How can I make a bedroom door stay closed?
Nicole from Phila, PA
maybe putting small wooden shims in the doors crevises would work
Go to your local home Depot & ask them, I bet there are many solutions! But, if you're actually IN the bedroom, you could use one or 2 of those wedge shaped rubber door stoppers. They are made to hold your door opened when it's windy. They used them way back in the old days. I see them all the time at dollar stores. You get 5 in a pack for a dollar & you just wedge them under your door. Also, There is a latch that you can screw into the door jam that can be lifted & swung out to keep the door shut. This only works if your door swings one way & not the other.
If you have a "hollow core" door, you may have to reinforce it before adding any hardware. Go to a hardware store & talk to someone who "knows". Of course, there's always the trusty "Bean Bag".
OR if it's just that the door springs open because the house or mobile home has settled, then just take a piece of paper (like a long grocery receipt) or an empty match book & fold it up several times & place this in the door when it shuts. It's hard to answer your question, because It's not clear to me exactly WHAT the problem with your door is.
* We live in an older mobile home that is on ground that's settling. We always seem to have one or two doors that either pop open (when you walk by) or are hard to open because they stick, sometimes it's worse or better when the weather changes. We are reluctant to put things in front of the doors in case of fire. Is THIS your problem? A door that continually "pops" open, or do you want it to stay closed with a locking device?
we stick a hand towel in the one - close it on it? and the other one i use an old iron to hold it shut lol.
TAKE YOUR TIME TO DISCOVER THE LIKELY CAUSE.NOTICE WHETHER THE SCREWS ARE FOR A FLATHEAD OR FOR A PHILLIPS' HEAD SCREWDRIVER, LIKELY THE ONLY TOOL YOU WILL NEED.
LOOK AT THE CEILING, NEARBY CORNERS. ANY CRACKS IN THE SHEETROCK? IF SO, IT'S LIKELY A GROUND SETTLING PROBLEM. IF NOT, CHECK THE OTHER THINGS LISTED.
HAS IT CLOSED OFF AND ON, OR DOES IT STAY UNCLOSEABLE FOR MONTHS/YEARS? IF IT CLOSES SOMETIMES, BUT NOT AT OTHER TIMES, IT'S LIKELY RELATED TO THE WEATHER, MATURE TREE ROOTS UNDER A SLAB FOUNDATION, OR EVEN MOISTURE CAUSING DAMAGE TO THE FLOORING, OR EVEN TERMITES/ CARPENTER ANTS IN THE WOOD FRAMING AROUND, NEAR, OR OVER THE DOOR.
BEND DOWN SO YOUR EYE IS LEVEL WITH THE TONGUE OF THE HANDLE. NOTICE IF THE TONGUE IS HIGHER THAN THE STRIKE PLATE ON THE DOOR FRAME/JAM, OR LOWER? NOTICE IF THERE IS A CRACK IN THE DOOR WHEN CLOSED THAT IS WIDER AT TOP OR BOTTOM THAN THE OTHER END? IF SO, CHECK THE HINGE SCREWS. BE CAREFUL NOT TO TAKE ALL SCREWS OUT OF EITHER HINGE AT ONCE, IF THAT SEEMS TO BE NEEDED TO READJUST THE DOOR, BECAUSE THE DOOR CAN FALL OFF THE FRAME WITH THE HINGES ATTACHED -OR- CAN CRACK THE WOOD IF NOT ALIGNED PROPERLY WHEN HANGING ONLY BY ONE HINGE.
IF DOOR IS AN INSIDE DOOR, IT IS LIKELY HOLLOW. IF A
DOOR TO THE OUTSIDE, IT IS LIKELY HEAVY AND SOLID, SO BEWARE THAT YOU WILL LIKELY NEED HELP OR COULD HURT YOURSELF.
CHECK THE SCREWS ON THE DOOR HINGES AND STRIKER PLATE. IF LOOSE, TIGHTEN.IF HIGH OR LOW FOR THE TONGUE, TRY TO ADJUST
BY LOOSENING AND LIFTING/LOWERING THEN RESCREWING OR REDRILLING. IF YOU HAVE NO DRILL, YOU CAN USE A NAIL ABOUT THE SIZE AROUND AS THE SCREW BUT DON'T DO TOO DEEP WITH THE NEW HOLE SO THAT THE SCREW HAS WOOD TO GRIP.
IF THE DOOR SEEMS CROOKED IN THE FRAME, YOU CAN ADD WHATEVER SIZE POST-IT NOTES STILL IN PAD TO BEHIND THE HINGE TO ADJUST IT INTO A STRAIGHT POSIION THAT ENABLES THE TONGUE TO GO INTO THE HOLE OF THE STRIKER PLATE. LEAVE THEM IN PLACE FOREVER UNLESS LATER ADJUSTMENT IS REQUIRES THEIR REMOVAL.
IF NOT A COMBINATION OF THESE, IT SHOULDN'T BE HARD TO REPAIR. I'M A 65 YR. OLD GRANDMOTHER, BEEN DOING SUCH THINGS FOR MOST OF MY LIFE WHILE MY HUSBAND USED TO TRAVEL IN HIS WORK AND WAS TOO TIRED TO DO ANYTHING WHEN HE CAME HOME.
GOD BLESS AND HELP YOU. : )
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