What is economical entry replacement for old style hardware.

Suggestions for easy DIY locking entry on back door.
q what is economical entry replacement for old style hardware
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  • Sand smooth...paint with Rustoleum White...paint flowers, vines and leaves on knob and knob plate...finish with clear sealer.

  • Dottie Caldwell Dottie Caldwell on Nov 25, 2017
    Have you thought about keeping it? Try cleaning it in a vinegar solution, you may find that your door hardware is actually brass like ours was. If not, spray paint is your friend. You can order a key, especially if you know what style you need.

  • Brenda Gramm Brenda Gramm on Nov 25, 2017
    Is there a way I can change a regular doorknob to a lever hard for me to turn the knob not to expensive. Tks

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    • Danielle Odin Danielle Odin on Nov 27, 2017
      Go to a medical supply store that sells all things for various handicaps. You should find a handle that fits over the knob to make it easier to turn. As a handicap person myself, I have had to check all sorts of things out. There is very little to do to install it. Hope this helps.

  • Lori Lori on Nov 25, 2017
    I would clean and spray paint it...There are a lot of colors out there from black to metallic coppers ,golds and silvers

  • Liz Liz on Nov 25, 2017
    Barbara, I would clean it to see if it's brass. If not, spray with a metal paint of your choice. Last, I would buy a deadbolt, double keyed lock in the metal color that you choose & install it above this door knob. Doors with glass can be broken into easily. If you decide you want a new door knob, I'd still install a deadbolt, double keyed lock, too.

  • Msa11813224 Msa11813224 on Nov 25, 2017
    1. I shop at Goodwill and the Salvation Army thrift stores for NEW and used hardware.
    2. Look for closeouts at big box stores. the Lowes, Menards, Ace, Home China Depot and the like.
    3. the insides are a square 1/4" bar(shaft) adapt to a t or otherwise handlebar doorknob, sometimes a regular doorknob will suffice
    (bathroom set)

    4. IT really is easier than one one think and plan it out.

    5. OLD square flat-head screwdrivers minus the handle make great "shafts"

    • Barbara Petrick Barbara Petrick on Nov 26, 2017
      Thank you. I will try your suggestions. We have a lot of second-hand and thrift shops nearb. I can check out hardware and maybe to find a reasonable storm door that adds additional security, keeps cold out and also locks.

  • Punxxi Punxxi on Nov 25, 2017
    I guess I'm just nuts, but I would never replace that!

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Nov 25, 2017
    I too would:
    1. try to clean
    2. spray paint if cleaning is unsuccessful
    3. install a separate deadbolt.

    Be careful if you add a separate deadbolt. The double keyed deadbolts are not legal everywhere. Although I have seen them for sale here, they are against fire code.
    You could install a regular deadbolt away from the glass, remove the glass or perhaps use a keyless lock if they are legal.

  • Ellis Ellis on Nov 26, 2017
    At the very least, you do need to add a deadbolt of some kind to this door. I am a bit wary of double cylinder deadbolts, and they are against the fire/building codes in many areas. While they're not particularly pretty, a jimmy-proof vertical deadbolt (Segal deadbolt, available everywhere) works fairly well for security. A possibility is to get a sheet of plexiglass cut to size, to fit over the window section of the door, then screw it into place so the lock cannot be easily accessed if the window is broken.

  • Missy Burch Missy Burch on Nov 26, 2017
    check out my tutorial on this exact project. clean those beauties up & chalk paint them. antiques should be saved!

  • Msa11813224 Msa11813224 on Nov 26, 2017
    Good. Locking storm doors are not cheap. They only slow down a crook some... a screwdriver will open those from the outside. Be Blessed in Jesus