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DOOR RESTORATION HARDWARE MATTERS- YOU NEED A RELIABLE LOCK AND METALWORK SYSTEM

Restoration Hardware is critically important for personal security and that of your home. It may not matter whether new hardware is being installed into your door, or old hardware is being restored, as long as the hardware is installed to be stable and reliable. And the installation should not ruin your door. Many locksmiths don't have the skills to repair a door that has had many locksets hacked into it, and don't really think it is their job to install the lockset to be stable. Proper craftsmanship by skilled cabinetmakers or architectural millworkers, or metal mechanics for a metal door, will make your door function reliably, without causing damage to it, for many decades to come. Some old door hardware is important to restore, see the "half-lapped" lockset below. Its shape, projecting outward for half the thickness of the door, is irreplaceable today, manufacturers have abandoned half lapped door owners.


HALF-LAPPED DOORS, LOCKSETS, AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN THE DAYS BEFORE WEATHER STRIPPING

 

 

Before the modern use of weatherstripping, energy conservation was achieved in a door by overlapping the leaves of the door, creating additional impediments and surfaces for drafts to get past. They are still relatively energy efficient doors, but require fine craftsmen willing to study the locksets, and replicate worn components for doors over 75 years old. Of course, the hinges must be tight, and the jambs square too, for a proper fit all around. Weatherstripping may also be retrofitted into an old door, to achieve modern efficiency and insulation values.

 








Restored half-lapped door. This door has been opened more than 15 million times since installation in 1927. All restored hardware, including new thumb latch, and new lockset components to replace worn out parts.

 



Lockset parts Lockset parts before


New flush bolt lap plate below, cast to replace missing. Restoring this hardware keeps old doors with natural half-lapped weather sealing functional. Such locksets and hardware have not been manufactured for many decades. We also incorporate modern weatherstripping into old bronze clad or iron or steel entry doors.

 



HINGE AND LOCKSET RESTORATION & REPLICATION

 

 

Lockset components wear out. They require patience to clean of decades of old dried out and caked on grease, rust, usually replacement of springs, and replacement of components by machining or casting new bronze elements. Even the latches wear down and may need rebuilding, as below.

 








Lockset Latch clad and machined to compensate for wear, bolt similarly repaired to lengthen and enlarge around margins, and half-lapped bronze lockset strike plate repaired by building up with bronze by tungsten inert gas welding. Worn internal Lockset components replicated with Lathe, Machining, and Forging.

 







Rust and old grease are removed first, after disassembly of the components.

 











Cleaned and lubricated locksets with components replaced as needed, will last another century, and certainly outlast most contemporary locksets. These locksets were made in 1875.

 





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