Reinforcing a Door
Simple blocking can help reinforce the strike plate on a garage door.
After replacing the bent and deformed deadbolt on my garage door after a recent break-in, I discovered that our cheaply built garage only had single king stud framing at the door. When pressure was applied to the locked door, the stud along the lock side could twist. With enough force this twist would allow the deadbolt to slide right out of the catch. I’ve added some simple 2×4 blocking to the lock side of the door. Now there is no twist, and nobody is kicking in my new deadbolt. I would even add this to a normal Jack/King stud arrangement for more rigidity.