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    Icon5 Updating Door Locksets

    We want to change the locksets on our interior doors, but I don't know if new locks are compatible on older doors. I've attached of photo of the lockset on one of the doors. Without changing out the doors completely, is there a way to use the new locksets?

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    Re: Updating Door Locksets

    Just looking at your picture, I would be cautious.

    The critical dimension is from the edge of the door to the center of the hole for the lock-set. In your picture this distance seems to be too big.
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    Re: Updating Door Locksets

    Quote Originally Posted by rrich View Post
    Just looking at your picture, I would be cautious.

    The critical dimension is from the edge of the door to the center of the hole for the lock-set. In your picture this distance seems to be too big.
    The center hole setback is almost exactly halfway between the standard 2 3/8" and 2 3/4" setbacks. The "expert" at the borg said the only solution is to buy new pre-hung doors at a cost of roughly $150 per door (door and lockset). When I asked about just buying hollow-core doors, he said there was no way to fit them in the door frame. ??

    I spoke to a locksmith who is going to come out and look things over for me. He said the older doors are almost always too thin for the 1 3/8" needed for mounting the lockset, in addition to a few other problems. There is an adapter plate that can be used, but again it requires a 1 3/8" door. He thinks my hollow-core door idea is the most cost effective and easiest, but we'll know for sure when he has a chance to come check it out.
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    Re: Updating Door Locksets

    "The "expert" at the borg "

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    There are no experts at the BORG, they're sales people. Their job is to sell.
    Last edited by rrich; 10-02-2015 at 1:23 am.
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    Re: Updating Door Locksets

    A hollow core door can most definitely be made to fit the frame. BORG guys aren't used to dealing with real carpenters. They deal with "installers".
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    Re: Updating Door Locksets

    Are they cylindrical handle sets or full mortise cases? They can certainly be changed, you just need to find someone halfway competent. I know, it is more difficult than you'd expect.
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    Re: Updating Door Locksets

    Another thought, have you looked at Vandykes restorers for the hardware?
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    Re: Updating Door Locksets

    Quote Originally Posted by rrich View Post
    "The "expert" at the borg "

    PP,
    There are no experts at the BORG, they're sales people. Their job is to sell.
    That's why I put "expert" in quotes. I love it when I flat out contradict their "professional advice" and they don't know how to respond!!

    I can count the number of real experts I've met at the borgs on one hand... maybe both if I count the ones I've visited in St. Louis, Columbia, Jeff City and a few when I was home in Iowa. In every case, it was someone who worked in some type of building trades before ending up at the borg.

    What I do appreciate is when a borg salesman comes right out and admits that he (or she) doesn't know a thing about what I need. At least they are being honest.
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    Re: Updating Door Locksets

    Quote Originally Posted by rrich View Post
    Another thought, have you looked at Vandykes restorers for the hardware?
    Haven't looked there, since we are wanting to put new lever locksets where the olds ones are. I'll give them a look, but can't imagine them having modern hardware for old doors. I think my best option will be to get the hollow core doors and new hardware.

    Update: I just looked. They have what might work, but I'd spend more for their hardware than it would cost to install new doors and locksets.
    Last edited by PastorPaul; 10-03-2015 at 10:55 pm.
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    Re: Updating Door Locksets

    Quote Originally Posted by PastorPaul View Post
    Update: I just looked. They have what might work, but I'd spend more for their hardware than it would cost to install new doors and locksets.
    OOPS!
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