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Fixing an antique doorknob and mortise latch set

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Our house was built around 1886. It has never had a gut remodel, which means that much of what’s in the house is original, including most of the interior doors, doorknobs, and hardware.

Unfortunately, this means that a lot of the knobs no longer turn, or they turn but the latches don’t move, or the latches move but don’t latch, etc. One of our closet doors hasn’t latched properly since we moved in 15 years ago; since it was just a closet door, we didn’t bother to do anything about it, but when I went to open the door the other day and the knob came off in my hand, something clearly needed to be done.