Back door catch was staying in after opening the door; putting the handle up
forced it out (5-point locking).
Stripped and cleaned it, operated it on the bench whilst looking all over it
and spotted a grub screw by the latch part of the mechanism. It was just
getatable in one position, tried it and it was a couple of turns undone and
rubbing against the mech. Free after tightening.
Those mechs. are complex and all rivetted together, so if the screw had
dropped out...! £50-odd quid down.
Sorry - should have put OT.
On Tue, 24 Mar 2020 21:20:02 +0000, newshound wrote:
Too oily/greasy and impossible to clean out. It would have been marginal for
clearance to get out and probably not possible to align it to put in.
Still, it's lasted 29 years-time when it first worked loose, so should
outlast me be days/weeks/years (depending on another factor).
The inner front fdoor in this house has what I think is the original door
'lock'. Key long gone, but the knob and catch still work (117 years).
It developed sideways play due to a lot of wear on the sliding bits. The
catch kept sticking 'in'. I have no wish to replace it as it's a non
I ended up Aralditing two shims to either side of the inner case, to
reduce the play. Good for another 50 years!
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