Could someone help? We live in a house built in 1902 and have Rim
Locks on all of our doors. We want to replace them, since many of
them don't latch anymore. When we removed one to replace it with a
standard interior door knob, we realized that our doors are too thin!
They are about an inch wide, whereas modern doors are 1 1/4 or 1 1/2
wide. Does anyone know of a place that I can find knobs that would
fit? Or what I'd use as a keyword to search online?
On Sat, 21 Mar 2009 18:13:47 -0700 (PDT), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I would start with doorknobs thin shipping . Shipping to find
mostly sites that sell things and don't just discuss them.
This gives 20,000 hits so it might be a good set of terms.
Then when you find non-useful meanings of thin repeating, like thin
layer, add -layer . This excluses anything that includes layer. Of
course it might exclude thin doors too.
Then look at the list again and find other words to exclude. I'm not
sure if excluding current brands like Shlage will also exclude the
sites you want.
Maybe add historic or antique. I haven't tried them.
Also keep your eyes open for houses of your period that are being torn
Just over the border from NYC, first exit in Connecticut, was a scrap
yard for old house parts. You could see it from the highway. I'm sure
there are plenty more but I don't know exactly how they are listed.
On 3/21/2009 5:13 PM email@example.com spake thus:
Depending on where you live, there may be a used/vintage building-supply
place that sells salvaged stuff, and maybe even some new reproduction
stuff for old houses. (There's a lot of repro stuff being made these
days.) I'm lucky to have several such places here, in the San Francisco
East Bay area. That would be the best place to look.
Made From Pears: Pretty good chance that the product is at least
Rather than replacement, consider repair.
If you have "rim" locks (A cast iron box surface mounted on the door) or
"mortise" locks (A cast iron box set into a pocket in the edge of the door.)
these locks can be overhauled by a locksmith to be good as new.
About the only thing that kills these locks is force sufficient to break the
case iron body of the lock. Usually the problem is minor like worn spindles
or broken springs.
Roger Shoaf (A locksmith)
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
I realize now that I answered the question asked but didn't read the
whole post... I had one mortise lock in a house I lived in where the
little cam inside had broken. Fortunately I was able to find a
replacement at one of those salvage places. Hopefully the OP has a
little mechanical aptitude and someplace like this nearby
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Did you try taking apart the locks, and see what's wrong?
Might be a wire brush and some grease would put them back
As for thin doors, not sure what to say. Modern locks go
down to 1 3/8 inch thickness. Thinner than that, you might
need to shim the door with some luan or other flat wood to
bring it to the modern thickness. Looks un-original, though.
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