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Old 04-13-2010, 12:56 PM   #1
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Does anyone know how I tighten this screw on the screen door holding clip?

All I need to do is tighten the screw.It looks like it might have been screwed on from inside the door...or I'll have to tug to unclip it somewhere, and get to the screw head?
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Old 04-13-2010, 01:07 PM   #2
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Does the top part slide, or unclip? If so, slide it as far as you can to expose the screw head then tighten the exposed screw.
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Those latches will come apart... Be carefull they have a loadded spring in them. I prefer to mess with them when it is hot outside. This helps them give a little more without braking.

With a small but sturdy flat blade (screwdriver) pry the two black pices apart (under the catch side (left side in picture) while pushing the latch (Backwards if I remember right)... it will take brute force to do this...then you will be able to tighten the screws.
Those latches are available from airstream if it does decide to brake. I think they were $13.00

This is one of those project that you just have to do and not be afaraid of because they are HARD to get apart.

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To get at the screw you have to dissassemble the catch. Slide the catch to it's stop and using a block of wood and hammer hit the slide in the direction against the spring tension. Be ready to find the itsy bitsy spring which will probably go flying. 50/50 chance of breaking it. Those catches are no longer available. Inland RV has a replacement catch. Even if you get it off OK you may have to drill new screw holes as the old ones are worn. If you get it off OK it's also a bugger to put back together without breaking it.
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Thank you

Thank you, I was forcing it, and not sure if I should..so I will force just a little more! I appreciate it.
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Now that I try and remember, maybe you have to hit it in the direction of the spring tension. Sorry I'm not sure which way. Maybe someone else can help.
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I have never tride the hammer trick...I would lose the spring for sure...I bought some new ones last spring while in jackson center, but that doesent mean they still have them.
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Slide it back to the open position. Use a 1 or 1/2 inch thin/stiff blade putty knife - slide that between the body and slide portion. Push down and turn the blade. There are two "ears" that hold the slide in place. They will break at times but I've taken at least 5 apart without that happening. As metioned - watch for the spring. Mine are all riveted in place....

The part cannnot be bought alone but if your trying to stay vintage you can part one out of this door latch.

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The warmer the plastic is the easier it is to pop them apart...
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Smile It worked

Thanks..that worked well!
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