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Old 01-13-11, 01:50 PM
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The Hole is too big

I have a door between my laudry room and garage. Well where the strike plate used to screw in, will not anymore. It must have been moved too many times by previoius owners and now there is just one big hole. Is there some type of filler I can get then just re-drill the hole for the door latch and strike plate?
 
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Fill the hole with whatever fits best - golf tee, wood dowel,... - glue it in and cut it off flush (may need to drill the hole out a bit to fit the dowel or other plug). Then you can drill a new hole and start over.
 
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The area is about the size of 3 quarters stacked on top of each other. There is no little hole. Would some type of sawdust/wood glue work ?
 
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The bigger the hole, the bigger the plug you'll need - might take a couple dowels or a piece of dimensional lumber cut down a bit depending on size and shape

As big as this sounds, I wouldn't use anything which wasn't solid to begin with, like sawdust
 
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Cutting and shaping to fit a piece of would as has been suggested is best. However as a quick fix you could try Bondo or Snow White auto body filler. No guarantee.
 
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Go to your nearest locksmith shop and ask for a "ASA 4-7/8" long strike plate for cylindrical locks" ....If they do any commercial work they'll probably have a bunch of left over from install jobs.
The most common finish is brushed chrome, if you're not picky, and most smithies will just give you one....don't pay more than $2 or $3, tho....most places throw them out after accumulating several dozen.

Screw centers are at 4-1/8". If this is still not tall enuf to cover the botched up hole, the smithy can show you a selection of so-called "security strikes", which are considerably taller than 4-7/8", tho the price will be more than a few bucks.
 
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Originally Posted by rstripe View Post
Go to your nearest locksmith shop and ask for a "ASA 4-7/8" long strike plate for cylindrical locks" ....If they do any commercial work they'll probably have a bunch of left over from install jobs.
The most common finish is brushed chrome, if you're not picky, and most smithies will just give you one....don't pay more than $2 or $3, tho....most places throw them out after accumulating several dozen.

Screw centers are at 4-1/8". If this is still not tall enuf to cover the botched up hole, the smithy can show you a selection of so-called "security strikes", which are considerably taller than 4-7/8", tho the price will be more than a few bucks.
On the money again. If you want to be more secure and prevent door kick in at the same time, consider a Strikemaster II Pro.
 
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