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Cleaning and Repairing an Antique Mortise Door Lock
I just moved into an apartment with mortise door knobs in which I don't know the first thing about them I can fix modern locks but this is one I don't know where to begin my landlord said he fix them but I told him I want to because I never worked on locks like this any advice will be appreciated and thanks in advance.
bad advice. You cannot get these knobs at the hardware store! Try a product called break free. Talk to a plumber about it. Also try the other side of rThe jKnob if you didn't think of thatI've sometimes been able to remove one side but not the other - Pagen
Au contraire, mon frere-Aftermarket mortise lock knobs are easily available at many hardware and Big Box type stores. And there's always Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Ultra-Hardware-43010-Solid-Brass/dp/B002O75DBS/ref=sr_1_6/184-3008833-0059929?ie=UTF8&qid=1465012229&sr=8-6&keywords=Mortise+Door+Knobs. - dll932
You may have to apply a crescent wrench or vise grip type pliers to the ferrule (the metal part closest to the door) and use force to unscrew them CCW. This will likely destroy the knobs but they can be had at many hardware stores inexpensively. NOTE: I am assuming the knob setscrews have already been removed.
For anyone who has more questions, I would suggest googling the subject, because someone else is sure to have had the same problem you ran into. There are HUNDREDS of different mortise lock designs, if not more. That means sometimes only a general answer can be given here. If you know the name of the lock, try googling THAT. There is an amazing amount of material on the web about old locks.
I have a house full of glass doorknobs from the 50's. They are on spindles and should be simple to remove but alas......I am not a novice when it comes to removing old hardware but can't get these knobs off for the life of me. I have managed to get off 2 of them with no problem. The door knob won't turn off the spindle. I was turning them counterclockwise but as a last resort tried the other direction. I brought in the strongest brutes I know but they couldn't turn them. I tried WD40, didn't work. All screws have been removed easily. This is making me nuts!!!Any suggestions besides the obvious? Thanks
Would you have a similar lock in the house? Carefully removed and used as an example, it might serve.I would recommend just trying different assemblies, keeping track of how you put any particular part together...dead bolt assembly, for example.I had recently tried a piece of steel from a clock spring (wound type) as a replacement for the flat springs in a few locks. While not stiff enough by itself, a couple/three together might serve.I'm the type that needs a bunch of pieces in front of me to work, so sending me pics would probably not help.Sorry.
Hi,I came across an old Peterboro key lock for an interior(?) door. It had been taken apart and partially cleaned. I cleaned the rest, but now I need help putting it together again. I looks like all the parts are there. It has glass knobs and I have bought new stems/rods for them, because the old ones were worn. Could I send you pictures so you can identify the lock and hopefully give me instructions on how to pput it together. Of course I would be willing to compensate you.
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