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    A little better

    One of the joys of having an old pole barn for a shop is the heaving of the poles between summer and winter. This plays some havoc with the alignment of the striker plates on my entry door. For the past 3 years I've moved the strikers either up or down at various times of the year. Without warning I'll come home to find my shop door wide open as the jamb has shifted again and the door latch comes unlatched. Well no more, I decided to make my own strike plate with some play room built in.

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    Here you can see how much the jamb has risen since last week when it was in the 30's. Typically it shifts back and forth about 1/2"- 5/8", so hopefully the elongated striker plate holes will prevent any future adjustments.
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    Used some 3 1/2" decking screws to attach the plate, so should hold much better than the previous ones.
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    It did get a rattle can finish before final install too.
    Last edited by Darren Wright; 03-21-2014 at 02:21 AM.
    Darren

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    Nice. This is what comes from being a handy guy. Others might be pulling their hair out, but you jump right in and solve the problem.

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    Now that's what I call a striker plate---A two holer yet!

    I hope that it works well for you and tames that shifty pole barn's latching problems.

    Enjoy,
    JimB
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    Nice, And with the added bonus of being a bunch beefier!
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    Thanks all.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Dowell View Post
    Nice, And with the added bonus of being a bunch beefier!
    A little bit, I think it was 18 gauge steel, just something that was in the scrap box. I cut the holes using one of those 1/16" thick 4" cut-off blades on the grinder, finished using the dremel with some 1" wheels on it. I find those 4" blades to be real handy with just about any cutting job, very controllable and accurate.
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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    Now why didn't I think of that when I needed to?

    Please be nice and do not answer that question.

    Enjoy,
    JimB
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