We have a great glass-paned exterior door we want to keep, but we need
to replace the non-functioning handle mechanism that the door currently
has. The trouble is, the current handle mechanism seems to be of some
obsolete design so we can't find an obvious replacement model.
On the outside, there is a large plate with a thumb lever high on the
plate, pretty much parallel to where the latch goes into the doorframe.
On the inside, however, the doorhandle is two or three inches below
the latch (so there is an additional mechanical bit to allow the handle
to control the latch). I presume the nature of this design is why ours
failed and why there is a dearth of replacement mechanisms of this type
We could adapt the door to accomodate a different system, but this
raises some other difficulties (that I won't mention here) so we'd
rather find something in the same style with which to repace the
existing unit. Does this style of mechanism sound familiar? Is there
a name for it that might help me search for a replacement? Any
particular online sites I should visit?
Thanks in advance for any advice!
Chuck here again, with a correction to my preceding post: Actually the
thumb level on the exterior side of the door is also below where the
latch goes into the doorframe; it is a little about the level of the of
the interior knob mechanism, but still below the latch.
There are restoration hardware sites on the net, but I don't know of any
with actual door mechanism like that, mostly handles, trims, drawer
pulls, etc. I don't know if ebay would have something like that either,
you could try, browsing through various categories. We have a local
Restore Habitat, I believe there are several around the country, and
they had a table full of those type of things. Naturally not the kind I
If you are patient, I'm sure you will find one. Also you might ask on
freecycle. The problem with freecycle is that you can only join your
local group(s) usually and the stuff gets snapped up pretty fast. I
would not want to wade through the archived posts of all the groups.
Search door latch on ebay. 581 items. There are several listed in Home
and Garden and Antiques. H&G includes Building and Hardware, and
Antiques includes Architectural and Garden.
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