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Old 06-12-2006, 01:09 PM   #1
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I have an old exterior door with a spread of 3 1/2" for the handle and deadbolt. I want to install a new handle set that will have holes above and beneath the old holes. Any creative way to fill the old holes or cover them so I don't have to buy a new door?

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I have an old exterior door with a spread of 3 1/2" for the handle and deadbolt. I want to install a new handle set that will have holes above and beneath the old holes. Any creative way to fill the old holes or cover them so I don't have to buy a new door?

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Are the new holes too far away for backing plates? Maybe one small plate at each end will cover up the old?

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Use epoxy wood filler. Look up 'Abatron' on the web. they sell several size containers that you:

mix, apply, sand smooth, and paint.....If you are going to stain, then leave a 'thickness' space and apply normal wood filler that you can stain.
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Good idea, thanks.

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What kind of door is it? Is it a wood door?
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I have an old exterior door with a spread of 3 1/2" for the handle and deadbolt. I want to install a new handle set that will have holes above and beneath the old holes. Any creative way to fill the old holes or cover them so I don't have to buy a new door?

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Hi Dave,

If the door is paint-grade finish, you should remove the old locks, and pack the hole with a dutch-man.

A dutch-man is wood that you use to fill-in the hole.


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There are also brass plates that will cover the whole area (no pun intended) then place your new lock set and it will look great.
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If the door is painted you should cut a plug (best to use same type of wood as door, and orient the grain the same direction) and glue it in with a two part epoxy. I guess the new waterproof one part glues will work too, but epoxy is a forever deal. If the door is stained, you best hope is to search until you find a hardware set with trim plate that will entirely cover the old location, any kind of repair short of furniture quality will look like a sore thumb.

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