Carpentry & Joinery Question

Front door 'baggy'

The building where my workshop is has a tall Victorian double front door (we only use one half, the other is bolted top and bottom). Some while back, a drunk burst it open. Since then, there has been play of about an inch on the door. When someone locked the door from the inside and I couldn't get in, I was able to bump it open with alarming ease.

Can you advise what needs to be done to make it secure, and what this is likely to cost? I'm thinking of paying for it myself, as my landlord doesn't seem to see the problem.

EDIT: Thanks for the info, CCHI. I've tightened the screws holding the surface mounted latch (they were very loose), and noticed the bolt on the top of the unused door was undone, so did that up. The timbers of the door are fine. The door now has less give to it.

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It sound like they have forced the lock open and it's now out of place, really without seeing the door and taking a look at it, it's hard to say what it will need, it could be that with the force the door was opens with the fixings the lock was held in position with have now loosened to the extent that a light nudge will now push the lock out of position allowing the door to open again, this would typically be the case with a surface mounted latch if its a mortice lock again it would be hard to say with out taking a look but take a look for yourself and see if you can see any movement in the actuall timbers of the door when pressure is applied
Hope this helps

Not a problem glad to be of help

Answered 19th Mar 2013

Carpentry Co

Member since 12 Apr 2012

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