Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • chezybezy
    • By chezybezy 5th Dec 17, 1:21 PM
    • 130Posts
    • 17Thanks
    chezybezy
    door latch hole needs enlarging.
    • #1
    • 5th Dec 17, 1:21 PM
    door latch hole needs enlarging. 5th Dec 17 at 1:21 PM
    afternoon,
    i am exchanging the door handles in my new house, which required a new tubular latch however my existing hole pinches the latch. is this ok or should i enlarge it slightly to allow an easier fit? i have to push really hard to ease the latch in and i do not think that is the correct idea, i've read that any form of misalignment or pinching is likely to cause me more problems.
    if so any ideas how i can do this, its only a bit that needs removing? sandpaper doesnt seem to be working, i cant think how a drill bit would work, i don't have a file / rasp. hmm

    https://i.imgur.com/uJZvHpK.jpg
    https://i.imgur.com/QWsfDur.jpg
    - Chez
Page 1
    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 5th Dec 17, 1:45 PM
    • 3,060 Posts
    • 1,764 Thanks
    TheCyclingProgrammer
    • #2
    • 5th Dec 17, 1:45 PM
    • #2
    • 5th Dec 17, 1:45 PM
    You need a spade bit.
    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 5th Dec 17, 1:49 PM
    • 2,615 Posts
    • 1,796 Thanks
    EssexExile
    • #3
    • 5th Dec 17, 1:49 PM
    • #3
    • 5th Dec 17, 1:49 PM
    Hammer & chisel. A spade bit will wander around all over the place.
    Tall, dark & handsome. Well two out of three ain't bad.
    • Le_Kirk
    • By Le_Kirk 5th Dec 17, 2:31 PM
    • 2,378 Posts
    • 1,249 Thanks
    Le_Kirk
    • #4
    • 5th Dec 17, 2:31 PM
    • #4
    • 5th Dec 17, 2:31 PM
    Agree with post #3, too late for spade bit as there is no centre left to "start" the drilling and support the spade. Afraid it is a hammer and chisel jobby for you!
    • chezybezy
    • By chezybezy 5th Dec 17, 4:51 PM
    • 130 Posts
    • 17 Thanks
    chezybezy
    • #5
    • 5th Dec 17, 4:51 PM
    • #5
    • 5th Dec 17, 4:51 PM
    You need a spade bit.
    Originally posted by TheCyclingProgrammer
    Hammer & chisel. A spade bit will wander around all over the place.
    Originally posted by EssexExile
    Agree with post #3, too late for spade bit as there is no centre left to "start" the drilling and support the spade. Afraid it is a hammer and chisel jobby for you!
    Originally posted by Le_Kirk
    Thank you very much, the joys of a new home and someone else's work - aren't these holes supposed to be level and even and straight?
    - Chez
    • Head The Ball
    • By Head The Ball 5th Dec 17, 5:09 PM
    • 3,079 Posts
    • 7,204 Thanks
    Head The Ball
    • #6
    • 5th Dec 17, 5:09 PM
    • #6
    • 5th Dec 17, 5:09 PM
    afternoon,
    i am exchanging the door handles in my new house, which required a new tubular latch however my existing hole pinches the latch. is this ok or should i enlarge it slightly to allow an easier fit? i have to push really hard to ease the latch in and i do not think that is the correct idea, i've read that any form of misalignment or pinching is likely to cause me more problems.
    if so any ideas how i can do this, its only a bit that needs removing? sandpaper doesnt seem to be working, i cant think how a drill bit would work, i don't have a file / rasp. hmm

    https://i.imgur.com/uJZvHpK.jpg
    https://i.imgur.com/QWsfDur.jpg
    Originally posted by chezybezy
    If the latch will fit into place with a hard push, then, unless a moving part of the latch is rubbing against the wood, I don't see why you would have problems. Most of the movement is internal and the wood will only touch at the four corners of the latch body. Only if the fit is so tight that it distorts the latch body would you have a problem. The wood is likely to give a little before the metal latch body, although some cheap latches are very flimsy.

    If you have a sharp blade screwdriver of suitable size, a bit of gentle scraping might be enough to ease the fit and save you buying a file or a chisel. You don't need to remove very much material.

    Alternatively, if you have an electric drill and a suitable wood drill bit, you should be able to use that to remove enough material from the 4 areas where the corners of the latch body go.

    De-select any hammer action, start the drill on its lowest speed, slide the drill bit into empty space and then very gently move it so that it is scraping in the right area, using the sides of the drill bit and not the point to remove material. Apply a minimum of pressure.

    Or use the point of the bit and very gently move it to and fro to remove a small amount of wood.

    Be very careful and beware of kick backs etc from the drill. Very gentle pressure and very slow movement should prevent any sudden kick backs or jerks.

