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Extending the retractable portion or a door latch

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Old 01-01-13, 06:40 PM
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Extending the retractable portion or a door latch

I needed to replace an interior bathroom door knob/lock. It had no door latch/bolt portion only the knob. Replacing it was easy enough only to discover that the space between the tip of the door latch (end of the bolt) and the door jamb is too large so that the bolt does not reach the stnke plate. Regardless to say it won't stay closed never mind lock. I do not want to redo the door jamb and create a more involved project. Are there latches/bolts that "extend" further then others so it would reach the strike plate?
 
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Old 01-01-13, 10:32 PM
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That sounds frustrating!

How wide is the gap between the door and the jamb on the latch side?

You can shim behind the hinge plates if you don't need to shift the door very far. You can also look for latches and locksets with a bolt that extends further. The term you're looking for is "throw."

In this example: Design House 702621 Single Sided Deadbolt with Turn Button Interior, you can see the phrase "full 1" throw" in the specifications. That's what you need to be checking for.
 
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Old 01-02-13, 04:27 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I appreciate giving me the name of the piece I was referring to. Most lock diagrams don't specifically refer to that part as the the "throw". I looked at a few hoping to use the correct term for it and couldn't find that name. That is exactly the part I was referring to. Basically I need a lockset with a longer throw so it would catch. What I was able to do is put a second strike plate beneath the existing one. Actually fits ok and extends the strike plate hole just enough so the throw now catches and the door locks. Looks ok - does not stick out too far and since I'm referring to a kids Jack & Jill Bathroom not exactly worried about high security. Thanks
 
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