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Old Door (by Lana [IN]) Mar 15, 2019 11:47 AM
       Old Door (by Ken [NY]) Mar 15, 2019 11:56 AM
       Old Door (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Mar 15, 2019 11:59 AM
       Old Door (by MYOB [GA]) Mar 15, 2019 12:11 PM
       Old Door (by Lana [IN]) Mar 15, 2019 12:33 PM
       Old Door (by myob [GA]) Mar 15, 2019 12:38 PM
       Old Door (by RR78 [VA]) Mar 15, 2019 1:09 PM
       Old Door (by Lana [IN]) Mar 15, 2019 1:56 PM
       Old Door (by LindaJ [NY]) Mar 15, 2019 4:49 PM
       Old Door (by Hoosier [IN]) Mar 15, 2019 5:48 PM
       Old Door (by AllyM [NJ]) Mar 15, 2019 6:13 PM
       Old Door (by Steve [MA]) Mar 16, 2019 3:13 AM
       Old Door (by beelocks [NH]) Mar 16, 2019 3:43 AM
       Old Door (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Mar 16, 2019 6:27 AM

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Old Door (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 11:47 AM

My new disabled tenants are driving my handyman crazy. The unit has an over 100 year door. Solid wood with original finish and a beveled glass window 30" by 65". The door is 45" wide. Eight years ago the door knob stopped working. The latch stuck and the tenant got trapped in the house with the knob just spinning. We have tried over the years to replace knob and even the locksmith gave up. So now we have a solid deadbolt with a big knob inside and use that to open and close door. Tenants were shown this at walkthrough and lease signing, but now they want a working knob as their autistic son needs a door knob and not a deadbolt knob. And if the deadbolt is set to open, the door blows open. First time I had this complaint. My handyman found that if he removed the plate we put over latch the knob will work(for a while he does not know history).

My Lease and employee rules make it clear all repair requests come through me and my handyman ignored that and fostered this mess. I am going to make him put plate back in so I do not have to hear from them when they get stuck.

I have so far been able to keep the door and I know what a 45" wide door will cost, but it looks like I might get stuck. Is it a problem that we have worked a fix around an obsolete knob and will I have to replace door to just get a working knob?


Old Door (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 11:56 AM

I expect my maintenance guys to take care of any reasonable request while they are at a house,if I found out they didn't fix something and told the tenant that they had to call me first I would consider that an excuse to not work.I don't see why it cant be made to work,sounds like maybe he did fix it. --72.231.xxx.xxx

Old Door (by Landlord ofthe Flies [TX]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 11:59 AM

If it's a beautiful door as you describe, I'd probably want to replace it and save it for later. Get a cheap utility door with kickplate and hardware they can use. I'd hate to have a beautiful door and have to drill multiple holes in it to accommodate, thereby destroying its beauty. Maybe see if it fits in your house? --108.69.xxx.xxx

Old Door (by MYOB [GA]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 12:11 PM

Didn't you make them sign a "accept the home as is" also that any additions will be AT THEIR expense. When handicap are involved yea gotta do it-- they run you crazy since they are now REALLY ENTITLED!

This happens way to often to new LL's. They want to help the handicap but unfortunately they know the system and U get stuck.

Your right about one thing a 45 door is going to cost. maybe ebay or if you have a junk / second hand store. --99.103.xxx.xxx

Old Door (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 12:33 PM

Yes. I have the accept as is clause. I find if people just go through my handymen they stop communicating with me. He has a tendency to do reasonable requests if he is there, but I like repair requests to my e-mail in writing or by text to me. --216.23.xxx.xx

Old Door (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 12:38 PM

this is the law in our office for the handyman.

You are to do no repairs that are not requested through the office. He is given the called in or written request and is not allowed to do honey DO lists. He is on a schedule with appt's to make.

After a year he finally gets it and tells them call the office. --99.103.xxx.xxx

Old Door (by RR78 [VA]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 1:09 PM

I pic would help. But I cant think of any door you could not add a regular door knob.

Remove the old lock internals. Bondo to patch and redrill for a normal lock. May need to paint the whole door to get it to look good.

If you go a new door. Why not go with a standard 36" door and a side light, panels or whatever to fill in the sides --73.152.xx.xxx

Old Door (by Lana [IN]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 1:56 PM

Found an adjustable INTERIOR doorknob I am going to try. The real lock is on the deadbolt anyway. --216.23.xxx.xx

Old Door (by LindaJ [NY]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 4:49 PM

Try Van Dykes Restorers, they have lots of replacement for old door hardware. --108.4.xxx.xx

Old Door (by Hoosier [IN]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 5:48 PM

Photos would help. Although not ideal, perhaps you can block off the old handle area and drill/mount a new handle and strike plate assembly 6"-8" above or below the existing one. This would take some carpentry work (chiseling out new area on frame for latch/plate) but may be better than a whole new door. --99.92.xxx.xxx

Old Door (by AllyM [NJ]) Posted on: Mar 15, 2019 6:13 PM

Please contact a competent locksmith to get a knob put in additional to the lock you have. He can disable the old lock. I got locked out here via a 1948 lock and I did not have my key. I stepped outside and "something" shut the door on me. I now block that door open if I use it. --173.61.xxx.xx

Old Door (by Steve [MA]) Posted on: Mar 16, 2019 3:13 AM

Sounds like you have a beautiful old door with some kind of natural finish on it. I can't believe that either a competent carpenter or a decent locksmith couldn't just remove the old lock set & latch, fill in the voids with a wooden Dutchman, bore for a standard style lock set and use a brass plate to hid the patch. IMO you have been asking the wrong people to do this.

If you still decide to replace the door rather than make a repair, you should have the opening downsized to allow for the installation of a standard 36" wide x 80" high door. --96.237.xx.xx

Old Door (by beelocks [NH]) Posted on: Mar 16, 2019 3:43 AM

Try a real locksmith who knows what a CV86 and RP13515 are. Ask how many they've installed on antique doors (it's usually not straightforward).

Your final bill should be less than 2 hours of labour plus the hardware. --98.229.xxx.xx

Old Door (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Posted on: Mar 16, 2019 6:27 AM

you need better help

there is absolutely NOTHING that cant be done.

I moved a house 10 miles - only lost 1 gutter and killed 1 mail box - I know there is nothing that cant be done

We sent men to the moon over 50 years ago. --73.182.xxx.xxx

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