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Newbie needs help in filling old mortise strike plate and touchup


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09-15-16, 08:30 AM   #1  
Newbie needs help in filling old mortise strike plate and touchup

Hi everyone,

first of all, I'm glad to be part of this forum.
Excited to learn more from everyone here.

This is my first post, please bear with me.

Recently changed my old mortise to a new Digital mortise lock.

The old mortise was a lot longer than my current Digital mortise.

I filled the extra space occupied by the old mortise with pye wood filla
PYE WOODFILLA TEAK | Fillers, Putty & Waterproofing | Horme Singapore

1) The old space filled by the wood filler looks weak, and unsightly.
What can I do to improve it and level it?

2) The old space from the longer mortise strike plate - I need to fill this with something so that the bottom of my new strike plate can be secured.
It is only secured by 1 screw now.
What can I use and what should I use for strength?

Please see my attached pictures for info. Sorry but I'm not sure why they are showing up sideways.

Thank you so much in advance!
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09-15-16, 08:35 AM   #2  
I cut a piece of wood so it's a snug fit for the pocket. Then smear wood glue on the walls of the pocket and tap the wood block into place. After the glue has dried I chisel or sand down anything that might be sticking out too far.

 
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09-15-16, 09:15 AM   #3  
Paint stir sticks are often the right thickness to fill in abandoned mortises. Looks like that would require digging out the filler that was used. Otherwise neatly applying more filler and sanding it smooth is the fix.


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09-15-16, 06:12 PM   #4  
Thank you.
And after you paint over to make it the same color?

Do you secure the bottom of the strike plate to the piece of wood?

 
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09-15-16, 06:20 PM   #5  
@marksr May I ask if you are referring to using the paint stir sticks to fill in the old mortise? Or the strike plate? This technique to new to me, thank you for recommending it.

@pilot dane I don't have access to wood cutting material at home other than a hacksaw. Will have to go to a shop to ask them to cut it for me.
What kind of wood do you recommend filling it up with?

Thank you both

 
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09-16-16, 03:21 AM   #6  
The depth that a hinge or strike plate is mortised into the jamb is typically the same depth as the thickness a stir stick is. I know you are referring to the door itself but the depth should be similar.


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09-16-16, 04:25 AM   #7  
Since you already filled it with wood filler I would continue to fill it and then sand it smooth. Otherwise remove the filler and do what the guy's say.

 
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