I just bought some new hardware (knobs and latches) for the interior doors of my house. Currently the latches look something like this:
And the new latches look something like this (at least the square shape, though I realize this particular latch looks like its for an exterior door):
The problem is the second latch (the one that i bought) does not fit INTO the door frame. In otherwords, I can put the latch on but then its wont be flush with the door because apparently that square metal plate on the end is supposed to go INTO the door, so that the face of it is flush with the side of the door. I want a tool that can cut into the door so that the hardware will be flush with the door. I dont want to use a chisel because Im not a carpenter and Im not experienced with carpentry so I just want to make it as simple as possible. I've heard you can do such a thing with a router if you have the right bit and some templates but I dont have a router so I wonder if there is some other way?
So ultimately Id like to know if theres some tool I can use to do what Im trying to do and what that tool is called (or what my options are)?
Just found out about the Ryobi door latch installation kit from home depot. Thoughts on that?