How To Adjust Garden Doors (Easy Way)

If you’ve ever felt frustrated or embarrassed by your patio doors, you’re not alone. But don’t worry! You can get your door working smoothly again with a few simple adjustments. 

Whether it’s sticking, squeaking or won’t stay open, here are some easy fixes for common problems that will help ensure your doors operate efficiently:

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Key Takeaways
Adjusting doors and windows is an important maintenance task that can help improve their function and longevity.
The process for adjusting doors and windows will vary depending on the type of product and the specific issue, so it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
Common issues that can be fixed with adjusting doors and windows include sticking, sagging, or misaligned doors, gaps between the door and the frame, and drafts.
Adjusting doors and windows can help improve energy efficiency and prevent damage to your home.
Always use caution when working with doors and windows, and if you are unsure about the process, consider hiring a professional to help.

Step 1 – Examine The Door

The first step to adjusting your garden door is to look for signs of wear and tear. Check the hinges and door frame for any damage, such as cracks or dents that could be causing problems with opening or closing. 

You may also want to check that it closes properly, or that it locks securely when closed.

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Step 2 – Tension The Door Closer

Tension the door closer. This will make sure that it is set correctly and pulling its share of the load.

Adjusting a door closer can be done by moving the tension spring. This does not have to be done very often, but if you notice that your door is closing slowly or unevenly, then it might be time for an adjustment.

To adjust a tension spring: Loosen off the screw on top of your door closer (or pull down on its handle), then release some of the tension by moving away from its current position while holding onto one end of it with both hands (this will allow more room for movement). 

You may need someone else’s help with this part because there are two springs working simultaneously against each other one on top and one underneath where they meet in order for everything to work properly! 

Once you’ve loosened up some space between them so they aren’t fighting each other anymore then pull gently until there’s enough room between them that would let gravity take over without slowing down too much when closing doors again.”

Tensioning Door Closers

1. Identify the adjustment screw on the door closer. Check the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure you’re adjusting the right screw.
2. Use an appropriately sized screwdriver to turn the adjustment screw clockwise.Start with small adjustments and test your door after each one.
3. Test the door frequently to make sure the tension is appropriate.If the door is closing too slowly, increase the tension. If it’s slamming shut, decrease the tension.
4. Adjust the speed and latch controls on the door closer to fine-tune its performance, if applicable.Refer to your manufacturer’s instructions for guidance on any additional adjustments that may be needed.
5. If you’re having trouble tensioning the door closer, consider seeking professional help.A locksmith or door installer can help you diagnose and correct any issues with your door closer.

This table provides a step-by-step guide for tensioning a door closer, as well as some tips to keep in mind while performing this task.

Step 3 – Check The Door Latch

If you’ve done the steps above and your door still doesn’t close properly, it’s time to check the latch. The latch is a small piece of metal that allows you to lock or unlock the door by depressing it with a pin. 

First, make sure the pins on your door are aligned properly. You may need to adjust them slightly so they have less friction and will move smoothly in their sockets if they’re not moving freely. 

Also check that your lock and hinge are working properly by trying out different combinations of locking and unlocking them until you find one that works well for you.

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Step 4 – Assess The Door Frame

Before you begin installing your new garden door, it is important to assess your current door frame.

  • Check for signs of damage. If there are any cracks or broken areas in the frame, they should be repaired before continuing.
  • Make sure that the frame is level. If it isn’t, you can use shims underneath to level it out and then secure it with wood screws or liquid nails adhesive (if using wood screws).
  • Check for signs of rot or termites by pulling back any decayed wood and looking at the supporting cross pieces behind it.

Step 5 – Inspect The Hinges

Check for rust, corrosion and wear. You may need to replace the hinges if they are rusted or corroded.

Check for alignment. If your door doesn’t swing smoothly, it’s a good idea to check that the hinges are in proper alignment with each other and with the door frame (it should be 90 degrees on both sides).

