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how to disable bed and bath door knob from 60's

Posted by kenleyleslie (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 16, 13 at 9:32

i bought a house this summer that was built in 1963. the door knobs look like they are original. they work fine. all the bed and bath knobs have a slot on the outside and a tab for twisting when locking the door. i can not twist any of the locking mechanism. either with the twist tab or screw driver in the slot. i took the knob off. much of the mechanism inside is encased. all i can see are the parts that go between both sides of the door. i have found no manufacturer name. the house is still pretty much early 60's vintage and i would like to keep these door knobs. is there a way to have these work so that they can be lock when desired?
i have a follow on question if this can be resolved. and that is how to clean 50 years of hand scum off the knobs?
thanks for any help.

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RE: how to disable bed and bath door knob from 60's

What you describe is the typical bathroom privacy lockset.
Remove them, immerse paint thinner to dissolve the residue, remove, shake dry and apply WD-40. If they cannot be freed up, then replace, or leave as is.

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