Old commercial grade Mortise Locks can be a pain in the you know what. Parts are hard to find and often too pricey. On older models, it always seems that once you replace a defective part, another one breaks. I always recommend replacing the entire Mortise Lock assembly with something modern. But, sometimes your check book tells you what can do and what you can’t do. Consider converting your Mortise Lock to a Cylindrical Lock. Why? Simplicity, affordability and less maintenance issues down the road. Here’s how it’s done…
Step 1- Remove the Mortise Lock.
Step 2- Replace the Mortise strike plate with an ANSI strike.
Step 3- Measure a 2-3/4″inch backset and bore a 2-1/8″inch hole.
Step 4- Line up a 9″x 3-1/2″ Remodeler Plate on both sides of the door. Use painters tape to keep the plates straight. Drill a 5/32″ hole at 9 o’clock and one at 3 o’clock. Install the latch.
Step 5- Install the lever and secure the Remodeler Plate.
Step 6- Add a deadbolt and you are complete!
If you are interested in converting your Mortise Lock to a Cylindrical Lock, call Budget Mobile Locksmith at (813) 962-1121. Thank you for your consideration.