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Old House Locks

In my 1920s duplex, someone took the old master locks (spring-loaded, see attached pic for sim.) and disabled them on the interior doors, leaving the rectangular box. They then drilled new holes and installed new shiny gold deadbolts. Ugh. Sooo ugly. Here are my questions:

1) Can I repair the holes in the old doors?

2) My exterior door has the old master locks right now. No deadbolts. I don't think this is safe. I'd like to install a new lock, perferably a deadbolt, or at least one that latches more securely, but don't know where to look to find a new lock with the old dimensions... it's certainly not something carried at home depot and my local locksmith doesn't know. I can't be the only person in the country with this problem! I don't want to drill a new hole!!! Are there lock makers that specialize in these types of issues?



Re: Old House Locks

1) I assume the doors are solid wood in which case the answer is "yes". There are a number of ways to patch this using a combination of wood plugs, glue, and filler. If the door is painted this repair should be virtually invisible once complete.

2) Try Googleing "antique door locks". When I tried that the top results were vendors who offered all manner of replacement hardware for vintage doors.

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