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Dec. 10, 1946.
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R. P. EDWARDS
2,412,497 '
‘ STRIKE PLATE OR DOOR LATCH KEEPER
Filed Dec. 13, 1944
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INVENTOR.‘
Rich/men P. EDIYHRDS,
BVYW 2,
Patented Dec. 10, 1946
2,412,497
UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE
2,412,497
STRIKE PLATE 0R DOOR LATCH KEEPER
I Richard P. Edwards, Webster Groves, Mo.
Application December 13, 1944, Serial No. 567,943
1 Claim.
(Cl. 292-340)
1
2
This invention relates speci?cally to a strike
plate or door latch keeper; and it has general
reference to a novel and more accurately and
Fig. 3 is an outer side elevation of said strike
plate or door latch keeper and the horizontally
adjustable bracket mounted thereon.
Fig. 4 is a horizontal sectional view of the strike
plate or door latch keeper on the line 4-4 of Fig.
3, a portion of the door jamb, door and door latch
being indicated by broken lines.
easily adjustable device, of strong and lasting
nature, for engaging and holding the sliding door
latch to prevent the door from oscillating and
thereby prevent the latch from rattling when
My improved strike plate or door latch keeper
the door is closed.
comprises a body portion l of about the same
An object of the invention is to provide an
improved strike plate or door latch keeper hav 10 length and width as the ordinary strike plate
ing a body portion of about the same length as
or door latch keeper in substitution for which it
is used. Said body portion i has a rigid lateral
the ordinary strike plate or door latch keeper,
extension 2 arranged to seat against the bottom
in substitution for which it is to be used, and
of a complementary recess in the exposed sur
having a rigid lateral extension arranged to seat
against the exposed surface of the door jamb in 15 face of the door jamb 3 in front of and in hori
zontal alinement with the usual latch keeper re
front of and in horizontal alinement with the
cess ii in said door jamb. According to practice,
usual latch keeper recess in said door jamb; in
the body portion of the usual strike plate or door
cooperative combination with a bracket extend
latch keeper is attached to the door jamb 3 in a
ing across that portion of said strike plate or
door latch keeper at and beyond the outer side 20 recess having a depth equal to the thickness of
said body portion. The body portion I of my
wall of said recess, and having laterally extended
improved strike plate is arranged to ?t and seat
portions in said recess and beyond the outer sur
in the same recess. Thus, when the strike plate
face of said extension of said latch plate, re
or door latch keeper is attached to the door jamb,
spectively, and an actuating screw having screw
the outer or exposed surface of said body portion
threaded connection in said rigid lateral ex
l is even or flush with the surface of the door
tension of said strike plate or latch keeper and
jamb.
also having swivel connection with said lat
According to my invention and as stated, the
erally extended portions on said bracket, where
rigid lateral extension 2 is preferably seated in a
by rotation of said screw will move said bracket
in a straight line to different adjusted positions 30 complementary recess in the outer side edge of
the door jamb, so that its outer surface is even
for accurate cooperation with the latch extend
ing through said plate and into said keeper re
or flush with the surface of said outer side edge.
The extension 2 is formed with a screwthreaded
hole about midway of its vertical length and
Another object of the invention is to provide
a strike plate or door latch keeper having an 35 spaced slightly from the adjacent body portion
of the strike plate or door latch keeper. A notch
opening for receiving the door latch, in com
or groove 5 is formed in the door jamb 3 opposite
bination with a bracket extending through said
or in horizontal alinement with said screwthread
opening, means interlocking said bracket with
ed hole, and opens into the latch keeper recess
the inner side of said latch plate above and below
said opening, and means for moving said bracket 40 4 in said door jamb. The body portion I has
an opening 6 through which the usual latch bolt
to and rigidly holding the same in different se
1 extends into the latch keeper recess 4 when
lected adjustments for engaging the door latch
to prevent vibration and rattling of the door
the door 8 is closed.
The part 9 of the strike plate or door latch
when closed.
