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Is it possible to replace just the antique locks or will I need to get whole new doors?

If you really have your heart set on replacing the lock sets on those, I'd recommend taking the whole door off with the handle and hinge included and taking it to an architectural recycler. As noted ...
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Is it possible to replace just the antique locks or will I need to get whole new doors?

That style of door lock is a "rim lock". You can still get them today. If they are old and worn out, go to a good hardware store, and find new replacements. It's got to be better replacing ...
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Is it possible to replace just the antique locks or will I need to get whole new doors?

If you really want to replace them, the process would be: get the new locksets and door knobs buy a jig to help install the new ones, but be sure it's a high quality jig. I bought a cheap plastic ...
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Is it possible to replace just the antique locks or will I need to get whole new doors?

the keys are lost. I don't know how I can get keys to fit these locks. Any competent UK locksmith will almost certainly be able to make a key to fit. They can also rearrange the order of the levers ...
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Is it possible to replace just the antique locks or will I need to get whole new doors?

Don't: Those doors are probably a little thinner than modern doors Wood quality appears to be excellent, but you probably don't have enough width in the door to drill out a hole for an interior door ...
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Deepen a hinge mortise without template

Have you considered a hammer and chisel? It's very likely that you could easily chisel out the extra 1/8 - 1/4" of wood in much less time than it would take to set up a template, much less ...
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Is it possible to replace just the antique locks or will I need to get whole new doors?

If you really want to put new lock furniture in those doors then I would fill the old holes with dowel glued in and then refinish. However, if you want to keep the period look then checking out the ...
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Tru bolt classic I’m installing this digital door knob

If you haven't programmed an entry code yet, enter 1-2-3-4 and press the Unlock icon in the lower right. The outside lever will now move the bolt because the device is unlocked. When the device is ...
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How can I repair the degraded veneer of my exterior door?

I would strongly consider a replacement door. I had an insulated steel door that was falling apart (one of the steel skins got caught on something and started bending back). I bought a replacement, ...
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How can I repair the degraded veneer of my exterior door?

I would lay the door down, sand the surface then glue a new outer surface to it. Perhaps a waterproof plywood or another material like laminate. Do seal the edges well, otherwise weather will get in.
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How to fix loose uPVC door sill?

Looks like it was just glued on. With it so wide with no support under the outer edge, coming loose is almost a guarantee. Would either cut it to size(maybe under a inch past the bricks), or make a ...
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Should this exterior door threshold be caulked here?

In my experience there's usually no caulk exposed on the threshold. It would look bad and fail quickly due to movement. One or more beads should have been applied underneath, and a threshold shouldn't ...
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How do I release tension on a McKinney spring hinge?

I finally found a set of official instructions for "McKinney 1500 Series Single Acting Spring Hinge for 1502, 1502TRS, 1522, 1552, 1572". The holes with coiled metal aren't part of the ...
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Prevent exterior outswing door from swinging open fast

The simplest solution is to put a door stop to prevent the door from swinging open enough that it breaks the hinges. It'll still blow open but the strain on the hinges will be reduced to below damage ...
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How to insulate under a front door

Go with both. If it needs to come apart in 10 yrs' time, you'll have to wreck it anyway. Gently push the fibreglass towards the back of the void, then use spray foam for the final 3 or 4". When ...
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How to repair door hinge in frame?

Toothpicks and glue is the easiest. Put glue on toothpicks and fill the hole/s. Cut the toothpicks at the level of the wood. let the glue dry. Place the hinge/s back on with with screws. Can also ...
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Door Kerf Weather Stripping - Kerf slot facing the wrong way

Try "kerf mount bulb" or "kerf mount bubble" weatherstripping, rather than the V type you illustrate. "P-Profile" might be another or better search term based on the ...
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Is it possible to replace just the antique locks or will I need to get whole new doors?

There are companies that make period reproductions of door hardware like that. They look the same, but the mechanisms are modern. One I've used in the past is Rejuvenation. Another source is Van Dyke'...
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How do I plumb a door that has spring-hinges?

As the top hinges do not close flush, but the middle non-sprung hinge likely does, then try swapping the top and middle hinges. There is an opportunity to gain just a little bit of space, and it may ...
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