Forum Title: Exterior door installation problem
I just intalled a steel Reliabuilt door from Lowes today and am having a problem with it locking. The locks are hitting a little low and I can get them to set by lifting up a bit but obviously want to get this right. Everything is plum and level but the gap at the top is just a hair wider on the lock side. Any hints on how to recitfy this problem? Thanks
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: RONALD LOPEZ (Round Rock, TX), 01/18/2019

You would need to buy an outswing door, should have them where you bought that one. You may want to check building code though...seems I remember the door needs to be an inswing door..not sure, just something to check on.

- Dustin Darton (West Palm Beach, FL), 02/10/2019

My first guess would the that the door is not sitting level, and that the hinge side jamb needs to be pryed up. Not questioning your ability to tell what level is, but many levels aren't accurate to begin with, so often it's more about the level itself than your ability to read it. Try setting the level on the sill... then turn it 180 degrees and see if it reads the same. If it does, then it's level. If not, and you can still insert a shim under the hinge side jamb, try that. It will raise the door enough that it should latch. Another thing that will raise the door slightly at the latch is to replace one of the top hinge screws with a long 3 screw that will draw it tighter to the stud. The jamb may be plumb, but the weight of the door can cause it to sag slightly. The long screw will raise the latch side of the door, but will also increase the gap between the door and the jamb near the top. It could also be a combination of the two.

- JENNY NAVARRO (Laguna Niguel, CA), 03/03/2019

Quote: Originally Posted by baker545 The locks are hitting a little low and I can get them to set by lifting up a bit but obviously want to get this right. the gap at the top is just a hair wider on the lock side. Any hints on how to recitfy this problem? Thanks Sure no problem. First of all forget the level thing here no need at this point. A door only needs to be parallel to its frame to work. I need you to look down at the top of the hinge. There are 7 ways to shim a single hinge. This would really work better if you had an old hinge and laid that up against a board looking straight down on it. 1. If you shim the ( jamb side) of the hinge leaf the width of the hinge the whole hinge moves out which moves the whole barrel of the hinge out and the door from the hinge. 2. If you half shim the leaf ( jamb side) closest to the barrel you move the door away from jamb and change the swing angle for an off set jamb to jamb. 3. If you full shim that leaf furthest from the barrel the hinge leaf barrel moves closer to the jamb you move the whole door towards the jamb. 4. If you half shim that hinge leaf on the (door edge) side close to the barrel the door moves towards the jamb. 5. If you half shim that same leaf furthest from the barrel then the door moves away from that Jamb. 6 If you full shim both sides of the leaf then the hinge and door moves away from the jamb a lot. SO theres 6 ways to shim one hinge. and 6 for the bottom hinge. Thats 12 ways for two hinges. 7. Is to shim top and bottom hinges to show a good parallel to hinge side of jamb and header and strike/lock side. Now it basically square you can add more shims equally if you need to move the whole door over to strike jamb When I say jamb thats still om the hinge jamb only. So simply put, to raise a door latch/knob shim the bottom hinge. To lower shim top hinge Shimming a door is becoming a lost art. Do it for a living

- JOHNNIE CHANDLER (Surprise, AZ), 02/10/2019

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