Frequently Asked Questions: Doors

1. How do I stop a rattling door?
2. How do I fit a new door into your existing jamb?
3. The label has left sticky stuff on my doors that I just purchased, how do I get it off without scratching or harming the metal door?

1. How do I stop a rattling door?

If the door rattles less than 1/8", you may be able to fix the problem simply by adjusting the tab on the bearing side of the strike plate. These metal tabs are made to take a slot screwdriver, and can be bent in and out, a little at a time until the rattling is gone. Relocating the strike plate or removing the door stop and renailing it against the closed and latched door can fix the sever rattle.

2. How do I fit a new door into your existing jamb?

Follow these steps to learn how to install new doors (that are already mortised or machined) to match your old doorjamb.

Binding:
Just because your door has been machined to match your door does not mean it will fit perfect, particularly if the old door was wood. A wood door may have warped or twisted over the years to fit the frame.

• If your door binds against the jamb after your hinges are tight and well seated, you'll have to identify the areas of interference and plane them with a sharp hand plane. Don't use a hand rasp; it is almost useless on wood.
• With the door shut, use a thin piece of cardboard and slide all around the perimeter of the door. Mark interfering areas lightly with a pencil. Plane lightly the excess.

3. The label has left sticky stuff on my doors that I just purchased, how do I get it off without scratching or harming the metal door?

Contact cement solvent or lacquer thinner can clean off sticky remnants. Be careful to have plenty air circulation. The fumes can be toxic if breathed in and flammable.