Locks and lotches

Maintaining Locks and Latches

The locks and latches in and around your home serve many very important functions, and keeping them in good working order is essential. Whether you run across a latch or lock that is sticky, or if one of the locks in your house stops working properly, taking care of the problem as quickly as possible is important. Having building inspections performed on a regular basis can help prevent any unpleasant surprises, and many pest inspection companies in Brisbane can help you can learn more below.

Prevention Is Key

Like so many other things in a home, when it comes to taking care of locks and latches, prevention is key. It’s amazing how easy it is to maintain a lock; all you really need to do is keep it properly lubed up. To do that, simply make it a point to periodically go around the house squirting WD-40 into the locks and latches that you find. This simple measure will help you keep them working in top form.

How To Handle A Sticky Latch or Lock

When a latch or lock becomes sticky, follow these steps to try and remedy the situation:

  • Spray WD-40 directly into the latch or lock, then take a key and turn it around inside it a few times. Try putting a layer of graphite on the key first, as from a pencil, as it may help.
  • Older locks may need to be disassembled. Loosen the screws then pull them off of the door. With deadbolts, unscrew the lock face plates followed by the handles or knobs. In some cases, you may need an Allen, or hex, wrench.
  • Take off the face plates and latch screws for the latch mechanism on the inside edge of the door.
  • Lubricate every single moving part from the latch and lock set. You can use WD-40, liquid graphite, silicone, motor oil or another kind of lubricant. Squirt some on the key, too, and insert it into the lock and wiggle it around. Put your lock back on the door and you should be all set.

How To Handle A Faulty Latch

If a latch in your home won’t stay closed or close properly, there are a couple of options for remedying the situation:

  • If the latch is too large for the striker plate, or female portion, remove the plate. Hold it down with a clamp and make the hole larger. Ideally, make it larger on the parts where dents or other evidence of it being hit have occurred.
  • When the striker plate is misaligned, try moving the plate up or down so that the latch hits it in the right place. Extend the mortise, or recessed block, behind the striker plate. Lengthen the top or bottom of the mortise with a wood chisel. Use wood putty or glue to fill in the gap.