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I need to install a door knob and latch on this old interior door (the cuts in the door were there when I bought the house, and the original hardware is long gone):

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Could someone please tell me what kind of lock set I need, and whether I should be able to buy it off-the-shelf? I can't find any in my box store that fit.

I think it might be called a mortise lock, but the only locks of that type that I can find are too big for the opening on the side of the door.

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    AFIK that is indeed a mortise lock. Take your picture and make measurements and go to a serious locksmith store. They I'm sure they can tell you what kind of lock will fit in that mortise. – Jim Stewart Jun 29 at 1:51
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need to install a door knob and latch on this old interior door

If you really need to do it, stop screwing about and drill the door for a standard modern lockset. You should be able to purchase the hardware and the lock/latch set at any decent window & door shop. They will lend/rent a jig to make it a simple job.

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