I have hollow metal door frames and decided to paint the doors and get new door handles but the new strike is too small for the opening and so are the screws. What can I do? I don’t have the old strike

door strike against the opening in the frame

opening in the door frame without door strike

  • If the latch purpose is just to secure the door close and not for security, try using the existing hole as the strike. It will wear the paint away on the frame where the latch will be rubbing when closing the door. Are you holding the strike on the frame backward? That lip on the frame appears to be the door stop. Commented Dec 8, 2021 at 22:22
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    Check the door frame for a manufacturer's name and try to contact them. If no luck with that, go with @manassehkatz-Moving 2 Codidct answer.
    – JACK
    Commented Dec 8, 2021 at 23:03
  • lowes.com/pd/… Maybe one of these?
    – Kris
    Commented Dec 8, 2021 at 23:24
  • Commercial doors, what pita. Finding a strike is easy. Figuring out how to put it in with screws that go in 1/4" holes.... not so much, +1.... 3" screws all the way into the stud? Luckily it's not the one that goes on the door.
    – Mazura
    Commented Dec 9, 2021 at 0:16
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    – isherwood
    Commented Dec 9, 2021 at 13:59

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These will be what is needed to slip over the hole to provide threads for the screws to go into. On the website the side you see goes inside the jamb, so the flat side is on the outside. They come in different sizes, so you will need to get the right size, if not the right thread pitch to work for the screws that will hold the strike in place. The size you will most likely need will be for an 8 gauge wood screw.

This strike, most likely will fit the hole spread.

There are typically 3 types of modern strikes available. You have one, I suggest another, and a comment suggests the third one. If it was an older jamb there would be more choices, but since it is a newer looking jamb, I don't think you need to explore that option.

  • "these" are #6-32 tpi Plain Steel Type U Speed Nuts
    – Mazura
    Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 4:06
  • Yup, that's why I mentioned that would most likely be 8ga. , although I should have taken a few seconds more to post a pic of the proper size that they may be....
    – Jack
    Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 6:36
  • Wondering what the smaller second hole is for. I didn't see any speed nuts with a hole to attach the nut, which would be nice; one of them is always missing, if not both. Also, most (good) locks come with dual purpose screws that are machine thread all the way at the top and wood thread on the lower. Screws shouldn't be a prob, it's "these" damn things.
    – Mazura
    Commented Dec 15, 2021 at 18:28

Your best bet is probably to either buy or make a new strike plate with the hole in the right place but with screws that fit the old screw recesses.

Alternatively put a piece of sheet metal over the old strike plate hole and either weld it in place or drive sheet metal screws to hold it in place. Cut out a hole for your new strike plate and weld or screw it to the sheet metal.

If this is an entry door and not an interior door, it is probably worth having a professional repair it as either of my suggestions may fail to keep the door closed when bumped hard, or may have too large a gap and allow lock bypass.

  • Line up the new strike plate to exactly where it needs to be to match the strike and tape it in place.

  • Measure (a) the distance between the old screw holes, (b) the distance between the top and bottom of the new strike plate main hole (I am sure there is a fancy name for that) and the top and bottom screws, (c) the width and height of the strike plate main hole and (d) the distance of the strike plate main hole edge from the edge of the door.

  • Go to a hardware store with all of these measurements. Bring the new strike plate with you. Find something that matches "close enough". The strike plate main hole can be a little bigger than the new strike plate's main hole, but it can't be smaller because then it won't latch properly.

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