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Old 10-22-2010, 02:44 PM   #1
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I'd like to replace my front exterior door handle. The strike plate to the new door handle is bigger. The door is metal. How to I carve a new area for the new strike plate? Also I'm going to use a different set up for a dead bolt. My current door jam has a big cut out where the old door jam was. Is there a product that I can fit into this large space or should I just replace the jam?

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I'd like to replace my front exterior door handle. The strike plate to the new door handle is bigger. The door is metal. How to I carve a new area for the new strike plate? Also I'm going to use a different set up for a dead bolt. My current door jam has a big cut out where the old door jam was. Is there a product that I can fit into this large space or should I just replace the jam?
pictures would def help in this situation.

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I'd like to replace my front exterior door handle. The strike plate to the new door handle is bigger. The door is metal. How to I carve a new area for the new strike plate? Also I'm going to use a different set up for a dead bolt. My current door jam has a big cut out where the old door jam was. Is there a product that I can fit into this large space or should I just replace the jam?
pictures would def help in this situation.

I think you have your terms mixed up here as well. The strike plate goes on the jamb not the door.
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but to address the underlying question: you may not be able to use the new handle with the larger plate. There is often nothing behind the door edge that would allow you to use a latch with a larger plate. It could entail cutting a larger hole and welding in a backing plate for the plate. Without seeing it, it is hard to say what you might have to do.

on the jamb; do you need a hole to remain for the deadbolt? If so, you would probably have to weld a filler plate in and drill a new hole.
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You're right...my strike plate for the door knob fits fine on the wood door jam. But, I need to cut out the area for the new latch bolt.
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there is a good possibility this is going to be a lot of work. When steel jambs are made, they weld a backer that overhangs the opening for the plate to screw to. If you need to cut bigger than that backer, you will have to weld in a new backer piece. Also, cutting just the surface of the door jamb and not cutting the backer is very difficult.



can you post pics? It would help a lot.
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I got lucky...there was only a small layer of steel on the front and back of the door, as well as the sides. I used a dremel tool to cut out the steel and then was able to cut into the wood! TGIF!

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