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Old 12-08-2014, 06:01 PM   #241
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Old 12-08-2014, 06:30 PM   #242
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Old 12-11-2014, 12:08 PM   #243
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I have no idea how or why this happened. My bathroom door latch stopped catching. Did the door shrink and pull away? Did the framing contract? In any case the spring latch on the door no longer nested into its home on the wall. What a difference a centimeter makes.

Simplest solution: unscrew home base as seen here, add a wood shim to bring it closer to its springed thingo mate on the door.
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:33 PM   #244
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I had the same thing happen to mine. It has been fine for a couple of years with a shim...
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Old 12-11-2014, 02:43 PM   #245
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I have no idea how or why this happened. My bathroom door latch stopped catching. Did the door shrink and pull away? Did the framing contract? .
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My guess is a little both shrinking and contracting . Isn't it amazing what it takes to keep a trailer well tuned.
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:03 PM   #246
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The problem is in the hinge being a little weak for the door weight. When it gets very slightly tweeked the door changes position. It can also be tweeked back into position so the door latches correctly again.
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Old 12-11-2014, 03:37 PM   #247
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The problem is in the hinge being a little weak for the door weight.
The problem also is that it's not really designed to be a door hinge. It's a cabinet door hinge. On my long list to to-do's is to replace it with a more suitable hinge, one that allows the door to open 180*. Haven't found a commercial one yet so I might have to fabricate some. Or alternatively, just make a new raised panel door that recesses into the door jamb and uses conventional hinges.

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Old 12-11-2014, 04:16 PM   #248
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I would like to replace mine, too.

Any of these work?
RPC 375 Commercial 13.5mm Heavy Duty Hinges - Woodworker's Hardware
Interior Door Pivots - Pivot Hinges - Pivot Sets | HardwareSource.com
Pivot Hinges - Grainger Industrial Supply
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Just went out there to tweak. Couldn't do it.
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Old 12-11-2014, 05:38 PM   #250
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Just went out there to tweak. Couldn't do it.
Use a bigger hammer Did you take a close look at the hinges? They deform really easily and could cause the symptoms you described.

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