Each door can be adjusted and adjusted depending on the type


There are two groups of doors that can be set differently. A loose hinged door, as it is common in the living area, must be unhooked. Terrace and front doors have a complex locking mechanism, which, just like the steel fire door, is adjusted to set screws directly on the belt.

What effects effect and align

The adjustment counteracts jamming and grinding both on old and newly installed doors. Settings are always made on the hinges. This includes preventing a door from falling shut by itself.

Depending on the type of door, lowering or raising the door can be done by adjusting screws or by inserting washers into the door hinge after the door has been hung. The dimensional tolerance is usually up to three millimeters, but correct setting depends crucially on the width of the upper door gap. For larger tolerances, the door frame must be repositioned.

Locking mechanism must be readjusted

When the door hinges of a door are adjusted, this has an effect on the most opposite locking mechanism. In most cases, the snap lock, the so-called door latch, be adjusted by a slight displacement of the strike plate.

Depending on the door mechanism, the door closer and the door lock can and must be adjusted. For simple fittings usually the lock cylinder must be offset with door handle and counter bearing. In the case of complex mechanisms in patio, house and steel doors, after loosening fixing screws, it is usually possible to displace the closing mechanism in the range of the usual setting tolerances.

Room doors and other simply hinged doors

If a room door no longer closes, does not open or closes automatically, the door must be hung. The door hinges are then either changed in position or supplemented by washers.

Doors with adjusting mechanism in the hinges

Door types with complex mechanics include:

Set patio doors

Terrace and security doors have a multipoint locking system. When operating the doors, the hinges are affected. If a folding mechanism is integrated with a patio door, the hinged door hangs off the upper door hinge and the hold is taken over by a retaining bracket. Doors of this design have set screws on the belts and other mechanical components.

Adjust the front doors

A front door must meet safety requirements that are only possible with locking mechanisms mounted on all sides of the frame. If a front door does not close properly, a professional should be hired to set it. By unhooking the front door often the insurance against burglary goes out.

Set fire doors made of steel

Fire doors made of steel are subject to fire regulations and building regulations. The manufacturers provide detailed instructions for the operation, adjustment and impact of the integrated set screws. If there is no instruction or the setting does not bring the necessary success, a specialist should also be commissioned here.

To set a room door

  • Fitschenringe
  • Maybe emery paper, leather or Schnorr discs
  • screwdriver
  • pipe wrench

1. Unhook the door

Open the room door so far that the upper edge of the profile no longer jams with the upper door frame or the door sill. For most doors, an angle of about 45 degrees is sufficient. Grasp the door leaf and pull it upwards evenly about five centimeters.

2. Turn door hinges

The door hinges mounted in the masonry or the frame usually fit on a mandrel or a screw. If you lower or lower the upper door hinge, lift the door leaf. Remember to do the same "backlash" on the bottom door leaf.

3. Insert discs

To lift the door leaf, slip Fitschenringe over the pivot pins. Place the rings synchronously up and down. Pay attention to the given dimensional tolerance, which corresponds to the width of the upper door gap.

4. Increase rotational resistance

Place Schnorr disks around the pivot pins instead of Fitschen rings to prevent the door from closing automatically. Alternatives are sandpaper or leather.

To set a steel, patio or front door

  • support wedges
  • Allen
  • Strip straightening iron

1. Infer wedges

Before you operate the set screws, interrupt the pulling force on the hinges on steel and house doors. Wedge the door leaf to the floor with three to five support wedges at the lower door gap. In doing so, the door should be opened to the degree according to the manufacturer's instructions.

2. Follow the instructions

Since the different manufacturers construct individual mechanical components, follow the description. Normally, set screws of all doors with fuses are operated with an Allen key or a screwdriver.

3. Bend bands

On steel doors, the door hinges bend on the metal tabs that connect them to the door leaf. With a straightening iron, the steel can be bent by a few millimeters. This work requires experience.

Tips & Tricks

Modern house and patio doors have so-called vault tapes, which allow in addition to a vertical adjustment and horizontal adjustments. If you choose these door hinge models when purchasing the door, this makes readjustment easier, which increases the service life of the entire door.


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