Check for loose mounting screws. If you have an older home with wooden doors and frames, there’s a chance that some of your screws might have come loose over time so check them all! If any of yours were loose before you started this project, you’ll want to tighten them now so everything stays together nicely when we hang up our new door later on in this process. 

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Step 6 – Check The Strike Plate

Now that your door is in the correct position and perfectly level, you’ll want to check for the amount of gap between it and the frame. 

This will ensure that when you close your door, there is enough clearance for you to lock it. In order to do this, take a look at the strike plate the metal plate that holds your latch bolt in place (see above). The gap between this plate and your door should be roughly 1/8″ (0.125″).

For most doors, there will be an adjustment screw on either side of this plate; these are used to level out its position with respect to your frame. 

If necessary, adjust these screws until they’re even with each other; then tighten them down firmly so they stay put!

Strike Plate Check Table

The door is difficult to close or the latch won’t catch properlyCheck that the strike plate is properly aligned with the latch on the door. If it’s not, use a screwdriver to adjust the screws holding the strike plate in place.
The door swings open on its ownCheck that the strike plate is properly seated in the jamb and that the screws holding it in place are tight. If the strike plate is loose, tighten the screws or add longer screws to secure it more firmly.
The door is loose in the frame or has gapsCheck that the strike plate is properly seated in the jamb and that the screws holding it in place are tight. If the strike plate is loose, tighten the screws or add longer screws to secure it more firmly.
The latch is sticking or jammingCheck that the strike plate is properly aligned with the latch on the door. If it’s not, use a screwdriver to adjust the screws holding the strike plate in place. You may also need to file or sand the latch or the strike plate to make them fit together more smoothly.

This table provides some common symptoms related to strike plate issues and the solutions to fix them.

Step 7 – Check The Door Lock

While you’re at it, check the door lock to make sure it’s working properly. The strike plate should be flush with the door frame, and if there is any gap, use caulk to fill it in and make sure that your home is protected from intruders.

Finally, inspect all of the hinges and make sure they’re tight. If one of them appears loose or damaged in any way, fix it before closing your doors for good!

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Step 8 – Adjust A Flush Bolt Set

  • If you have a flush bolt set, adjust the latch bolt by inserting a screwdriver into the gap between the door and frame. This will lift up on the latch so it no longer makes contact with your strike plate.
  • Now that your latch is raised, adjust your strike plate so that it matches up with where the latch is currently hitting it.
  • Now that everything is lined up, test to make sure they are working properly by closing and opening your door again!

Step 9 – Adjust A Storm Door Closer Bracket

The closer bracket is the part of your door closer that attaches to the door frame. If you’re having trouble with your door closing evenly, or swinging too far open, you can use an adjustable wrench or pliers to move this piece up or down slightly on either side as needed. This will allow for some fine-tuning of where and how far it closes.

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Step 10 – Adjust A Mortise Thumb-Turn Cylinder Spindle Hole

In this step, you will use a drill to enlarge the hole in the thumb-turn cylinder spindle.

As you can see from the image below, this step requires you to remove the thumb-turn cylinder spindle from its position on your door. 

If you are having trouble removing it, try using a screwdriver to loosen it before attempting to pull it out with your hands.

Once you have removed the old spindle and placed a new one into place, align it with its original position and reattach using screws provided in all of our kits (or screws of your own).

Step 11 – Adjust Interconnected Doorknob Latch Bolts

The next step is to adjust the connected doorknob latch bolts. You can do this by moving them closer to or further away from each other. 

This will change how far the door opens, and you may need to make adjustments until you find a happy medium that works for your home.

If you’re using a lock on one of your interior doors, you’ll also want to make sure that there is enough space between that lock and its strike plate (the little metal plate on the wall). If it’s too close, then it won’t work properly!

Step 12 – Adjust An Automatic Door Bottom (Drop Seal)

You can also adjust the bottom seal on an automatic door. This will depend on the type of door you have, so check your manual for instructions specific to your model.

In most cases, you’ll find a small black screw near or at the bottom of the door that can be turned in either direction to adjust how far down it closes. 

