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Old 04-13-2010, 09:46 AM   #1
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Latch plate/door jamb issue

Whomever put the original latch plate in my garage door jamb must have had issues aligning it. They must have tried every possible spot, and as a result there is almost no wood to screw it into.

I had to replace it a few years ago and could barely find a place to mount it.

This winter there was a huge draft coming in, so I had to move it. I struggled to find any wood left.

As you can see, the bottom of it has broken loose. I don't think I'll be able to remount it.

Any ideas? Someone suggested a 3 inch screw that would go into the stud. Other than that - would I have to tear out the entire door jamb?


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Old 04-13-2010, 10:48 AM   #2
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Green, rather than an extra long screw that may be difficult to start at a precise point in all that mush, I would use a 1/2" dowel because the hole does not have to be exactly centered over the original screw location.

36" Dowel rods can be found at most better Hardware stores. Cut a pair of 1 or 1-1/2" plugs, Drill two 1/2" holes, with wood glue applied gently tap in the dowels until they are the same depth as the original mortise. let the glue set for at least a couple of hours before mounting the strike plate.


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Green, I think you're being a little over critical. The Stevie Wonder Construction Co. does really nice work.
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You can buy a larger strike plate at most hardware stores.
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Old 04-13-2010, 09:13 PM   #5
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fix it using the dowel method above and use screws long enough to reach the framing when you re-install
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Old 04-14-2010, 08:51 AM   #6
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First--Thanks for the pic, if more posters did this they would get the better replies as you are doing. Now, settle down, it's not that bad. Go get a cup of coffee, a soft drink, whatever. Sit and read Bob's post three times. Read Kevin's post also. IF you have a wood chisel, you're going to need one for this anyway to mortise in the new latch plate, I would chisel out the damaged wood until I had a nice, rectangular shaped place where all that wood is damaged. Do drill out the bad screw holes and fill with dowel rod glued in. Fit a piece of wood into the area chiseled out, glue it in, and let everything dry. Come back and sand this down so everything is nice and flat. Using an oversized latch plate is a good idea, to me, on a repair job. Mortise in for the new latch plate, making sure it aligns with the door strike. Once it fits really good, mark for the screws. Pre-drill for the screws so as not to split the wood and do use long screw to get into the framing behind the door jamb. Once you have everything fitted, the screw holes pre-drilled, then paint to match. When the paint has dried sufficiently, attach the latch plate using the long screws and brag on your handy-work. Good Luck, David


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