Wood Door Repair: How to Move the Strike Plate

  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 10-20
What You'll Need
Masking tape
Screwdriver and screws
Wood filler

One of the easiest types of wood door repair (but one that can make a big change in your home) is moving the strike plate. The strike plate is the small piece of metal on the door frame where the latch from the key rests when the door is closed. If a strike plate is out of place, it can cause annoying problems like a rattling noise when you open and close the door, as well as a wood door that refuses to stay shut. Keep reading for some simple tips on how to remedy the problem.

Step 1 – Do the Lipstick Test

In order to find out if you the strike plate needs to be higher or lower, determine exactly where the latch is hitting the plate. Put a piece of masking tape on the strike plate, then line the edge of the latch with some brightly colored lipstick. Close the door, reopen it, and observe the results. Is the lipstick line too low, or too high? Adjust accordingly.

Step 2 – Chisel out the Strike Plate

Use your drill to unscrew the strike plate. Take your chisel and enlarge the opening in the door frame for the strike plate, so that it will still fit into its new location. Screw it back into place, and use wood filler to fill in the