There are many different kinds of cabinet catches, but double roller catches are among the most popular since they are cheap and fairly easy to install. They’re great in areas that may need a more secure cabinet hold due to earthquakes and then can even come in handy if the spring wears out on your self-closing hinges, as they provide a cheaper alternative to replacing the hinges themselves. Here is a quick how-to for adding this hardware to your cabinets.
Step 1 – Mark Catch Location
You will want the catch to be attached to the cabinet interior, opposite the door hinges and relatively close to where the handle is located on the door (i.e., if the handle is closer to the bottom, you’ll want the catch to be too). Hold the catch where you have decided to place it, use the level to make sure it’s straight, and then use a pencil to mark the corners and/or screw holes. If you’re installing a catch on more than one cabinet at once, which is likely, make sure they line up and are consistent on each one.
Once you’ve got your markings done, remove the catch and indent the screw hole markings with an awl. This way, the screws are less likely to slip while you’re securing the catch.
Step 2 – Secure the Catch
Line your catch up with the screw holes and markings once more and insert one of the screws that came with the catch hardware. If there were none included, you will have to purchase the appropriate size on your own. Bring your hardware and talk to a local hardware store associate if you need help determining the size.
Check the catch with the level again once it has been secured with screws just to be secure it’s installed properly.
Step 3 – Mark Strike Location
Creating these marks can be rather tricky since the catch is inside the door. Try using a measuring tape to measure the exact location of where the spear strike will meet the rollers, creating a light mark on the cabinet frame in pencil that can be washed away. Then, use your ruler to transfer a marking to the door when the door is closed. This mark will serve as a guide for where the middle of your strike will be.
Place the strike over the marking, lining it up, and then mark the screw holes once more with your pencil and then your awl. Align the strike with the marks and then secure it to the door. Conduct a couple of tests with the door to ensure it functions correctly.