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Hardware used to secure the opening of windows, doors, cabinets and more. If the latch includes a lock, use the lock tag instead.

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Help identifying and repairing a wrought iron Suffolk latch

I’m looking for help identifying the source of and refurbishing this front door wrought iron latch and handle. I believe it’s called a Suffolk latch. The groove where the lever piece rests on the ...
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Door not hitting frame evenly

My door latch is not catching but I realized that the door is hitting the frame unevenly. The door seems to hit the frame first at top - I have to pull the door in with a bit of force to make it catch....
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Door strike plate with moving part - what is it for?

My friend has an exterior door with this strike plate on its frame. Does anyone know what this type of plate is called, and what purpose it has? The inner part is hinged in a way that allows it to ...
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Omnia latch set rose cover removal

I called Omnia and they sent me the rose cover washer installation tool. The problem is that the tool doesn’t fit inside the threaded washer. I called Omnia back and they said they only have the one ...
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How does one adjust a fence gate when its gravity latch scrapes the house?

I bought a house which has a side fence gate with a latch scratching the side of the house. The damage was already there. It's not that bad, but I'd like to adjust the latch to prevent the damage from ...
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Can I repair and rekey this salty security door?

I bought a new house that has an awesome security door that's missing the latching mechanism. It has a lock but I don't have a key for it, so I'd also like to rekey it. I started trying to take the ...
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Can't seem to get a door hinge tight which is causing a door that won't latch

This is interior door that sits around 4 inches from the nearest perpendicular wall. We had a contractor put it in around 3 years ago and it was fine until this past month. The latch no longer lines ...
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Sliding door cannot open after fixing strike plate

The strike plate was loose (the door wouldn't latch properly), so I tightened the strike plate and closed the door. But now the door is stuck and I cannot open it. What should I do? Do I need to undo ...
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Door knob strike plate is hitting casing extension/trim

I installed a one piece security strike plate on my new door frame (it has the openings for both the knob and deadbolt on one plate). I’ve discovered the knob latch hits my jamb extensions (and if the ...
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Spare part identification for replacement purchase toolbox latch/catch/clip/hinge/toggle for holding the case closed

I'm looking for a replacement for this in my toolbox because it broke: Can you also help me find the correct word to use. I think of locking latch/catch/clip/hinge/toggle for holding the case closed ...
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How do you fix a front door latch that will not retract when you turn the knob? [closed]

I have taken the back plate off of the lock and nothing appears to be worn or broken. However, the door was shut when the latch got stuck, so I cannot pull the whole latch out. The lock is made by ...
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What would be a robust way to install the door stop

The aluminium door used to have the latch installed on the wall. And the door used to swing right out to latch to it. Because the height of the retaining wall was over a metre, we installed this ...
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How to prevent push button on screen/storm door latch from freezing?

I came home today and discovered the push button on the front screen door was frozen solid and it wouldn't move even with brute strength banging. I thought, no problem, I'll just go to the back door, ...
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Which latch should I get to replace the one on my front (storm) door?

The locking mechanism on my front (storm) door got broken, rendering it useless. What I’d like to do now is replace the latch with a new one, but I can’t find any branding on the door, so I’m not sure ...
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Schlage - latch stopped Retracting

Suddenly the latch won’t retract unless I turn the knob. I have the Schlage Encode; I reached out because I was told it was faulty mechanism. They disagreed that my issue is related to the Encode yet ...
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How to dismantle marvin window to repair latch?

The latch on one of my marvin windows (~25 years old) "fell off" and dropped down inside the thin wood-covered plastic trim. How do I get that piece (labelled "A" in the images) ...
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How can one lessen noise from a drop bar latch?

I live in a historic 18th century American home that has "drop bar latches" as door hardware on the interior doors. Although this is possibly a reproduction of a best guess at the original ...
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Stopping cat from opening corner sliding doors

In my bedroom, I have a pair of wooden corner sliding doors, pictured below: My cat is banned from entering the bedroom when we're sleeping here, since she keeps waking us up. However, actually ...
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How to prevent pool gate plunger latch/lock from freezing?

This MagnaLatch lock is a really nice product, but rain/snow/ice gets under the plunger, then inside the cylinder, then freezes. I have tried rubbing alcohol to unfreeze the latch, but the best ...
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What could be wrong? My front door latch opens OK from inside, poorly from outside

The following Kwikset lockset on my front door no longer works well. From the inside rotating handle it's fine. From the outside it's sticky, as the bolt does not fully pull in. This particular ...
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My latch allows to double lock from the outside... why, and is it safe?

I am a tenant in the UK. I live on the first floor (2nd floor in US scheme), there is no fire exit and the flat is big enough for a couple. The latch on my flat's door is the Ingersoll 'Classic' ...
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Type of exterior door lock that always allows exiting?

