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How can I cheaply keep my daughter's door closed?

We rent, so we don't want to replace the whole thing or even too much on it. What's the point if we're just leaving? And I'm pretty sure the only thing the landlord would come fix was the roof if it was on the floor! Luckily, nothing bad has broke, so it's no big deal. Kind of nice living in such a laid back place. :-)
The problem is that hinges are bent so it sags. There's no latch plate thing either. So, the door sags and the door knob thing just hits the frame, not the hole in the wall. Should we just replace the hinges and the latch plate thing on the wall? How much do those usually run?
Our dogs try going in her room to use the bathroom and we need to keep them out. Right now we have the cage/crate sitting in front of it but it's a pain to continuously move.
Any door fixing tips are much appreciated.
Feel free to ask me to clarify. Not sure how I will, but I'd try. :-)


Asked by Kiwismommy19 at 9:31 AM on Jul. 24, 2010 in Home & Garden

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Answers (6)
  • You can get a lot of help at Home Depot and Lowes too. Explain the problem to them. Take a picture if you can. They will lead you through the repair. Then talk to the landlord. GL

    Answer by elizabr at 10:51 AM on Jul. 24, 2010

  • Why wouldn't your landlord fix it? That's his responsibility.
    That aside. I don't think hinges are all that expensive and once you fix the hinges it might line up right with the latch-hole when you close it.

    Answer by jreneei at 9:38 AM on Jul. 24, 2010

  • Call a repairman & have him give you an estimate after looking at it.

    Then, call the landlord. Tell him how much it cost for that person to do it. Ask if you can pay for it to be done, will he subtract that from your rent?

    Answer by txdaniella at 9:32 AM on Jul. 24, 2010

  • Maybe replace the door with another one from another room. A room that isn’t used as much, this way no cost to you.

    Answer by musicmom08 at 9:35 AM on Jul. 24, 2010

  • why are the hinges sagging? are sure its not a foundational problem? you probably need a repairman to come look at it first, then decide what, if anything, you can cheaply do to fix it. like a pp said, if you try switching doors with another room, that could work. that will also tell you whether its the hinges/door/frame/foundation.
    aside from that, why not teach/discipline the dogs? perhaps a previous owner's pets used your dd's room as a 'relief station'..and your dogs smell it? that's why they're trying to go in there, too! can your dogs get through/over gates? if not, use them.
    i'd discipline the dogs, first and foremost. leave them outside more!

    Answer by dullscissors at 9:51 AM on Jul. 24, 2010

  • Have you looked into just tightening the screws holding the hinges with a screwdriver? If the holes are too big--caused by the door sagging, simply remove the existing screws--one at a time, and replace with larger and longer screws--that will be able to "grab" the wood n the door jamb better. You might even need to wedge a shim (thin piece of scrap wood) in the door jamb to "prop" it to level. If it's level it will open and close effortlessly, without hitting the trim.

    Hinges cost like $3-5 each, and screws are maybe 10 -15 cents each--purchased singly. Hold on to your receipts for any repairs you make, and ask the landlord to deduct those costs from your next month's rent.

    Answer by LoriKeet at 9:56 AM on Jul. 24, 2010