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Old 12-29-2009, 10:35 AM   #1
 
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Sometimes (especially when kids are home). They open my front door and end up opening the deadbolt then slamming the door and the deadbolt hits my door frame edge (wood) and dents it all up it looks really bad. Any idea on how I can fix this?
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Train the kids to not do this
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I have to agree with Bob's advice.
But anyway, someone posted recently looking for wider than normal strike plates. If you do a search on this site you should find it. You should be able to get a wider strike plate to cover the gouge.
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Old 12-29-2009, 10:28 PM   #4
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It's amazing how much a little dab of paint makes this look better.
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Of course I'm with Bob also. But, that aside, depending on your location-I recommend going to a local builder supply store (not a big box apron store yet), tell one of the people there what your problem is and I'll bet they will show you the larger strike plates and larger dead bolt plates. Such as firehawk suggested. I could buy them here before our last "local" home supply/builder's store went under. The big box, apron stores do sell some types of these also. I'm just not fond of their "technician-of-the-day" style of business. Good Luck, David
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Train the kids to not do this
followed closely by making them fix it.
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i have no idea how you guys think a larger strike plate will fix this problem. ????
the best way to go is find a "dead latch" bolt.
when you turn it all the way to the right, (or left) it locks in 'open' position.

here's what you want.....third one down the page....

http://www.lighthouselocksmiths.com.au/doorlocks.html

now, to fix that dent in the casement alongside the lock where it banged all that time, you'll need.....

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A wider strike plate will have the curved end protrude slightly past the trim. This will stop the deadbolt if it is left open and thus not hit and damage the trim. This might be how they think it will work. Since it will work and how it should be done all the time. After all training kids is time consuming and time is money.
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but..... when the bolt is left 'out' and it slams into the edge of the strike plate, it's still doing damage to the plate, probably dislocating the mounting screws, and likely MORE damage to the deadbolt itself. deadlatch is the way to go. worst case scenario if IT'S left open is the kids get locked outside.... heh heh

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To damage this plate you need very strong kids. Not likely to ever damage the screws which are #10 X 3" or longer. Your approach is better, but not necessarily addressing the OP issue. Why should he buy a new lock, make all new keys and so forth when the method presented here will work fine. Trust me this metal plate is stronger that the wood trim.
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sure.... i'll look for his next post.... "How to repair door where deadbolt lock burst through it from being slammed"
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sure.... i'll look for his next post.... "How to repair door where deadbolt lock burst through it from being slammed"
heh heh

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lol this is to funny. I agree with DangerMouse. Do you really want to aggravated with the slam and the door not shutting over and over. I think it would over time weaken where its screwed in. I don't know all the proper words. To me I think it needs to be fixed and then it can be done with.
I don't know if this is your problem but, I have changed a few dead bolts in my time, and they are a pain in the you know what. With some of them, many actually, if you install them with the latch (i think it's ) in, you have problems with it like your having or, not being able to lock it from the outside, but you can from the inside. I have no idea why, but if you look at the instructions it tells you I believe to have latch out. There must be a reason or it wouldn't be in the instructions.
May sound silly, but I would try that. Just take it apart, and when you put it back together try it with it out. It only takes a few min, and may save you time and money running to the store. Let me know if it works.
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