To anyone that has a working door latch, can you post a picture showing how the latch engages the wall frame to hold it closed? I don't see how the parts I have are supposed to do anything useful at all for holding the door closed. I can imagine lots of mechanical modifications that will fix the problem but I'd love to know if anyone has been able to get it work with a stock installation and what it looks like. If this isn't possible, I would love to get some ideas on modifications.
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Here's my door latch installation. It uses the wall post as the solid latch point. As far as I know, this is the recommended installation.
In my case, I was being far too gentle with the door. With significant effort, I can latch the door to match the picture provided by Rodney. Adjusting the walls did nothing useful. Also in my case, once latched, the edge of the door is diving into the rubber gasket right at the latch a tad more than I'd like to see but I have to say that the extra force caused the seal in the corners to improve dramatically. I consider this to now be a solved problem and the source of the problem was lack of full understanding of the mechanics.
Marc, in order for the latch to engage behind the post, the walls need to be very round. I had to loosen every wall panel in my dome and then measure from the center to each post to ensure the walls formed an almost perfect circle. BTW, this will help the dome rotator, if you have one, to better ensure the track doesn't pull away from the dome track sprocket.
Wow. The best I can get is for the lock bar to hit the _middle_ of the wall post. I have to damage things to get it this far. Strange. Perhaps I need to take a closer look at what I might be missing. Your post also looks a lot more square to the bar than mine. That could be part of the problem, but not all.