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antique door knob upgrade - is this the right thing to do?

Old 07-17-07, 12:03 PM
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antique door knob upgrade - is this the right thing to do?

Hi. This is my first visit to this forum and my first post. Please forgive my lack of proper terminology.

My wife just bought a bunch of newly made but antique style door knob sets. The sets contain 2 knobs, 2 round backplates and the long threaded screw with a square cross section that connects to the knobs and turns the locking mechanism. No screws.

The doors in my home are all fitted with cheap knob sets that have two threaded posts that go through the locking mechanism and get screwed into with screws from the other side. When the knobs are removed there is a circular hole drilled through the door with the locking mechanism suspended in the middle.

So my problem is that there is nothing to screw the back plates of the knobs into as my options are air and the steel of the locking mechanism. There looks to be an alignment problem of the new backplate holes and the pass through holes in the locking mechanism.

My plan is to cut wooden inserts to fill the air space of the hole in the door above and below the locking mechanism. Then screw the backplates into that.

I'm concerned that there is a better solution that I am not aware of.

Thanks in advance for your time.
Old 07-17-07, 04:29 PM
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Brad: welcome to the forums! Would it be possible for you to post a couple of pictures of your situation on a site such as photobucket.com and give us the urls? Thanks.

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