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Old 01-20-2008, 11:59 PM   #1
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Replacing mortise locks?


We just bought an old pre-war conodo which at one point had full mortise locks on the interior doors. The locks were all taken and we would like to use mortise locks on the non-locking doors, but would like to use a modern button privacy lock for the bathroom and bedroom.

We want to re-use the old doors that are still in place - if at all possible.

-- For the mortise locks, are there any online sources and/or local stores in the NYC that have a varied selection of mortise hardware and knob options?

-- For converting the mortise doors to button privacy locks, are there any in-expensive sets that help with converting the door, without filling the mortise hole, and still using the origianl strike location?

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Old 01-21-2008, 03:17 AM   #2
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Try www.rensup.com I have purchased from them in the past and the quality was excellent

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Old 01-22-2008, 02:55 PM   #3
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You should be able to find the mortise in downtown Manhattan hardware stores. Even in the outer boroughs will have them in the older hardware stores. As said before, they are available online with a simple search.
There is no magic way of converting these to modern hardware without using wood blocks to fill in the mortises. You should get them as close to possible to the hole size. Polyurethane glue will fill in some minor gaps.
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Thanks a ton guys. I'll look around as you said. Sorry to hear there is no conversion filler kit for the holes though...

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There are modernization kits available to install modern turn knob locks. We use these kits all the time in an old town and they price about $40. They look great, however, there is a little work involved to install these kits.

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Old 01-30-2008, 06:27 PM   #6
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Try Don-jo.com for an assortment of whats available on updating.

Matching to the strike plate is something you kind of have to work out in the field.
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There are modernization kits available to install modern turn knob locks. We use these kits all the time in an old town and they price about $40. They look great, however, there is a little work involved to install these kits.

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Hi, new here, ran across this thread doing a search for conversion backplates to convert a mortise lock to a modern lockset.
par3144 where can I get these conversion kits??
chins01 hope it is ok to use your thread? I figured since it was old it would be no problem
thanks in advance for any help
going to look around some more
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