Fixing A Broken Latch and how to Fix It
The door latch side of my doorframe is broken. Would you tell me how to replace it?
First, remove the trim piece from the door frame that travels vertically down its center. Use a razor knife to put a slit in the paint between the trim and the frame so that it can be removed without damage. One or both casings (trim molding between the door frame and the wall) also should be removed depending on whether either would restrict the repair.
With the trim removed you can easily re-glue the damaged section or cut it out and patch it. A jigsaw is best for cutting out a damaged piece. Use lots of glue and plenty of screws or nails to connect the new piece. Remember, with the stop and the casing removed you are simply dealing with a long, narrow, flat piece of wood that is held to the framed door opening with nails and shim-shingles. No brain surgery here. For long splits simply glue and clamp the separated pieces. Once the patch (or clamped job) is completed a little Bondo is all it will take to hide even the worst of connections.