Step 2 : Install the New Latch
Slide the new latch assembly into the hole in the edge of the door and check its fit. If the plate that rests against the edge of the door is larger than the old latch assembly, enlarge the mortise to accept the new latch assembly. Use a sharp pencil to trace around the new plate and then remove the excess wood with a chisel. The plate should lie flush with the edge of the door.
Insert the new latch mechanism into the edge of the door so that the angle of the latch bolt faces toward the doorframe. If the mounting holes in the plate of the new latch assembly are in a different location than the old latch assembly, drill pilot holes for the mounting screws. Tighten them with a screwdriver.
If the new screw holes are drilled close to the old holes, fill the old holes with a wooden matchstick dipped into wood glue. Insert the match into the hole and break the matchstick off flush with the edge of the door.
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