    Wear eye protection.

    Some may say that is a bodge job but, as it will be hidden, does that matter much?
    Last edited by Head The Ball; 05-12-2017 at 5:24 PM.
    Who'll remember the ones
    who only rode in them to die
    All their lives are just a smudge
    of smoke against the sky
    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 5th Dec 17, 5:15 PM
    • 14,255 Posts
    • 76,774 Thanks
    GDB2222
    • #7
    • 5th Dec 17, 5:15 PM
    • #7
    • 5th Dec 17, 5:15 PM
    I don't know if you do a lot of DIY, but I find that a 13mm belt sander is wonderfully useful. It'll sort this job out in a minute.

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/352202793412

    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
    • Ganga
    • By Ganga 5th Dec 17, 6:45 PM
    • 992 Posts
    • 514 Thanks
    Ganga
    • #8
    • 5th Dec 17, 6:45 PM
    • #8
    • 5th Dec 17, 6:45 PM


    Or a drill bit like these
    ITS NOT EASY TO GET EVERYTHING WRONG ,I HAVE TO WORK HARD TO DO IT!
    • GDB2222
    • By GDB2222 5th Dec 17, 6:47 PM
    • 14,255 Posts
    • 76,774 Thanks
    GDB2222
    • #9
    • 5th Dec 17, 6:47 PM
    • #9
    • 5th Dec 17, 6:47 PM


    Or a drill bit like these
    Originally posted by Ganga
    Those are not good for enlarging an existing hole.
    No reliance should be placed on the above! Absolutely none, do you hear?
    • Norman Castle
    • By Norman Castle 6th Dec 17, 9:00 AM
    • 6,650 Posts
    • 5,421 Thanks
    Norman Castle
    Replacing the latches with ones that fit might be easier.
    Don't harass a hippie. You'll get bad karma.

    Never trust a newbie with a rtb tale.
    • molerat
    • By molerat 6th Dec 17, 9:11 AM
    • 17,927 Posts
    • 12,201 Thanks
    molerat
    A file or small rasp, or the electric type above, should do it. The complete hole does not need enlarging, it just needs the 4 points easing where new square shaped latch is binding.
    www.helpforheroes.org.uk/donations.html
    • stator
    • By stator 6th Dec 17, 10:05 AM
    • 6,021 Posts
    • 3,971 Thanks
    stator
    You could use a hole saw if you take out the center bit and replace it with a really long one. The center bit needs to be long enough to get into new wood at the back of the hole
    Changing the world, one sarcastic comment at a time.
    • chezybezy
    • By chezybezy 10th Jan 18, 11:43 AM
    • 130 Posts
    • 17 Thanks
    chezybezy
    If the latch will fit into place with a hard push, then, unless a moving part of the latch is rubbing against the wood, I don't see why you would have problems. Most of the movement is internal and the wood will only touch at the four corners of the latch body. Only if the fit is so tight that it distorts the latch body would you have a problem. The wood is likely to give a little before the metal latch body, although some cheap latches are very flimsy.

    If you have a sharp blade screwdriver of suitable size, a bit of gentle scraping might be enough to ease the fit and save you buying a file or a chisel. You don't need to remove very much material.

    Alternatively, if you have an electric drill and a suitable wood drill bit, you should be able to use that to remove enough material from the 4 areas where the corners of the latch body go.

    De-select any hammer action, start the drill on its lowest speed, slide the drill bit into empty space and then very gently move it so that it is scraping in the right area, using the sides of the drill bit and not the point to remove material. Apply a minimum of pressure.

    Or use the point of the bit and very gently move it to and fro to remove a small amount of wood.

    Be very careful and beware of kick backs etc from the drill. Very gentle pressure and very slow movement should prevent any sudden kick backs or jerks.

    Wear eye protection.

    Some may say that is a bodge job but, as it will be hidden, does that matter much?
    Originally posted by Head The Ball
    I don't know if you do a lot of DIY, but I find that a 13mm belt sander is wonderfully useful. It'll sort this job out in a minute.
    Originally posted by GDB2222
    Replacing the latches with ones that fit might be easier.
    Originally posted by Norman Castle
    A file or small rasp, or the electric type above, should do it. The complete hole does not need enlarging, it just needs the 4 points easing where new square shaped latch is binding.
    Originally posted by molerat
    You could use a hole saw if you take out the center bit and replace it with a really long one. The center bit needs to be long enough to get into new wood at the back of the hole
    Originally posted by stator


    oh my, i'm so sorry it did not tell me that there was any more replies, thank you very very much!
    Last edited by chezybezy; 10-01-2018 at 11:43 AM. Reason: adding rest of others to thank
    - Chez
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

331Posts Today

2,961Users online

Martin's Twitter