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Old 11-05-2015, 11:24 AM   #1
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Door latch is sticking. How do we fix it?

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Old 11-05-2015, 02:09 PM   #2
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Disassemble, adjust, lube.......the latch post on the door jam is adjustable, the internal lock mechanism for the door latch can be adjusted and lubed, the dead-bolt can be lubed but doesnt have much/any adjustment--as I recall.....

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Old 11-16-2015, 08:42 AM   #3
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Last night the door latch stopped working and I was locked out. Thankfully Neale was home and let me back in. He took the cover off and checked out how to keep it from happening again. Seems the post is rusted and can't be adjusted. So this could happen again at any time and we would be locked out. How can we clean off the rust so it can be adjusted? He had sprayed it with wd40 a few days ago but this happened.
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Naval gel (available to Home Depot or Lowe's) will remove rust, soaked rusted parts, then polish with a wire bush on a grinder. You also need to find out WHY water got into the door and stop it so this won't continue to occur.

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Old 11-16-2015, 04:02 PM   #5
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Yes, naval jelly works well at removing rust, but also removes paint! So, be very careful where/how you use it.

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Old 11-17-2015, 11:06 AM   #6
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Replacement parts are available from PTL Engineering. At what I would consider reasonable prices. Check their website:

PTL Engineering | Committed to quality from start to finish

There is a "Parts" page, or just call them. They were very helpful when I had to replace my door handle a couple of weeks ago.

P.S. My handle was not rusted. Just bent. It has been redesigned by Trimark. If yours is rusted, you have a seal problem somewhere that needs to be addressed as stated above.

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