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PostPosted: Mon Nov 05, 2018 7:45 pm 
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I changed door opening direction, used to open to the outside now to the inside. However, for some reason the gap between door and frame now is big such that door lock just sits on the latch and a small push door opens. Any ideas how to solve this?
I was thinking to put a thin strip of timber along the frame?!

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You could pack behind the hinges to throw the door over a couple of mm, (this will make the gap larger on the hinge side).

Also check that the latch is not binding in the case or on the striking plate and is fully out when the door is closed.

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ayjay wrote:
You could pack behind the hinges to throw the door over a couple of mm, (this will make the gap larger on the hinge side).

Assume you mean pack the hinge by the frame not the door? I chiselled the frame to fit the hinges flush to the frame, I shouldn't have, Shall I use general purpose powder filler to fill the void which will give 2mm?


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It's easier to do it on the frame.

If I know that there will be a large gap around the door I feather the hinges in - i.e. the edge of the hinge leaf furthest from the knuckle is sunk in deeper, this will throw the door over as it has the effect of opening the hinge slightly.

In your situation you can just pack behind the hinge with whatever comes to hand, thick(ish) card or old glasspaper is my favourite, cut a strip about 18mm wide the exact length of the hinge and fold it either twice or thrice (scoring with a Stanley knife will create a neat sharp edged fold), support the door with a wedge and slacken off the screws about 5mm, pull the door away from the frame and slide the packer in behind and screw the hinge back.

Do both/all the hinges and assess the situation, you may want more or less packing. There shouldn't be any need for any filler.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 9:45 am 
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yartin wrote:
Shall I use general purpose powder filler to fill the void which will give 2mm?
No[*]. If you must, use two part filler but given its price for filling in two hinges cut outs follow what ayjay says.

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[*] not many fillers will grip on wood, and a 2mm thickness of fill it will probably crumble when the hinges go on top of it.


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OchAye wrote:
yartin wrote:
Shall I use general purpose powder filler to fill the void which will give 2mm?
No[*]. If you must, use two part filler but given its price for filling in two hinges cut outs follow what ayjay says.

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[*] not many fillers will grip on wood, and a 2mm thickness of fill it will probably crumble when the hinges go on top of it.


Yes makes sense it will crumble, I have plenty of saw dust to make wood filler but will opt to the packing method.


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You could pop the architrave off and wedge the frame over.

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Three other things I'd look at:

- You could also pack out the strike plate so it's not flush to the frame, and depending on the type of strike plate, you may be able to bend it slightly to make more of a lip for the latch to bite.

- Your latch may also have worn a little short with use too. In my experience commercial grade tend to protrude a little more than the less expensive ones so might give you another mm of grip.

- Measure the frame carefully top, middle and bottom. The frame may have twisted. In which case, as someone suggested, pop off the architrave and see if you can shim it out a little.

I once replaced an internal door and it wouldn't close properly. I was livid with myself that I had left the door on end too long and it had warped. Once I'd calmed down and measured in detail, the door was perfect, but the frame had twisted. Took me a day of pulling, pushing, wedging and subtle trimming to get the door closing near perfectly.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:45 am 
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When you say you changed the way the door opens did you rechop the hinges in the other side or did you just physically turn the door around? If the latter then the increased gap is likely to be a result of any leading edge now being the wrong way round . Personally I'd go with the advice to pop off the architraves and push the frame over.


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