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Old 07-24-2013, 09:26 PM   #1
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Screen door latch holder-downer

The exterior door has a plastic nub that when the screen door is mated to the exterior door holds the screen door latch handle down so the latch won't try to grab the door frame.

Our nub's screws are stripped-- new 2013 Sunseeker btw-- so the nub won't keep the position to keep the screen handle in place.

Is this common? Is is easy to fix? I'm worried I may need to make new holes that are too close to the existing stripped holes.

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Old 07-24-2013, 09:33 PM   #2
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Can you use larger screws ?
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:35 PM   #3
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wont a couple of these work?
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wont a couple of these work?
I don't know how to fix this, which is why I'm asking for suggestions. My skills are generally elsewhere.

Larger screws seems a good idea. I suppose unscrew what I have here and find something of the same length but wider?

Thanks for your patience.
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Pack the boogered holes well with JB weld (or some such compound that will dry hard), then after it's dry, drill a pilot hole into it and screw it back down. If the old screw pulled out, there's a void in the door where the screws were; packing them before reattaching will give something for new screws to bite into! If it were a solid door, I'd say just fill the hole with toothpicks and insert a new screw. That's what carpenters/woodworkers do!
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I don't know how to fix this, which is why I'm asking for suggestions. My skills are generally elsewhere.

Larger screws seems a good idea. I suppose unscrew what I have here and find something of the same length but wider?

Thanks for your patience.
I'd go with what I've suggested....get a couple screw anchors
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Screw stripped------------

First I would try a little larger screw. Take your existing screw to your local LOWE'S, match with a little larger screw (sheet metal screw) for the job with a screw of the same length but just a little larger in diameter. Make sure it is a sheet metal screw for the doors main surface inside is thin aluminum. I would be hesitant about using the plastic anchors for the door is full of Styrofoam and the anchor will not hold in the foam, just making the existing hole much, much too large for the anchor. If the anchor was too fail, now your hole is way too large for any
size screw. If all else fails, you can get a similar thickness of aluminum, cut a small square patch that will attaché to the door with four screws holding the
( 2"X2" Square) to start with a new two holes for the latch.

Good luck with your repair.

If you are going to the factory rally, submit a work request to have the door
repaired by the Techs. This can be done on line at the frog registration site.
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Thanks all. I put some JB Weld in the holes just as extra goodness, then screwed in #10 sheet metal screws (originals were #8) and so far so good. The screws have good bite, I hope they last longer than the factory install did.
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