Setting the front door suitable: a guide

A new skin door usually has to be adjusted first before it closes properly. Often this is done by the expert who installs the door, but many a homeowner gets to work himself. Older doors can also jam over time or no longer close properly, which makes it necessary to readjust them. Adjusting a door is relatively easy.

The causes of blocked doors

It is quite normal for a new door not to fit straight away, because every structural situation is different from the other. But even house doors that previously worked very well can suddenly jam - or suddenly pull through the cracks in the door leaf.

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Why is that? Wooden doors in particular tend to warp a little over time, due to external influences such as temperature fluctuations and humidity. The wood swells or shrinks, so in the end the dimensions are no longer correct.

Other materials, such as plastic doors, are also subject to the influence of a varying ambient temperature, and the constant weathering in the outdoor area is an additional factor in house doors. The door frame is not always warp-free either, this also affects the door's ease of movement.

Different door models - different functions

There are many different door models and therefore the setting options differ from case to case. However, every front door has at least two hinges on the opposite side of the door lock. Two or three hinges are particularly common on modern exterior doors.

Each hinge has a joint, which is guided by a connecting bolt, all house doors are basically very similar. Therefore, a single user manual is usually sufficient to set all front doors.

However, if it should give unexpected problems with the adjustment of your hinges, contact the manufacturer or a specialist on site to help themselves.

This setting options are available

You can postpone your door in different directions to help you better use yourself and no more energy is lost through cracks. These possibilities are available:

  • Vertical adjustment if, for example, the ground level has increased
  • Horizontal adjustment if a heavy door leaf "supports"
  • Only sometimes possible: depth setting for narrower or less tight door frame contact

Of course, no front door can be adjusted infinitely in all directions; the scope is usually limited to a maximum of one centimeter. To adjust the hinge, turn the adjusting screws and move the door leaf at the corresponding elongated holes. Here are our instructions:

Adjust the front door correctly

  • Allen key
  • or Phillips screwdriver
  • Slotted screwdriver (medium)
  • Wooden wedges

1. Adjust the height of the door leaf

First loosen all adjustment screws that are used to adjust the vertical. Don't screw it all the way out. Put a wedge under the door leaf and bring it to exactly the right height.

Make sure that the bolt and catch are still in front of each other. If this is no longer the case, check the adjustment options in the lock area and readjust this area.

Tighten all screws again as soon as the door leaf "sits" at the correct height. If it still grinds on the floor despite the highest setting, it must be completely removed and shortened at the bottom.

2. Make horizontal adjustment

If the rubber door seal does not yet seal completely or if there is still a crack on the strike plate side, you should now adjust your front door vertically.

Set the appropriate adjusting screws either tighter or wider, depending on the problem. If it is possible that the door does not close properly (in places) due to a crooked frame, the door leaf must be removed and the frame must be underlaid with Fitschenrings.

3. Adjust the front door in depth

By adjusting the depth, you set the contact pressure of the door rubbers, thus preventing drafts from entering. Loosen the corresponding screws and press your door leaf or pull it off slightly. Then the screws are tightened again.

There is a pull at your front door? Read in the 4th. Part of our front door series on how to effectively seal the door to save energy.

Tips & Tricks If you need a lever to make adjustments, have a flat-bladed screwdriver at hand as well as possible. Only use the screwdriver in the hinge area to avoid damaging the surface of the door.