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Don
door binding
Don

Bought repo house, have 3 hinge doors throughout intierior, found top hinge in bath door with loose screws in door, not biting, stripped. Replaced with longer screws, now door binds as closing on striker plate. Now know why screws stripped. What do I need to adjust to cure binding and not strip out of door?

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce
kada wrote:

Bought repo house, have 3 hinge doors throughout intierior, found top hinge in bath door with loose screws in door, not biting, stripped. Replaced with longer screws, now door binds as closing on striker plate. Now know why screws stripped. What do I need to adjust to cure binding and not strip out of door?

What you've probably done is warp the door jamb, forcing the door over, causing it to bind on the strike. The cure would be to repair the stripped out hole and use the original hinge screw, OR, pop the trim off the hinge side and shim behind the hinge so that you don't tweak the jamb out of plumb. You can check this with a long string and a weight (plumb bob ) and a measuring tape, or a long straight edge to see if the jamb leg has any woopteedo's in it.

Next issue could be that you really don't have enough space between the strike and the handset bolt, you can cure this in one of two ways, check that the bolt and handset are operating properly, replace if necessary, and/or set the strike plate slightly deeper. If the bolt is not landing in the middle of the strike, so that it's too high/low and not engaging the strike, you can file the opening in the strike to accommodate minor misalignment. For larger strike alignment issues, you'd have to relocate the strike or get a larger one with a larger hole.

You might want to take a few pictures of both the hinge side and strike alignment. You will have to post them to a hosting site, then link them here.

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