I am looking for a lock and handle mechanism for an exterior door that is always openable from the inside. E.g. locking with a key locks the exterior handle from opening the latch, but the interior ...
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What is this worn part on this door handle assembly?

I've been having problems with our Kwikset front door handle. It's a lever on one side, and a press down latch on the other. When you try to open the door, it doesn't retract the bolt all the way. ...
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How can I secure a door latch blocker without drilling?

I have a door latch cover that looks like this: Its installed in a common area so I cannot drill any holes. Right now its attached to the door with an elastic band as shown in the photo but they keep ...
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What is this 1950s brass door catch called

I'm looking for a replacement for the pictured 1950s internal door catch. I can't find one, and don't know what they're called. I've tried "gravity catch" and "teardrop catch" ...
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How to (more) securely attach a latch to a frequently-used wooden gate

Our house's front yard is separated from the street with a low picket fence with a spring-operated gate. The latch of this gate has been consistently problematic because it is exposed to the weather ...
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How to shim a doorknob latch plate

I'm replacing all the doorknobs in my new house. The new knobs "latch plates" (not sure what the proper term is) are thinner than the old ones, so they sit a bit too deep in the space that ...
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Finding replacement upvc door keeps

We've recently moved into a new house and we've found that some of the doors are not closing properly. We had a locksmith in to change the locks and he mentioned that we needed to get a 'keep' for ...
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What are these latches at the top and bottom of this window for?

Getting a hernia trying to open these windows. I've unlocked them so they're either stuck or I'm doing something mindlessly wrong. Regardless, scratching my head trying to figure out what these ...
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How do I prevent an interior door from latching?

I have an interior door (with doorknobs, not handles) that auto-closes. I would like, most of the time, to be able to just push the door open and not have to turn the knob. However, I don’t want a ...
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Suggestions for finding replacement interior tilt latches?

I need to replace the left and right window tilt latches on an older vinyl window but I can't find any retailers who carry what I'm needing. I see there are numerous tilt latches that can be attached ...
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How to repair Garden gate latch 'spring clip'?

Google for "garden gate latch" and you'll see the gate latch we have. It's sold by the hundreds of thousands worldwide under different brands. I bought mine in the UK through B&Q (Blooma ...
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How to repair a French Door latch that's keeping the door from opening

I have an exterior French door that, in addition to the normal door latch, also has bars that extend both upward and downward as part of the latch mechanism. The door handle is used to extend these ...
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What's a workable low hassle privacy latch for the inside of an interior door (against the jamb)

I need to add a privacy latch on this side of this interior door. (Photo #1) I looked through an extensive set of latches at a local hardware store and none of them had the right strike plate or ...
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installing a keyed-entry door handle without switching latches?

I have an internal door that currently has regular passage door handles without a lock and key, which I'd like to replace with keyed-entry door handles. Is it possible to replace just the handles and ...
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Is there a replacement mailbox lock that is more pry-resistant?

The communal curbside mailboxes at my townhouse frequently are pried open. (The unit is a Salsbury Industries, Aluminum 3504ASU Surface Mounted Vertical Mailbox with 4 Doors and USPS Access). I know ...
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Magnetic Mortise Latch for American Style Doors

I am looking to make the door handles for my kids' rooms quieter. Today I went through and oiled everything, but the latch / mortise assembly (??correct term?) that I have in my doors are still pretty ...
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How to deal with sharp door latch corners?

There is a doorway that sometimes people walk through and get scratched on their arms by the latch on the door and occasionally it even draws blood. I think it's because the two external corners of ...
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Identifying Window Latch

I would appreciate it if anybody could tell me what type of window latch is in the picture below? I bought a house and need to change a couple of these that are broken. Thank you!
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Interior Sliding Door Latch or Snib, openable from both sides

I'm looking for a interior sliding door latch or snib that can be released and engaged from boths sides. I've been unable to find such a piece of hardware, it should not be lockable. Each item I have ...
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Do I need a special kind of locksmith for accurate installation of latches in a solid door?

I have some expensive doors made of solid oak and I need them to be drilled and mortised for latch sets. I am a little nervous about hiring a random locksmith to do this work, because if they screw up,...
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What is this sliding door latch called, and where can I find it?

I have a sliding door. The part that the the lock interacts with, on the wall, has broken. It looks like a double hook (pictures attached). I went to home depot and no one knew what it was or where ...
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Finding replacement for antediluvian lock

I would like to replace an internal lock on the cupboard door in my flat. The lock is very old and I struggle to find a similar type in B&Q. I can mostly find locks that are to be mounted inside ...
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How can I both insulate and get a latch to work on this window? Foam kerf insulation strips

After trying many options, I've finally found something that might work to reduce drafts and noise through these 1925 historic windows: But that latch. Original brass, matches the house, but won't ...
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