fitting old doors in old frames
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St. George



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PostPosted: Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:10 am    Post subject: fitting old doors in old frames Reply with quote

Or in other words: fitting parallelogram A to parallelogram B. The doors I've got were planed to fit their canted frames in situ.

I am trying to follow these directions which I think are good: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,1531722,00.html

Also trying to repair a lock set in a door with a broken/missing plunger. (I don't know the name for the spring loaded piece that holds the door shut and moves when the knob is turned).

When removing the lock set from its mortise the casing broke. One piece of the works fell out. I don't know how to put it back. A closet door in the same room has an identical lock set and I could swap it with the broken lock set but to do so I must remove it and risk damaging it. If I were successful, I could compare it to find where the piece that fell out fits in. The case of the lock set is stamped, Nashua Lock Co. No model or series number.

The Nashua Lock Co. published an illustrated catalog. I am wondering if anyone knows of a copy of the book? If so, can you scan and post the illustration page (assuming there is one) showing the arrangement of the working parts in the latch mechanism?

> Author Nashua Lock Company.
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> Title Nashua Lock Co.'s illustrated and descriptive catalogue
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> Imprint Boston : Rockwell & Churchill, 1882
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> Description 44 p. : ill. ; 29 cm
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> Call number: TS529 .N385

Thanks John and all who read this.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2015 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Try getting that book on inter-library loan via your local library.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 25, 2016 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Measure the case, backset, plate, etc.

There are places still selling mortise locks. I've gotten good quality mortise lock sets from rejuvenation in recent years.

If you can measure the case they might be able to find you a replacement lock.

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