Fixing a Door Latch Video

Steps for fixing a Door Latch that will not Latch properly

By Mark J. Donovan

In this video, Mark Donovan, of steps through the process of fixing a door latch that will not latch properly.

Do you have a door that just won’t latch shut, even when you pull on it hard to close it, or pull up on it while pulling the door closed?  Often it is an easy task to fix this type of problem.


In the video below I show three suggestions on how to  fix a door latch that won’t latch close. All require a few basic tools and will require about 15 to 30 minutes of your time.

The most simplest fix is to make sure all the door hinge screws are tight using a screw driver.

The second fix suggestion is to adjust the strike plate hole on the door jamb.

The last fix suggestion involves using a block of wood and a hammer to adjust the location of the door stop.

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