What's the best way to fix an exterior door that won't close all the way? Currently it closes ~99%, but I have to push the door to make it fully shut. The deadbolt won't easily slide in or out, and often catches.
That is - the 'neutral' sitting position of the door is just a bit short of being actually flush. This means to open or close the deadbolt I have to push or pull on the door to make it flush, then move the deadbolt.
On this particular door I installed a set of Door Armor - which seems like obvious culprit. Part of the set goes on the lock side - extra metal brackets that wrap around the latch and deadbolt. This actually seems fine - I had to chisel down a notch in the door so the metal would fit flush and nothing stuck out. But that is done. The other part of the set is metal plates that fit inbetween the hinges. The idea is to spread out the weight of a blow against the door. But the hinges now have a noticible gap from the metal plate being wedged between them.
middle hinge (link to full size pic) - has the metal plate installed. This forces space between the hinges. Terrible idea? Obvious reason why this door would never sit flush?
top hinge (link to full size pic) - no metal plate here. The plates on the bottom and middle hinges force the top hinge to have this gap. Is that bad?
Seems like this metal gap is the obvious problem, and I may have to just get rid of it? I want to see if there is anything else I can try, as it would be nice to have the reinforced door.
I replaced all of the original short screws in the door and wall with 3.5" screws. I was hoping that by tightening all of the hinge and door screws it would help to pull the door closer and close flush. The screws are partially threaded screws, so I may try using fully threaded screws and see if that can pull the door closer.
I have tried researching and making several adjustments to fix the door and make it flush, but no luck.
Any suggestions? Or what am I not understanding about how doors hang that would make this not sit flush?