You saw this very heavy exterior door handle set (just learned that term) and dead bolt which came free with the door we purchased here. The cheapest price I found for any door handle set new was over $80 and could go into the hundreds of dollars lest you wonder why I call it jewelry.
The above handle was very grimy and weathered but with some serious elbow grease, Brasso, fine steel wool and a toothbrush it became a lovely subtle shade of old brass. (Nothing garish or brassy about it.)
I took the dead bolt to a lock smith to see if it could be rekeyed for a reasonable price since it did not come with a key. (What do you expect for a $35 door?) Bill, the locksmith, rekeyed the door and made 3 keys for it for $13. I think that’s a bargain.
Here’s the before.
And here’s the after.
And here’s the whole set installed (almost installed).
We still have to cut holes in the door jamb for the bolts to go into. And, of course, I want to paint the door.
Finally I wanted to give you a little information about the locksmith whom I will use in the future. He’s been in this building for 35 years.
And he’s got a fleet of trucks that go literally all over the state.
Pretty soon we’ll have the whole door project finished and itemized. (Are you as tired of the door as I?)