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How To Adjust A Door Latch

Do you ever find yourself having to adjust a door latch on a regular basis? If so, it’s probably because the latch is not functioning properly. Fortunately, adjusting a door latch is not too difficult if you know how. In this blog post, we will show you how to adjust a door latch without any fuss.

What You’ll Need

-A screwdriver
-Needle nose pliers
-Wire cutters
-Jigsaw or circular saw
-Plywood or wood panel, 1×6 inches (2.5×15 centimeters)
-Drill and bit set for 13/16 inch hole
-Electrical drill with appropriate bits
-Tape measure

How to Adjust A Door Latch

If your door latch is not functioning properly, there are a few simple steps you can take to adjust it. To begin with, remove the door handle and hinges from the door. Next, look for the latch mechanism on either side of the door. On most doors, these mechanisms will be on the inside of the door near the hinges. Use a Phillips screwdriver to loosen or tighten the screws that hold the latch mechanism in place. Be sure to do this in a clockwise or counterclockwise direction according to how the screws are labeled. Once you’ve adjusted the screws, reattach the handle and hinges and test out your new latch by closing and opening the door.


Adjusting a door latch is an easy task that can be done on your own. Follow these steps to adjust the latch on your door:

1. Open the door and remove the catch.
2. Place a straight edge against the doorjamb and adjust the latches so that it rests against the edge.
3. Close the door and test to make sure that it moves freely in both directions. If not, continue adjusting latches until it does.
4. Reinstall the catch and enjoy your newly adjusted latch!