My exterior doors have an integral weatherstripping in the door jamb. The
doors do not seal tightly against the weatherstripping, but could probably be
made to do so if the striker plate of the door latch were moved slightly.
The problem I see in moving the striker plate is that it will only require
moving approximately 3/32 to 1/8 inch. The striker plate has two screw
mounting holes which are round, not slotted, so there is no room for
Moving the striker plate would probably require completely filling the
existing holes with some substantial material so that new holes can be
Any ideas on the best approach?
On Sun, 05 Apr 2009 08:01:39 GMT, Wayne Boatwright
Get some 1/4" dowel and use a 1/4" bit to drill out the old hole. I
suggest drilling a 1/4" hole in a piece of scrap wood to test for fit.
Apply wood glue, tap into place, flush cut excess, allow to cure and
drill the new pilot holes. The cure time will make the area stronger
than than before. Use long deck screws for better security.
It's easy to make a new striker plate with the latch hole offset so
that the old mounting screw holes can be used. Easiest is to buy a
stainless steel cut off scrap from a sheet metal shop, about .060". If
you know someone acquainted with industrial or machine shop supplies
that thickness of brass is good. Scribe the pattern of the old plate
on the new metal. Drill the new mounting holes. If you bolt the two
plates together, then scribing the old latch hole will be quite
accurate when marking for the new offset. Cut with hacksaw,
countersink screw holes, file edges smooth, install and enjoy. On old
installations where the latch has dragged on the door frame trim. the
latch guide of the new plate can be extended to hide the imperfection
and make operation easier. This works well unless the underlying wood
is in such bad shape that Phisherman's technique would be better.
What sort of weatherstripping is it and does it fit poorly only on the
strike side? How to best achieve a tighter seal will depend on what
sort of weatherstripping it is and where and how it is attached.
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