Over ten years ago I pretty much replaced all the doorknobs in our
house as the old ones were corroded or scuzzy looking. Our house is
over 50 years old and the hole in each door was sort of just a half
moon shape, or half circle shape, and replacing the knobs was quite
easy. THis weekend I had to replace another one and I went to two
different stores and it seems the standard now is the hole in the door
is a large circle. Am I right that this is the new standard? Or does
anyone know if I can still get the doorknobs that fit the smaller half-
moon door hole?
I've been putting locksets in doors for over 20 years now, on doors
dating as far back as 80 years and they all had round holes in the
doors. New doors, old doors, original locksets... all with circular
How would you drill half a hole? You'd have to cut it by hand, and
that's not "easy" in my book.
My house is early 1800s, and I have yet to find a door with a round hole.
I've found half-circles but mostly small squares, which were clearly hand
hewn, like everything else in the house. The real problem I have is that all
the exterior doors are much too thick to accommodate modern handles or
locks. When I had to replace the knob on the front door I had to have the
locksmith make one custom. I had a very funky knob on a set of interior
french doors which had all sort of hole and slits. I ended up getting a
regular doorknob had to fill in all the holes and slits and repaint the
door. The locksmith bought the glass knob, brass plate, and the broken metal
pieces from me to use to fix other older doors. As I recall, it ended up
being an even trade, even though he had to make a house call.
On Nov 24, 9:19 am, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Interesting that you've never come across this. I guess it is best
described as a D-shaped hole which the stem of the lock set goes
through, and at least in my area it must've been standard because when
I replaced our doorknobs over ten years ago they fit fine!
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