Originally Posted by Stormalong
I first noticed black dust along the bottom of doorframe. Upon inspection I noticed a groove beginning to wear into the doorframe at the bottom. The trim strip attached to the bottom of the door was the culprit. After filing for a while, I just took a plastic builders shim and inserted it between the doorskin and the trim. This wedges the trim so it doesn't run anymore.
Let me guess. If you let the door swing to close, it comes back like a spring is attached a couple inches.
Good: The door gasket and frame are making good contact and you push the door to shut, snug and hold to engage the Dead Bolt.
Bad: At the bottom of the Frame, you may see a thin line groove cutting into the aluminum. It is a straight line, and road vibrations will cut the groove deeper and wider closer to the hinge. The door is cutting into the frame to reduce the tension. (Doors are not made perfectly to fit. They are made and attached as needed.
I discussed this some time ago in a Thread. You need to sand down the aluminum edge that is making contact. Mine was 1/8 to 1/4 inch. Used a belt sander as a file or sandpaper would take me more time than I have to... spare. I am old.
Use the paper strip... trick. Start at the bottom left side and move the paper towards the frame. When the paper stops... you know where to start sanding down the sharp edge of aluminum trim.
If you do not care about EXCESS STRESS on the two hinges... fine with me. I figured it out after my top hinge came loose. That is obvious as well. Not very secure.
Anyone... if you look at the bottom flat edge as you step into your entry... look for the cutting into the flat area. You will see it. This is trouble. If you do nothing... be prepared to fix more than sanding in the future. Your hinges will not be happy.