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Screen Door not closing

  1. Jun 11, 2005 #1
    I just installed a screen door. With the glass in the screen, I noticed that if I close the main entry door prior to the screen door being shut, the screen door will not close all the way and hit the latch.

    If I try to close the screen door with the main door open the screen closes perfectly.

    Yet, when I move the screen glass to expose some of the screen, the screen door closes perfectly.
    Can someone explain what is going on

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  3. Jun 11, 2005 #2


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    Sounds like the fit between the screen door and frame is nice and tight. You are trapping air between the door and screen door (perhaps storm door is closer). The trapped air slows the closing of the screen door so it does not have sufficient speed to activate the latch mechanism. If the door or screen door is open the air escapes fast enough that the screen door closes fast enough to get past the latch.
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