Our internal doors use old Edwardian door handles. However, the handles don't have a spring. The latch we have doesn't have enough strength to work the handle (they sag).

I've tried searching for "strong door latches", but this seems to focus on security and buying a more expensive latch at our local shop doesn't solve the issue either.

So what latch should I use when the handles do not have springs?

  • I just did a quick search on 'Edwardian door handle' and came up with this site. theperiodironmonger.co.uk Looks like they have replacement hardware for your doors.
    – diceless
    Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 15:09
  • Thanks. By door latch I mean theperiodironmonger.co.uk/… But it's not clear if that latch is particularly strong. Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 15:13
  • Try giving the site a call, seems they are pretty customer service friendly. I bet they would have the answers you need.
    – diceless
    Commented Jul 30, 2014 at 15:17

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The key (no pun intended) phrase to search for is "double sprung". I couldn't find these latches at any of my local DIY stores, so I ordered online.

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