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My house was originally built so it could be easily adapted for people with disabilities. For example, there is wiring in the house to support the installation of a lift and the landings are wider than usual.

I'm not sure if this is part of the adaptations but the door latches don't close onto regular strike plates. Instead, they close onto these curious moving strike "plates". These strike units comprise a thin metal box which contains a rotating piece of metal that moves up when a door closes on it and then falls back down when the door is closed. The metal box is then affixed to into a recessed metal bracket in the door frame. They have the letters "CBuk" stamped on them which yielded nothing useful on a search.

These close slightly more easily than regular latches but otherwise create redundancy in the latch mechanism. The doors also have concealed spring-loaded door closers built-in.

A couple of these are now not working properly but I'm not sure whether to try to replace them with something more conventional or try and fix them or if there's even a good reason for them being there.

unsual strike plate door context the door from inside

  • your picture shows only 1/2 of the device – jsotola Jul 26 at 23:48
  • @jsotola do you mean it needs a photo from another angle, or that there isn't a photo of the latch? The latch is a normal tubular latch... – BMT Jul 27 at 6:55
  • Do theses doors have automatic closers? – Jasen Jul 27 at 9:46
  • It would help to show the portion on the door. It may also help to show any other latch-side hardware on the door/jamb. – FreeMan Jul 27 at 13:26
  • @Jasen, yes they do - they have concealed spring-loaded closers – BMT Jul 27 at 13:27
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Interesting. I guess the point is that they "close slightly more easily than regular latches", yet they still require pushing down on the ADA-compliant lever handle to open.

I'm not sure in what way they're "not working properly", but I'd suggest taking the latch mechanism piece (the top two screws of the latch) out and taking a look at that part. I'd imagine that the little swinging plate isn't moving as freely as it should. With that part off, you may be able to determine that there's something in there jamming it, or it may just need a shot of dry-silicone or graphite lubricant to free up the movement.

I've use both of those in spray form and they can be a bit messy, so taking it outside to spray the latch means the mess is on the grass or some newspaper/drop cloth instead of all over the interior wall.

It could also be that the screws have either loosened or tightened with some seasonal wood swelling. (OK, fine, loosened, screws really don't tighten themselves.) You may want to ensure that screws are tight on the non-working ones.

You could, of course, replace them with "normal" strike plates, but that would probably require filling in the hole in the frame then mortising for the new strike plate (and would be the subject for a whole new question). I'm presuming none of the current residents need the adaptations. Of course, having these in place may well increase resale value if you're thinking of selling at some point in the future, so that's something to consider.

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  • Note that it's possible to have lever-handle latchsets that work with conventional style strikeplates (really! the only difference is the shape of the handle!) – ThreePhaseEel Jul 27 at 23:06

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