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Old 02-08-2011, 06:19 PM   #1
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any ideas on how to repair bedroom doors that have had the door strike plates worn out, where you can't put new plate back in original place, also when closing the doors I have a significant gap , that is wider at one end, than the other, probably due to shifting, how do I correct this.

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Old 02-08-2011, 07:15 PM   #2
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Replace the doors. Jambs and all.

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I've had the same problem, but want to keep my doors. They are solid wood, not hollow. I removed the trim and basically rehung each door. I cut the bottom of any door "frame" that kept it from being square. If the strike plates didn't line up I move them using bondo to fill the gaps and dowel rods to plug the old screw holes.
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Simplest fix first. I assume the screw holes for the plate have been enlarged over time?? Drill them out with 1/4" dril, glue in 1/4" dowels, ready for new screw holes.

The house has settled over time causing doors to go out of square. What Bud said, but you can remove the trim and reset the old door frame after cutting all the nails. Otherwise, new prehung doors.
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thank you to those who replied to my issue, my one question is, removing the old trim and trying to square up the door fram be more cost effective, than buying a prehung door, I've never done this, and being that the walls are old plaster, I'm not sure how much more damage I could create are there any videos on the net to help or show how to do this
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I don't know of any videos. It's really simple, just put a framing square in each top corner of the door frame. This will let you know which side is high. I used a cheap multi-tool to trim the bottom of the high side.
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In the "How To Guide" section, on the main page, there is a thread on hanging pre-hung doors, which may answer a lot of your questions.

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