Is there a door or two in your home that makes annoying rattling noises when you walk past, bump into them or a nice breeze blows through the room? These rattles are caused by the door not fitting tightly against the door stop. So, what can you do to put a stop to that irritating sound?
Adjust the Door Stop
This fix is easier than it sounds. All that you will need is a block of wood, a hand towel, a hammer and 1 ¼ inch finishing nails.
- Wrap the block of wood in the hand towel. This will keep you from damaging the finish on the door frame.
- Place the wrapped block of wood against the door stop.
- Tap the wood block with the hammer to push it in the direction of the door.
- Secure the new position of the door stop by driving a finishing nail in the area that you have just tapped into place.
- Repeat this process around the perimeter of the door stop.
Bend the Plate Tang
The hardware plate can help to hold the door tightly against the door stop. If it isn't fitting properly, you can bend the tang – the little lip on the flat side of the plate. This little lip helps to hold the door tightly against the door frame.
- Remove the screws that hold the plate in place.
- Grab the lip with a pair of pliers.
- Bend the lip towards the center of the plate. (Tip: If the lip doesn't bend easily, heat it up slightly to make it more pliable. This can be done with a heat gun or hair dryer.)
- Screw the plate back into place and test the door.
Use Self-Adhesive Cabinet Dots
Self-adhesive cabinet dots are used to dampen the banging sound that kitchen cabinets make when they are closed. These dots come in various colors to match the cabinetry, so you can find dots that will match the door frame to make them nearly invisible.
These dots will help to tighten the fit of the door against the door stop and cushion the sound of the door closing and rattling. Simply remove the backing from the dots and place them along the inner edge of the door stop.
If none of these solutions fix your rattling door problem, talk with your local contractor, such as Latocha Builders & Renovations Inc, to find out what else can be done to silence your annoying rattling door.