Hi - I'm new here, so I'm not sure if I'm using all the proper terms - please forgive me!
We live in a 1930s home that we're trying to get ready to sell. We bought a replacement handleset for the front door, and when I removed the old hardware from the door jamb, I found what looked like chewed up chiseling under the strike plate. It looks like someone carved out the holes for the dead bolt and the latch with the wrong end of the hammer. On top of that, there are multiple drill holes - all just about stripped - none of which work with this new handleset. I *think* the door frame itself is original, because it has that "old" but charming look to it.
What can we do? We can't replace the whole door frame! I'm thinking the only thing we can do to repair it is to completely cut away the old section and totally replace it with new wood. But is that something that we inexperienced folks can do ourselves?
Thanks for your advice.
Let's see if I can post a picture of the latch --
No, it won't let me. But I have some pictures posted on my blog - chrisandlyndsay.blogspot.com