Latch On, Latch OFF
November 26, 2012
Filed under Quick Tips
The latch on our motorhome’s shower door was difficult to operate. The plastic knob had to be twisted to get the door open. I was a happy camper when my wife announced that the latch had finally broken. I wanted a simple latch to replace it, and a visit to our local boat supply store produced an uncomplicated brass twist latch — the kind used on boats to keep cabinets closed in rough weather.
I used a punch on the center pin to increase the friction. I then shaped a scrap of oak to create a mount for the latch. Attaching the striker plate on the door was more of a challenge. I found a plastic sleeve the same diameter as the hole originally occupied by the plastic latch. A screw through the sleeve holds a wooden block and striker plate. I stained them to match our existing cabinets, and the job was done.
RUSS STEELE l NEVADA CITY, CALIF.
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