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Closet Door Ball Latches

Discussion in 'Homeowners Corner' started by Skimout, Feb 15, 2007.

  1. Skimout

    Skimout New Member

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    Has anyone been successful at replacing the really cheap ball latches Van Metre installed on most of the closet doors. All of ours have "popped out" and I can't find the proper replacements.

    We live in the Southern Walk Townhomes...not sure if they used these everywhere or not.
     
  2. tvl

    tvl New Member

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    Sounds like what we have in the north. You can find the parts at Home Depot (haven't checked Lowes). I end up ripping out the whole hardware and putting in a new one. Home Depot usually has two types in stock, both are better then the ones Van Metre put in, but they do have a plate as part of the mounting, so you may have to counter sink them a little into the top of the door. But I've never had to replace them once I take the time to remove the Van Metre one.
     
  3. Redolant

    Redolant New Member

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    Old thread bump but I need to replace two of these, anyone know the diameter of the old ones?
     
  4. Redolant

    Redolant New Member

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  5. MJD

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    Thanks for the link! About half of ours have popped out.
     
  6. L0stS0ul

    L0stS0ul hmmmm

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  7. Capricorn1964

    Capricorn1964 Well-Known Member

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    I use oil and the oil worked well for the closet door ball latches if its difficult to close because the balls have long dried out.
     
  8. KTdid

    KTdid Well-Known Member

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    The balls are adjustable by pushing and turning simultaneously (I think it's counter clockwise if it's too tight). You'll have to play with it to figure out which direction to turn it.
     

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