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Old 06-03-2009, 07:01 AM   #1
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How to remove this catch?

I posted this question a couple of days ago, but I think my message and pics were some of thse that got lost in cyber space.

How in the world do I remove the brown plastic latch from my screen door? I know that they no longer make this exact latch but that a replacement is available. So how do I get it off!

Thanks, Annette
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:12 AM   #2
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Drive the top off the base with a deftly placed blow.

Use a hammer and a piece of scrap wood. Hit the end edge of the sliding piece to drive it backwards. The spring inside will want to go flying. Then you will find 2 small screws in the base that attaches the latch to the screen door.

Removing is easy. Putting them back together again.... That's the catch.

BTW, If you get it off without breaking it and don't want it I'll take it.
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ps, Annette:

I bet your camera has a macro mode switch. It usually has a symbol looks like a little flower. If you engage that when you take close-ups, you'll be amazed at how much more clearly they come out!
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Old 06-03-2009, 07:28 AM   #4
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Slide your latch to the fully open position - slide a thin stiff putty knife under the rear edge between the slide and body - pry gently up and at an angle. The top is held in the bottom by two "ears". Just being nosy - why would you want to take them off if I can be so bold as to ask.....
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:21 AM   #5
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Slide your latch to the fully open position - slide a thin stiff putty knife under the rear edge between the slide and body - pry gently up and at an angle. The top is held in the bottom by two "ears". Just being nosy - why would you want to take them off if I can be so bold as to ask.....

The tip of the catch is broken off and it would hold the door open.

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Old 06-11-2009, 04:31 PM   #6
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Once you remove them, I would save these parts. These latches are no longer made and are like gold now. Even if the top latch doesn't work in this application it might in another.

Believe me when I say the springs are especially valuable. They have a tendency to fly away.
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When you say the catch tip is broken do you mean the slide latch in the picture you are trying to remove - or do you mean the milky white piece that is on the door frame edge that the above slides over to hold the screen closed. I do realize you may just be showing that one as an example and that there is (was) one on the side of the trailer and a catch on the outer door edge also.

The milky white piece that goes over the frame edge is still available.
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Once you remove them, I would save these parts. These latches are no longer made and are like gold now. Even if the top latch doesn't work in this application it might in another.

Believe me when I say the springs are especially valuable. They have a tendency to fly away.
Everyone says that and I believed it too. So I bought up every one that appeared on Ebay a couple years ago. Even Inland RV has said they are not available. Airstream, while I was at the factory said they were not available. Then looking in their lobby store - bingo there they were. You just have to be willing to pay for the extra parts.

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Gary,
Yes, you can still find them and when you do they're expensive, but my understanding is that they're no longer being made.
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