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Locksmithing/Replacing Front door Mortise lockset


We have front door mortise type hardware, probably installed in 1995. The strike plates say "Premiere".  We want to replace.  We found an Emtek brand mortise lockset we like but the measurements don't match.  Internet searches for Premiere locksets have not turned up an exact brand match.  Short of replacing the entire door, how do we find a replacement that will fit the current openings.  2 3/8" Backset; 5" Center to Center, 8 1/4" from center of lever to center of screw hole for bottom of handle.  Door is 1 3/4" wide.

Hello Suzy,

Sometimes finding an exact replacement is next to impossible if not just difficult.  I'd suggest finding a lock you like and see if by installing the new on in place of the old one will cover up any holes that the old lock will leave behind then install the new lock over those holes.

Emtek makes a large variety of locks that may be similar in the dimensions you listed, as does Baldwin, Schlage and Kwikset.

You may want to hire a local locksmith to come to your location and find something that will work for you, with little or no modification to the door or frame.



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