Posted November 16, 2013
The magnet is very weak. The screw holding the strike plate extends out from the plate and is not flush with the plate surface. I drilled the hole deeper in the strike plate to allow the screw head to be flush with the surface. The holding force of the magnet is still minimal. The catch was used to hold a door on a mantle clock closed. It works, but would be better with a little more force.
5/16 catch is not worth the...
Posted October 19, 2011
5/16 catch is not worth the time or money to install. The retaining screw countersink is too small which prevents the magnetic catch to nothing. I also had problems with stripping the screw head - even drilled a pilot hole and had issues with several hand screw drivers. Had to drill the barrel hole bigger and glue the barrel in place.
Ordered these for a pocket door...
Posted December 19, 2010
Ordered these for a pocket door that didn't quite stay closed on its own, sort of floated back a few inches. The 7/16 catch is just strong enough to hold the door closed, very easy for a child to pull it back open.
The holding power of the 5/6...
Posted November 26, 2010
The holding power of the 5/6 catch is minimal. As pointed out by Marc Stone, the countersink on the strike plate is so shallow that the projecting screw head prevents really close contact with the magnets. I deepened the countersinks, but why can't they get it right at the factory? I also installed the round strike plate in a shallow recess cut with a ½ forstner bit, and I positioned an O-ring behind the plate. That allows for some in/out adjustment for the best possible contact.
Regarding the 5/16 catch- the retaining...
Posted July 3, 2010
Regarding the 5/16 catch- the retaining screw holds the magnets apart and makes for a weak catch. Bigger magnets or deeper countersink is needed to make this product work. Now I have to deal with the holes in my table.