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Too long backset on new Door Knob for older home's door

My 1955 home has an original dooor that I can't make my brand new door knob set fit into, bacause the new backset is 2 3/8th. The cylindualar mechanism doesn't go in far enough and the old cylindular mechanism is much shorter in length. What to do here, please. Don't want to drill the hole farther on the right because it will not be covered my the outer knob. Are there shorter backsets that I could find somewhere?

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  • marthacastle May 21, 2009

    I too have a 1950s home and just removed a Schlage lever knob only to find that the backset is 1 3/4" (even the knob hole is a small 1 1/2").

    Sadly the door is a french type with glass panes near the knob... so I can't relocate the hole further inward.

    Any ideas?

    marthaliberto@hotmail.com

  • johnc839 May 11, 2010

    Do you know the backset on the door. (edge of door to center of hole)? Manufacturer of new lock set

  • leslie Apr 24, 2013

    Yes, Schlage residential knobs and levers come with adjustable backsets for 2 3/4 or 2 3/8. If you need to order knobs for the french doors please check consider us at factorylocks.com

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You can get a variety of backsets at a GOOD door/ window company.
You may also want to look closely at the lock bolt again, because some of them come with a backset adjuster. Some of the Schlage and Kwiksets will allow you to twist the barrel and change the backset...

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