Jamb-Marking Trick

When it's time to install the strike plate for a new lockset, I place a small piece of double-stick tape on the end of a retracted dead bolt. Then I close the door and turn the bolt as if I'm locking it. The tape comes off the bolt and sticks to the jamb at the exact location where I need to chisel out the strike plate's mortise. Works like a charm!

Mark Polivka, Dallas
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