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How to fix a Bathroom Door that Will Not Latch

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    • Check for any screws that may have become loose over time in your door hinges.

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    • If you found any loose screws on the door hinge, use your screwdriver to tighten them.

    • To make this easier, you can slightly lift your door while screwing the screws.

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    • Examine the faceplate, checking for any loose screws like you did with your door hinges.

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    • Use your screwdriver to tighten any loose screws found on the face plate.

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    • This is your strike plate. Take a look to see if it has shifted, and in what direction it shifted.

    • In the photo provided you can tell my plate has been shifted downwards.

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    • Use an electric power drill to remove the screws from your strike plate.

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    • Make a line on the wall where you will be moving your strike plate. Use something that you will be able to remove, such as a pencil.

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    • Using the wood chisel, chisel out the wood above the line to make space for the new placement of the strike plate.

    • An easy way to do this is to tap the end of the chisel with a hammer.

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    • Take as many toothpicks you will need to fill up the holes that were created for the previous screw holes, and dip them into the Elmer's glue.

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    • Place the toothpicks into the openings. By doing this, you are preventing your new screws from falling back into the old spot causing the door to be re-positioned again.

    • Let the toothpicks sit for about 10 minutes

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    • Place the strike plate in its new position.

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    • Using an electric drill, screw your strike plate into the wall.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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