Gilmat. Door Design. September 22nd , 2017.
The door latch and lock are essential for any home. Good quality door latch hardware will help you ensure that your home has at least basic safety measurement to keep intruders or burglars from entering your living place, causing loss and harm to your properties and family. Even so, there are some times when the door latch parts don’t work properly. Luckily, dealing with door lock that doesn’t latch properly is not a difficult task to do and you can fix the issue right away yourself.
When the door latch does not click into position, this usually means the strike plate and the latch are out of alignment. Try solving this problem by tightening the hinge screws, and then loosen its screws and shift it slightly to try adjusting the strike plate. If possible, it is actually easier for you to file a little bit the slots in the strike plate. This way, the strike plate will receive the latch. Shift the position of the strike plate by mortising the jamb, filling part of the old one, and so ahead. Misalignment can also be solved by replacing the existing strike plate with an adjustable type.
Stuck door latch happens for many reasons, and most of them are actually easy to fix. When the latch of your door sticks, check if the hinge screws are tight. The latch will bind if the door is misaligned. Besides, check the lock assembly and knob if there is any misalignment or loose screws. Lastly, take a close look at the strike of your door jamb. If it is out of adjustment or blocked, the latch surely will not run in and out freely.
For timber door, you can use a lock system named as mortice sashlock. It is a combination of a handle-operated door latch and a mortice lock for you to open and close the door without requiring the use of a key, and then securely lock it with a key as you go out. There are different security levels, with 5 lever as the highest security level perfect for back door or areas where high security is required.
There is also a door latch called as nightlatch to use with timber door too. It is suitable to secure external entrance doors, including your front doors. It’s mounted on the inside of your door at shoulder height with a latch mechanism similar to one used on internal doors which keep the door closed.
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