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  1. #1
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    Default Exterior French Door with broken lock

    We have a deck french door with a broken 3 point lock and the lock brand is ESSVE (1993).

    The 3 point locks engage but the deadbolt will not actually hold them closed unless the handle is physically propped up. The doors and lock are in great shape except for a small piece in the deadbolt mechanism itself.

    We've searched for a replacement lock, but these are no longer manufactured.

    What can we do? A local locksmith, who didn't come look at it, said it wasn't something he could fix. Is there any way to find an out-of-production replacement?

    Thanks so much for any help!

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    Default Re: Exterior French Door with broken lock

    Other than a heart, there is nothing broken which cannot be fixed. First thing to remember is that if it broke or wore out, it's going to do the same thing again if you fix it in the same way. Sometimes you can add strength with a repair to alleviate that. Many trades that used to do repairs no longer offer the service for that reason, and because it takes skills and equipment which many no longer have. Plus a decent repair can take longer than a replacement yet it pays no better- maybe even worse! I'd suggest replacing the lock with something better from a well-known company which will likely be here if you need them ten tears from now. Locks and latches get a lot of wear so this is not a place to scrimp on anything, be it the part or the installation.

    Phil

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