Re: Repairing Strike Plate
That is indeed a mess, but an easy fix.
Start by getting yourself some white glue or wood glue and some wooden toothpicks.
Dip a toothpick in the glue, then smear it in one of the screw holes, pushing the toothpick in to its widest point. Grab another toothpick and repeat the process into the same hole until you can't push anymore toothpicks in. Lightly tap the tips of the toothpicks to tightly wedge them into the hole and leave the whole thing to dry for a 15 minutes to an hour. Repeat this process with each screw hole until all are filled.
Once the glue has sufficiently dried, use a utility knife to trim the toothpicks flush with the strike plate mortise. Set your new plate in place, mark and predrill a starter hole for the screws, then set the strike plate.
If the hole is ragged around the strike plate, you can fill with a good wood filler after the strike plate is installed and touch up the paint. If the plate doesn't sit flush with the surface of the jamb leg, then you can deepen the mortise or shim the plate a little to get a perfect fit.
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