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Old 04-18-2012, 04:48 AM   #1
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Replacing mortise door lock without drilling


I have an old mortise doorlock which has a doorknob and deadbolt slightly above it. I measured the size of the piece inside the door but the only mortise doorknobs I saw would require new holes to be drilled for the knob and/or the deadbolt.

How could I find a drop in replacement or find a way to replace this doorknob without any drilling of the door itself.

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Post a picture if you can---

The obvious answer is to get an exact replacement or repair the old lock set---
An old time locksmith can rebuild a mortised lock set---an architectural salvage yard ( or E-bay) might also have an antique replacement.

Why is drilling out of the question?

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The obvious answer is to get an exact replacement or repair the old lock set---
An old time locksmith can rebuild a mortised lock set---an architectural salvage yard ( or E-bay) might also have an antique replacement.

Why is drilling out of the question?
I will post a picture. Drilling is out of the question because it is just too much work and I don't have a drill.

With the lock I am not sure how to remove the lock cylinder piece as well and I know different locks have different ways to uninstall.
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Google images should help---Any good lock smith can help---I suggest repairring the old one.
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Google images should help---Any good lock smith can help---I suggest repairring the old one.
The one I have now has a tiny turnknob for the deadbolt portion and the lock isnt as high away from the doornobs as others so I was having a hard time finding the appropriate parts.
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Your picture will help--there are a few antique house restorers on this site--along with home owners who have these old style locksets still in use.

Somewhere in the basement I have a box full of old mortised lock sets---I find the old things fasinating and can't throw them away---
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I will post a picture. Drilling is out of the question because it is just too much work and I don't have a drill.

With the lock I am not sure how to remove the lock cylinder piece as well and I know different locks have different ways to uninstall.
At the edge of the door and directly in line with the mortise cylinder will be a screw (there could be a pair of screws). Loosen the screw several turns and the cylinder will thread out of the lock. If it's a pair, loosen the one closest to the cylinder. If no screws are visible, then it may have a "scalp". Remove the two small screws that hold the scalp. Behind that you'll find the cylinder retainer screw(s). There are many, many configurations of mortise sets. Finding a direct replacement could prove to be a challenge as all of the old cast iron cased residential ones are long obsolete. If the problem with your old lock is a broken spring or two, then a good locksmith can make a new one. Knobs, escutcheons and spindles on these can all be bought new and replaced.

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