I am changing the knobs and locks on the doors of my house. The metal
plate on the door jamb is screwed into the jamb where you would expect
it to be, but then wraps around to the front of the jamb and is fastened
beneath the trim piece. The house is 22 y/o and this is original
equipment. Anyway to get that off w/o tearing off (and probably tearing
up) the trim?
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If it's built properly and with expected methods, the trim comes off and
goes back on easily is standard OP. Trim applications are always made to
allow removal unless some newbie gets a brain-fart and fills it with so many
nails they can't safely be popped off. A wide pry-bar is usually all that's
needed; abt $10 US. Do some search engine looking.
You believe all locks have interchangeable strike plates? It might
also just be possible that the OP wants fresh hardware and not an old
scratched and tarnished POS glaring out at him every time he opens the
If the trim is painted you could cut out a section of the trim that's
just big enough to free up the strike, then epoxy it back in place
when you're done.
Like Oren mentioned, I've never seen a strike that was attached on the
face _and_ edge of the jamb. Maybe somebody Rube Goldberged it, but
it might just be that the tongue is stuck under the trim and needs
some coaxing. Also use a magnet to check if there are any nails
holding the trim on right at the strike. If so, use a nail set and
drive them all the way through the trim to reduce clamping pressure on
the strike plate.
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