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    I think the handle you are looking to fix is not meant to go with the lock set existing in the door so there’s a compatibility issue and the work around for that issue is tearing the door apart.

    Get a new lock set. They are meant to squeeze together on the door and be pressure fit in place. It will cover the existing holes (provided everything lines up (measure first) and everything will match and your handle issues will be solved. It’s probably the easiest and least expensive option that gives you the best solution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Betty Blue View Post
    It a bathroom door and has a very old basic lever handle on the other side, but it works, and has done for approx. 30 years. When the bathroom is decorated in a couple on months i'll likely be changing that handle too. There is an internal latch lock inside the door, similar to the image below.


    For a bathroom door handle I would definitely recommend a standard 2 handle + latch assembly passage/privacy (without lock/with lock) handle. Right now you have what’s called a “dummy” handle on one side, and half of the old two handle assembly on the other.

    Depending on how much empty space you have inside the door behind the holes, you could also try to find the smallest toggle bolts you can (make sure the heads of the bolts catch your decorative handle and aren’t so small they pull right through):



    You may need to make the existing holes even larger to fit the spring clips through, so make sure there is enough depth inside the door to fit them in.

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    Sorry, totally random question here but:

    If you wanted to build, say, a set of drawers on wheels, what would be the best/sturdiest wood to use for that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by anticlimatic View Post
    For a bathroom door handle I would definitely recommend a standard 2 handle + latch assembly passage/privacy (without lock/with lock) handle. Right now you have what’s called a “dummy” handle on one side, and half of the old two handle assembly on the other.

    Depending on how much empty space you have inside the door behind the holes, you could also try to find the smallest toggle bolts you can (make sure the heads of the bolts catch your decorative handle and aren’t so small they pull right through):



    You may need to make the existing holes even larger to fit the spring clips through, so make sure there is enough depth inside the door to fit them in.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=WO55oYozlxA
    I have concerns over making the holes larger as they are likely to run into other holes and cause the whole area to collapse. But, thank you, I shall definitely look into the sizing and usage for these toggle bolts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Betty Blue View Post
    I have concerns over making the holes larger as they are likely to run into other holes and cause the whole area to collapse. But, thank you, I shall definitely look into the sizing and usage for these toggle bolts.
    These locks are standard, the external handles can be different shapes and screwing methods so long as they use the same square core like yours
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    Quote Originally Posted by phobik View Post
    These locks are standard, the external handles can be different shapes and screwing methods so long as they use the same square core like yours
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    If there's solid wood to screw to in the door this kind of mounting works fine, but if it's a hollow core door- and betty's looks like a hollow core door- there isn't enough meat there to withstand the constant pulling and pushing of a door handle. Even with big fat screws like she's using.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Angel Cake View Post
    Sorry, totally random question here but:

    If you wanted to build, say, a set of drawers on wheels, what would be the best/sturdiest wood to use for that?
    Any of the hardwoods should suffice depending on your aesthetic preference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by anticlimatic View Post
    Any of the hardwoods should suffice depending on your aesthetic preference.
    Ah okay, cool thanks!
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    Have you ever thought about how cool screws are? Like the fact that someone came up with concept of a screw? Like, you can attach stuff together and disassemble stuff relatively easily (in theory) because they all use this sort of universal fastener.

    And then you have the specialized types of screws, like the ones with the squares, hexagons and triangles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Julius_Van_Der_Beak View Post
    Have you ever thought about how cool screws are? Like the fact that someone came up with concept of a screw? Like, you can attach stuff together and disassemble stuff relatively easily (in theory) because they all use this sort of universal fastener.

    And then you have the specialized types of screws, like the ones with the squares, hexagons and triangles.

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