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Old 08-20-2010, 09:23 AM   #1
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Can anyone offer any suggestions on how I might locate replacement parts or a complete replacement for a 1940's mortise lock on my front door?

Ideally I would like to replace a few missing screws along with a new cylinder and possibly a new latch handle and door knob.

Any thought about where I might find this stuff in the Toronto area would be appreciated!

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Old 08-20-2010, 09:33 AM   #2
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Try these: http://yahoo.yellowpages.ca/search/?...C+ON&x=22&y=15

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You could try the nearest wrecking yard.

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There are a lot of companies here in the US that specialize in selling antique mortise locks and parts. I don't know if there are any in Canada, but you could always have them shipped I'm sure.

Here is one link: http://www.historichouseparts.com/vi...tise_locks.htm
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HD and Lowes both sell mortise locks but they are not very secure for an entry door.
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Thanks for all the resources. I'll check them out! I have also seen the HD and Lowes locks but as mentioned they are not sufficient for an entry door.

Thanks again and I will update with details once I have more info.
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Can anyone offer any suggestions on how I might locate replacement parts or a complete replacement for a 1940's mortise lock on my front door?

Ideally I would like to replace a few missing screws along with a new cylinder and possibly a new latch handle and door knob.

Any thought about where I might find this stuff in the Toronto area would be appreciated!

Thanks
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:03 AM   #10
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came across this recently...

http://www.isilverplating.com/

Not too far from Toronto

http://www.isilverplating.com/Locks_and_Hard.html (see bottom left)

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Thanks for all the great suggestions. I was able to locate 2 stores in the Toronto area that were extermely helpful. The first was Pro Locksmiths on Mt. Pleasant. http://www.prolocksmiths.com/

They sell new hardware and offer a good selection of High Quality Mortise Locks. I was able to get a replacement Baldwin cylinder here although they also offer a few other options.

The other place is The Door Store on Castlefield. http://www.thedoorstore.ca/

This place has a massive amount of antique hardware and was helpful in finding a few small missing parts for my existing lock.

Hopefully this is useful for someone else in the future!
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I too purchased a Baldwin Mortise lock, great value with lifetime warranty. Purchased almost 9 years ago and I called about a finishing problem on unit and they delivered a new unit to me no questions asked!
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I would start with a few architectural salvage yards. Another little known source is any surviving old neighborhood hardware stores. Not the flashy new Ace or True Value, but a store in an older area of town where the sign might typically say something like "Joe's Hardware, Est 1938". These old places are an unknown gold mine for hardware that was prevelant in their time, and got stored in the back room over the years. Locks, old lamp parts, old plumbing parts, you name it, they have made my life easy on many jobs.

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