think of the door-latch. By setting the door trap this would indeed fall back into the lock correctly. However, the door latch can be adjusted even in very few cases. Instead, you can make other settings and changes and thus set the door trap almost indirectly.

The door trap itself usually offers no setting options

Surely one or the other reader has already experienced this: a door closes only with great effort or not at all. Obviously, it would now be natural to set the door trap. However, there are virtually no adjustment options on the trap. This also applies to the counterpart, the door lock. If anything, then the fixing holes are elongated holes.

Rather, you have to set the door trap indirectly

This in turn means you can set the door latch slightly up and down. But so very few door traps are designed. If a door latch does not close properly, you have indirect controls and options to affect the closing of a door:

  • about the various settings on the hinges
  • Replacing the door sealing rubber (if available)
  • oiling the trap

Settings via the door hinges

The adjustment of the hinges is depending on the used hinges only conditionally possible. If you want to increase the door slightly, you can lift the door leaf out of its hinges. Then appropriate washers are put on the hinges. The specialized trade offers so-called Fitschenringe.

Set hinges on metal frames

With door frames made of metal, you also have the option to adjust the fishing closer or far away from the frame. For this you will find on the frame a small hole at the level of the upper hinge. Sunk into this hole is a screw, usually an Allen screw.

This Allen screw fixes the door hinge in its position. Loosen this screw a bit, you can push the rod further to the frame or pull away from it. Normally, you have to push the fishing rod further to the frame and then tighten, then now the entire door leaf when closing extends into the frame.

There can also be a typical problem if the hinge has not been inserted far enough into the rod: when the door is opened, it drags down on the outside at the bottom. At the very least you will see a different distance to the floor over the length of the lower edge of the door.

Replacing the door rubber

The problem with a door latch that does not fall into the lock is that the latch and the door can not be pushed far enough towards the frame. Some doors have a door rubber, which can be solved and then protrudes correspondingly far. Or maybe an object has been stuck or stuck somewhere on the door rubber.

Oiling the door latch

Often the problem is very easy to solve; namely with a drop of oil. Preferably use spray oil. Cover the rest of the trap so that only oil is sprayed on the bar. Run off oil immediately with a rag.

Use only suitable oils to lubricate the door latch

Never use graphite oils or oils that use other solid substances as a lubricant. These can jam the trap, as they are actually attractive to other particles of dirt. Also, no resinifying oils should be used.

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