doors and latch will not catch


Old 03-27-00, 07:03 PM
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I have been struggling with what i thought would be a routine job changing bedroom handle and lock set. the problem is that the lock will not catch and I am afraid that i have now chiseled away too much wood and patched it with wood putty and the lock still does not catch. it seems like the lock will just not hold. i am about ready to call a professional but really feel embarrassed to do so and this is my last resort. ps i relate best to simple explanations.

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Old 03-27-00, 07:29 PM
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Is it not catching because of being too high or low? Maybe it does not travel far enough back to catch?

It sound like you have been working on the earlier given the wood removal.

If it is the latter, before you call a pro, you can move the door stop back if necessary.

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Old 03-28-00, 10:17 AM
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Hi, more than a carpenter is right mark the door where the striker hits the strike plate to see if it is in line with the hole if not check the hanging of the door and move if nessesary, but rather than move the rebate stop on the door if the latch does line up, just move the strike plate ie the part that the door lock catches in on the main frame, move it outwards, I hope this helps a little Handyman

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Old 03-28-00, 11:10 AM
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If all of the above doesn't quite do it, and it's just a hair off, you can enlarge the hole in the strike plate with a small flat file just enough for the latch to clear, also. Good Luck!

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