I need carpenter advice.
My back door’s doorknob is broken. The screw that holds the inside knob on the lock is stripped, and is likely to just drop out (which it has, in fact. Fortunately, it has not been lost).
Now, the latch is not really important because there is an independant bolt that has been installed above the knob that actually locks the door shut. So even a dummy knob would work, since it would only be needed for pulling the door shut from the outside.
The problem? The lock mechanism of the existing knob also includes a deadbolt (painted over) that was apparently operated by a skeleton key or some such. It’s an old lock, obviously, and it’s all in one piece with the latch mechanism. Therefore, when I removed the knobs and locks to replace them with a standard set, I found the whole side of the door hollowed out to accomodate it. It’s about 7" in length.
I really don’t want to buy a new door. But how the heck am I going to replace the knobs and latch (or patch it) with that big hollowed-out portion? None of the standard, modern locksets accomodate such a situation.
I probably could fix it if I knew just how to approach it. But I’m at a loss. Anyone ever come across something like this before?