Turn this screw clockwise if you want more distance between when your door closes and when it stops moving (so it takes longer for it to close), and turn it counterclockwise if you want less distance between when your door closes and stops moving (so it takes shorter time for it to close).

When finished adjusting, test your new setting by closing and reopening several times with one hand while holding onto something stationary with another hand (like a cabinet handle).

Step 13 – Replace A Mortise Lock-Set Turn Lever Latch Retainer Bearing Plate

Remove the old latch. Unscrew and remove the old latch from its mounting plate with a Phillips screwdriver, taking care not to damage either the door or the wall behind it.

Install the new latch. Insert your new mortise lock-set turn lever latch retainer bearing plate in place, with all screws facing outward as in Step 2 above. Using a Philips screwdriver, fasten each of these screws firmly into place without over-tightening them (this may require two people).

Tighten all screws after checking operation of new latch. Check that your door can open and close freely now that you have replaced your lock set with a brand new one!

Step 14 – Replace A Storm Door Lock Set Cam Screw

In order to adjust your door, you’ll need to make sure that the cam screw is properly tightened. Unfortunately, this can be tricky if it’s not in good condition. Here are some tips for replacing the cam screw:

Remove the old cam screw. To remove an old cam screw, use a flat head screwdriver and turn counterclockwise until it comes out of its slot in the door frame.

Install a new one if necessary; check for proper operation after installation completes (see below). 

If you don’t want to replace your entire lock set cam screw but want something more secure than what you currently have installed on your storm doors or patio doors, then you’ll need to do some research before making any purchases so that they fit properly with whatever type of hardware or lockset system happens

Step 15 – Adjust Push/Pull Latches On Storm Doors And Screen Doors

Push/pull latches are one of the most common types of door hardware. They’re used on storm doors and screen doors, and they consist of two parts: the latch and striker plate. 

The latch is what catches onto the striker plate when you close your door. Most push/pull latches will have a handle with a plastic piece attached to it that can be pulled down or pushed up in order to open or close your door.


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Take them apart and clean them thoroughly before reassembling. Check that there are no obstructions blocking the wheels or tracks, so that they move freely when you try to open them manually by hand. 

Check if any of the hinges need oiling; if so, use an appropriate lubricant such as WD40 and apply it from inside outwards towards where they meet each other when closed up tightly. 

Take care not over lubricate anything because excess oil will just make things worse by slowing down movement further than necessary – which could result in needing replacement parts!

Further Reading

If you want to learn more about adjusting doors and windows, you may find these articles helpful:

Instructions for Adjusting Patio Doors: This article provides detailed instructions for adjusting patio doors, including sliding, folding, and French doors.

How to Adjust UPVC Door Hinges: This article explains how to adjust the hinges on a UPVC door to fix common issues like a door not closing properly or rubbing against the frame.

How to Adjust a uPVC Door: This wikiHow article provides step-by-step instructions with illustrations for adjusting a uPVC door.


How do I know if my door needs adjusting?

There are several signs that your door might need adjusting, such as difficulty opening or closing it, a draft coming through the gaps, or visible gaps between the door and the frame.

How can I adjust my door’s hinges?

To adjust a door’s hinges, you will need to use a screwdriver to loosen or tighten the screws holding the hinge in place. This will allow you to move the door up, down, left or right to adjust its position within the frame.

How do I fix a sagging door?

If your door is sagging and not closing properly, you may need to adjust the hinges to reposition the door within the frame. Alternatively, you can add shims to the bottom hinge to lift the door up.

How do I adjust a sliding door?

To adjust a sliding door, you will need to adjust the rollers on the bottom of the door. This will either require adjusting a screw on the roller itself or adjusting a screw on the bottom of the door.

How do I fix gaps around my door?

Gaps around a door can be caused by several factors, including a sagging or misaligned frame, and can lead to drafts and energy loss. To fix gaps, you may need to adjust the hinges, or add weatherstripping or a door sweep to the bottom of the door.