Originally Posted by ijustlee
When the door is closed and latched can you push it closed any farther by leaning into it? When you release the latch when it is closed does the door "pop" open like something is pushing on it? Do you have a screen door? Careful observation is the key here. You might be compressing or bending something when closing the door. I had to cut down the spring in the screen door latch to get my 1973 door to work right. Keeping every moving part lubed is important for my door to work. Leland
Yes, when I open the door it makes a "pop" noise. It's as if I'm releasing some built up tension. I do have a screen door. Also, the bottom right corner of the main door scraps on the bottom when I close it. My screen door doesn't have a latch, it has a little roller thing that goes over a striker plate to keep it in place.
The screen door is a little difficult to lock as well. I need to pull it in order to close it.
I showed my cousin, who is a structural engineer, and he said the side of the frame that the striker plate is on is not lined up correctly. It is in a little bit and needs to be pushed out. He suggested using a car jack and a 2 x 4 in order to move it in small increments until it closes smoothly. I checked out the logistics of this and once I take out the 3 screws holding the door frame down, the frame will be free and able to be moved. I'm planning on trying this technique this week. I will let everyone know how it turns out.
Attached is a picture of the door latch before I repaired it. The striker spring is not to stiff, I only installed one instead of the 2 that was originally installed. I didn't want to put too much pressure on the door latch components, considering the door latch parts of are such poor quality.
Why no one has designed a door latch of identical size that is made out of steel or some other high quality metal instead of the weak cast aluminum I'll never know.