door arm loose

i need to fix door arm getting lose and the screw getting last.
do u think lock smith can help this issue?
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Hiroyuki TamuraField EngineerAsked:
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andyalderCommented:
Take the screws out, move the the thing 1 inch to the right and screw it in again. Depends if it's a hollow door at that point though, if so you may need a carpenter (not a locksmith) to take the door off and fill in the top of the door to make it solid at that point.
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Hiroyuki TamuraField EngineerAuthor Commented:
thank you.
the screw getting loose is this;
this screw doesn't get tight anymore...
anything i can do?
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andyalderCommented:
Oh, that's more serious, all the torque is at that joint, you can see metal fatigue on the arm joint as well. Probably cheaper to buy a new door closer of the same make and screw it into the old holes.
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jamietonerCommented:
Have you tried locktite? As long as there are still some threads left locktite should hold it.
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RDAdamsCommented:
Yes a locksmith should be able to repair this.  It may need a new part that the screw enters or it could be repaired with liquid metal which hardens into a solid over a few hours.
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andyalderCommented:
Well, it's your money but a locksmith may charge up to $100 per hour and you can buy a new door closer for less than that depending on the weight of the door. I still think the door mount needs moving since the arm normally sits at right-angles to the door when closed, that may be why the metal has bent.
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woodendudeCommented:
Before you call anyone I'd suggest you remove the screw in question and see if it's the recieving threads that are stripped or the screw threads. If it's the screw threads take it to a local hardware store and buy a  replacement screw for probably under a dollar. If the recieving threads your best bet a smentioned here already is a replacement dorr closer.
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woodendudeCommented:
Before you call anyone I'd suggest you remove the screw in question and see if it's the recieving threads that are stripped or the screw threads. If it's the screw threads take it to a local hardware store and buy a  replacement screw for probably under a dollar. If the recieving threads your best bet a smentioned here already is a replacement dorr closer.
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thx2-netCommented:
Save yourself some time and just get some JB Weld. http://jbweld.net/products/jbweld.php - I use this for anything metal. I've even repaired an automotive head after overheading with this and ran it another 10,000 miles before it blew.

If JB Weld doesn't fix it, you should just call the manufacturer (if you don't see name or phone # on it, see if part # is on that decal and Google it). Try to get an exact replacement so the mounts will be in the same place and the swap will be a piece of cake.

But honestly if you get some JB Weld and put some in the hole and/or on the screw (carefully - so as not to interfere with the mechanism) it should work fine for a while.
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