How To Fix A Rattling Door
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How To Fix A Rattling Door

DEALING WITH A RATTLING DOOR

A rattling door is usually an indication that the timber has shrunk and no longer butts tightly against the door stop. If the gap is fairly small, you may be able to solve the problem simply by sticking a length of self-adhesive draught-proofing strip between door and stop.

However, if this is not successful, you will need to move the striker plate of the door catch or lock in towards the door stop.

This should hold the door shut tightly against the stop.

How To Fix A Rattling DoorBefore you deal with the rattle, it’s worth remembering that even a badly fitting door will not rattle unless something is making it move: so if you are not aware of any external vibration — such as that caused by trains — check for draughts.

1. Begin by marking where the door meets the frame when the door is closed normally. Then hold the catch in and push the door hard against the stop. Mark where it meets the frame now.

2. Unscrew the striker plate from the door stop and move it in by the same amount as the distance between the two marks.

3. Drill a hole for the bolt of the catch or lock. Then hold the striker plate over it and mark around with a sharp knife.

4. Cut out the wood inside this line to a shallow depth using a sharp chisel so that you form a new rebate for the striker plate.

5. Screw the plate in position and fill in the old rebate with wood filler.

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