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Latch won't catch

caromarsh's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2010
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10-17-10, 12:42 PM   #1  
Latch won't catch

I just replaced a regular Schlage lock with a privacy lock. It's the same lock exactly, save for the privacy feature, but in the one I just installed the latch won't catch on the strike plate. Can the latch be adjusted? Thanks.

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Rick Johnston's Avatar

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10-18-10, 04:17 PM   #2  
Welcome to the forums.

It's a whole lot easier to build out the strike plate. Put some shims behind it or use washers as spacers between the plate and the screw holes.

The latch depth is usually a pain to adjust. You may have to take everything apart and move the entire lock mechanism. It may require re-drilling and filling the mounting surface, then sanding and refinishing so everything matches.

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