Various other objects and advantages will be 45 keeper with which the extension 2 is formed
integral and which is beyond the outer side wall
apparent from the following description, refer
of the latch keeper recess 4, is bent laterally
ence being made to the annexed drawing, in
beyond the plane of the body portion I to pro
Which
vide a horizontal groove or space 10, preferably
Fig. l is a plan view showing the concealed
side of my improved strike plate or door latch 50 of about the same depth as the thickness of said
cess.
keeper having the adjustable bracket mounted
thereon and interlocked therewith for horizontal
adjustment.
Fig. 2 is an outer side edge elevation of my
improved strike plate or door latch keeper.
body portion l. A bracket is adjustably seated
in said groove or space Ill against the outer sur
face of the bent portion 9, and has its outer sur
face even or ?ush with the outer surface of the
55 body portion I. Said bracket comprises a sliding
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From the foregoing, it is evident that my im
part I I seated in said groove or space I0 as afore
said, a laterally extended portion I2 in the latch
keeper recess 4 of the door jamb, and a comple
proved strike plate or door latch keeper attains all
of its intended objectives and may be manufac
tured and assembled at permissible cost, may be
mentary laterally extended portion I3 outwardly
beyond the extension 2 of the body portion I.
A screw I4 extends through an unscrewthreaded
originally attached to a door jamb, or may be
substituted for the usual strike plate or door
hole in the extension I3, is screwed through the
aforesaid screwthreaded hole in the extension 2,
holes I8 in the body portion I in the same location
and is formed with a head I5 having a swivel
as the holes for attaching screws in the usual
latch keeper by attaching screws passing through
connection with the extension I2 of the bracket. 10 strike plate. To make substitution, it is only
necessary to form the notch or recess 5 and a
The head I6 of said screw is rotative against the
notch for the extension 2, and then attach my
improved strike plate by screws extended
through the holes I8 and into holes in the door
bracket extension I3. It is evident that rotation
of the screw I4 in one direction will move the
bracket inwardly across the part 9 of the strike
plate, and will hold said bracket in the adjust-V
ment and position to which it is moved; and
that rotation of said screw in the opposite direc
tion will move said bracket outwardly across
said part 9 of the strike plate, and will hold the
same in the position and adjustment to which it
is moved by said rotation of said screw. The
screw I4 extends through the notch or groove 5.
jamb.
The bracket II—I2-—I3 may then be
adjusted in proper position to cooperate with the
latch bolt 1 of the door to hold the door securely
closed and prevent rattling. I contemplate such
variations in the construction and arrangement
as may be within the scope of equivalent limits.
I claim:
A device of the character described, comprising
a-plate for attachment to a door jamb and having
The head I5 may be formed on the screw after
an opening for receiving a latch bolt and having
said screw has been mounted in the screwthreaded
hole in the extension 2, so that the parts will be 25 a groove in horizontal alinement with said open
ing, a lateral, extension integral with the outer
edge of said plate and having a screw-threaded
held in close operative assembly. The extension
I2 has ends I? projecting upwardly and down
wardly beyond the upper and lower ends of the
opening 6 and engaging closely against the inner
side of the body portion I. This positively pre
vents said bracket from being loosened by action
and operation of the latch bolt l against the
outer portion of said bracket during closing or
other movement of the door 8. Therefore, the ad
justable bracket has interlocking engagement
hole therethrough, a bracket seated in said groove
in said plate and having one extension project~
ing through said opening and having a comple
mentary extension outwardly beyond said lateral
extension on said plate, parts on said one exten
sion engaging the inner side of said plate above
and below said opening, and a screw extending
35
through and having screw-threaded engagement
with the strike plate or door latch keeper, and is
in said hole and having swivel engagement with
positively prevented from displacement by re
peated opening and closing of the door. The
both of said two last named extensions on said
bracket for moving said bracket to and holding
said bracket in di?erent adjusted positions for
screw Iii with its inner head‘ I 5 and outer head I6
closely engages the extensions I2 and I3 and the 40 cooperation with said latch bolt.
extension 2, and is frictionally held from dis
RICHARD P. EDWARDS.
placement and accidental rotation.
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