Finishing door latches

posted Jul 17, 2012, 7:05 AM by Bill Thomasson   [ updated Jul 17, 2012, 7:22 AM ]
Assembled the latch & handle.  A roll pin is put through the assembly which acts to keep the handle in place until the button is pressed, keeping it from turning accidentally.  I found I had to file the oval opening in which it is supposed to slide quite a bit so that it would slide freely when the button was pressed.
Finished installing door latch and planearround center latch.  Overall the door latches took as long to complete as the fiberglass fitting. (not finishing).
Laying out the parts to see how they will fit.
Holes cut and racks in door.
Latch installed.  It took quite a bit of wiggling to get the gear into the racks.  Finally I took some masking tape and used it to pull the racks to the top and bottom and to hold them, and the gear went in better..
Drilled the holes for the pins to go through, then added the pin guides.
Overall the latches, and especially the planearrownd center latch instructions are difficult to follow.  The planearrownd instructions expect you to be retro-fitting it in an existing installation, so you bounce back and forth between Vans and planarrownd instructions.  It would be nice for planearound to re-do their instructions for new installs.  Doing some of it before the door halves are glued would probably have been easier as well.
Latch installed and center latch.
Door opener installed.
It holds the door open!  Main fitting and installation of doors is complete.