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Many projects demand advanced problem solving skills. 
  
Replacing the hardware on ten doors seemed a simple task, but posed a unique set of difficulties.  This demonstrates how I solve the spontaneous problems that emerge in most every project. 
  
This customer is very detail oriented, so the job HAD to protect the pristine paint job and look flawless.  I did the work in-place because of the risks involved in carrying 10 solid wood doors down a stair case and through the perfectly decorated house.  There are drop cloths under my work and a shop vac at the ready.

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Old hardware was worn, tarnished, most would not latch shut. Easy fix, right?
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Problem; the old hardware fit in smaller holes. The new hardware required larger holes! Yikes!
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Drills require a center point alignment. A 7/8" dowel secures the 1" bit.
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The 7/8" dowel slides through the existing hole as the 1" drill advances,
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The smaller hole saw fits the existing hole and aligns the larger hole saw.
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Hold the drill steady and go halfway through. Then, finish from the other side.
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Install the hardware set.
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The new strike plate had ROUNDED corners, but chisles are square!
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Align the plate so the latch holds the door snugly.
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Drill pilot holes with a centering drill.
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Install the screws and score the outline of the strike plate.
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Now, how to cut the round corners cleanly?
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1/4" iron pipe sharpened from the inside to keep outside diameter true.
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Punch the corners with the round chisle.
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Carefully mortise in the strike plate so it sits flush to the surface of jamb.
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Install strike plate. Touch up any chips in the paint
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Door shuts securely and operates smoothly. 9 doors to go.

Brent Briggs * Kintnersville, PA 18930 Phone: (215) 262-1340

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