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Door Maintenance Tips

Sticky Door Latch

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Inspect the door lock and latch. Turn the knob one way and then the other to see if the latch is sticking.


Spray silicone lubricant into the latch hole and let it sit for about 15 minutes.


Open and close the door handle to make certain the door latch is now free and working properly.


Inspect the latch strike plate to make sure it is not loose or crooked. Sometimes these plates are put on without enough wood being removed from the edge of the door so they can sit flat. This can cause the strike plate to sit too high and the door latch can get stuck or be hard to open.


Remove the latch strike plate with the screwdriver and chisel out a bit more wood, using a wood chisel. Dry-fit the latch strike plate back on until it will sit flat. Retighten the screws down. Try to open and close the door a few times to make sure it works properly.


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