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For on my deadbolt project...

Posted by Deanna on February 22nd, 2001 11:20 AM

Thanks for asking, bc!

The deadbolt is in and works perfectly. However, my mortising technique needs a little practice. Guess that comes with time. I learned a few things on this project...such as:

1. Don't apply a lot of pressure to the drill, let IT do the work

2. Don't use the paper template as a guide for the SIZE you need to chisel out for the latch plate...use the latch plate itself! (I chiseled out a space that is about 1/4" too tall for the latch plate, so I guess I can patch the space with wood putty?)

3. I CANNOT screw a 3" screw into a wood stud by HAND. No matter how hard I tried, all I succeeded in doing was spraining my wrist. So I went out and bought a drill with a selection of screwdriver bits and voila...screw's in nice and tight!

Thanks for asking, it works perfectly. Couldn't have done it without the advice (and moral support!) I receive from all of you here on the BV board!!

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