Fixing a Rattling Latch So Your Door Doesn’t Shake


If you’ve noticed that your door is moving when you open or close it, or if it’s squeaking when you walk by it, then your door latch might be loose. This can cause all sorts of problems for your home and its inhabitants—especially if someone falls down the stairs! It’s important to get this fixed quickly so that no one gets hurt (or worse).

In this article, we will learn how to fix a rattling latch to protect your door from shaking.

(NOTE: Proceed with these tips only if you are confident enough to take on the job as well as have some familiarity with the tools. Otherwise, make sure to call the professional.)

What you’ll need

You’ll need the following tools:

  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Pliers (optional)

You can also use a door jamb repair kit to make sure that your door latch is in good shape. This is especially important if you have pets or children who might be tempted to play with it.

Loosen the Strike Plate Screws

  • Remove the door from its hinges, then remove all of the screws holding it in place.
  • Check for damage to the strike plate and its mounting holes, which will be visible once you’ve removed the door from its hinges. If there is any significant damage here, replace it with a new one before moving on to step 3 below; otherwise proceed with removing any loose screws and replacing them if necessary (in our case we had two large ones that needed replacing).

Check for Stripped Screw Holes

The first thing you should do is check the doorjamb (the frame around the door) for any stripped screw holes. This can be a sign that your latch has become loose and is causing your door to shake, so it’s important to repair this before moving on with other repairs.

  • Check all of your screws holding together this part of your home—they are likely in bad shape if they have been stripped by moisture or weathering over time. If you find any stripped screw holes in these areas, use a Phillips screwdriver and carefully remove them with an allen wrench attached to it so as not to damage anything else while doing so!

Fix Looseness in the Doorjamb

If you have a loose door, it’s likely that the jamb is loose. This can happen because of wear and tear, but also because of weather conditions such as rain or high humidity. If there is damage to your doorjamb and you want to fix the issue yourself, follow these steps:

  • First remove any hardware from the doorjamb that may be keeping it from moving freely. You can do this by unscrewing screws or using pliers if necessary (be careful not to damage any surfaces). Once everything is removed, check each screw carefully for signs of wear or corrosion; if there are none present then move onto step two!
  • Use an Allen wrench or other tool with long enough handles so that they don’t get stuck behind any parts when tightening them back up again afterwards!


If your door doesn’t have a problem, but it’s still not closing properly, then you may have a loose door latch or strike plate. This is often caused by:

  • The doorjamb being loose.
  • The strike plate being loose and rattling around inside the frame of your home.
  • Stripped screws holding the pins in place on both sides of the door frame (and maybe even more than two).

Know When to Leave it to the Expert:

It’s great if you can fix the door on your own. But make sure to call a professional if that is beyond your DIY expertise. Otherwise, you could end up making the things complicated. Also, you need a professional if the things are still not fixed. May be you forget to address the things that are only meant to be handled by a door professional.

At Hays NYC, we offer you the skilled carpentry services to fix your door issues and other related concern timely and efficiently. 

The Conclusion

The most important thing to remember is that you should always be gentle when you’re working on a door. The metal parts of your door will be very expensive, so they need to be taken care of with respect and care. You don’t want anything coming loose or breaking while you’re fixing it up! Like we have said, call a professional if the things seem complicated.

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