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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 03-09-2014 09:01 PM 963 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlesA

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03-09-2014 09:01 PM

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The lock on our front door cut stuck yesterday leading to a long, pain in the rear experience (all of us now have keys to all our doors!). But it looks like we need to replace this look, the original one, as far as I can tell, on our 1927 house. I’ve attached three pictures. I’d prefer not to replace the door, and the kind of modern locks one finds at the Borg would require some modifications. Is it possible to find a lock that would just fit in to the currrent openings/mortises?

Thought someone on LJ might have some experience Any ideas?

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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#1 posted 03-09-2014 09:23 PM

try this

http://www.houseofantiquehardware.com/mortise-door-lock-set?GCID=S14464x015&KEYWORD=mortise%20locksets&partner=gpc&gclid=CJCEwtSuhr0CFYZcMgodW2gAoQ

keep in mind there are different types and sizes

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#2 posted 03-09-2014 09:45 PM

That is a beautiful old lock. It would IMHO be worth getting it looked at by a competant locksmith, even if you just get a quote and advice.I can’t see you getting a new one but maybe in the very BIg USA you can.I wish you well as said this is a very lovely well made lock design. Alistair

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#3 posted 03-09-2014 10:11 PM

thanks to both of you. I’ll look into some replacements and I’ll check a locksmith. I’d love to keep if if it won’t stick again.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 03-10-2014 01:52 AM

Charles, here’s another site where you can get a replacement. They sell antique pieces as well as some new. What you have looks like an exterior dead bolt with night latches. Not an easy piece to find new (or cheap). I second what SCOTSMAN said about checking a locksmith for possible repairs. They may also have or be able to get a replacement too.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#5 posted 03-10-2014 01:58 AM

Thanks, Tom. I’ve contacted the two places suggested and also sent an email to a really good locksmith in town. I appreciate the help.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#6 posted 03-10-2014 02:21 AM

I had an older lock that was getting very stiff. I sprayed a bunch of that graphite spray in everywhere I could spray it and it now works like new. Your mileage may vary.

Locksmith would be my next step.

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#7 posted 03-10-2014 02:27 AM

That’s just it—it’s not stiff. When the key turned part way and stopped, it was more like apiece,of metal had jammed it. I could jiggle the key, move it back and forth slightly, but it wouldn’t move very far in either direction.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#8 posted 03-10-2014 02:29 AM

Charles, That’s EXACTLY what mine was doing!

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#9 posted 03-10-2014 02:41 AM

Huh. Okay. I’ll do some work with it.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#10 posted 03-10-2014 12:43 PM

Charles,

My mother-in-law was having the same issues, with the same type of lock. I used dry Teflon spray instead of graphite, but it fixed the problem.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#11 posted 03-10-2014 02:28 PM

Charles, I looked and my spray is called “lock Ease” lock fluid. Came from HD or Lowes

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