The knob is too rusted to unscrew and replace? Can someone still place a lock on the door?

A knob is so old and rusted that it is very difficult, or not possible to unscrew it from the door and replace it. If someone wants to put a lock on their door, do they now need to replace the door as well? Is there any alternative?

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  • 2 months ago
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    There are numerous products you can use to remove the rust--or to make the screws easier to turn. Liquid Wrench, WD40, naval jelly to paint on or spray on--go to your hardware store and look. Once the knob is removed, you can then replace it. If products that you apply don't work, use a drill and remove the screws by drilling them out. 

  • ?
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    cut it off with a hack saw or a grinder 

  • 2 months ago

    It is literally IMPOSSIBLE for the knob to be too rusted to replace. In fact, the more rust, the EASIER it is to remove it. That said, adding a deadbolt above the knob is NORMAL. With few exceptions, you can drill a hole for the deadbolt in any door worth locking.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    Nothing is EVER TOO RUSTED.  A carpenter or handyman can get the knob off and replace with another knob.  Because that is the cheapest route to go....even if you have to pay the carpenter money.  THEY HAVE THE TOOLS & KNOWLEDGE.  You don't.

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  • garry
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    try bit bit of wd40 and some muscle , the should help .or maybe its a false knob , does it turn ..

  • 2 months ago

    "not possible" is false.  this can be done if you're willing to destroy the knob and mechanism -- after which a replacement can be fitted.

  • Droopy
    Lv 5
    2 months ago

    Your not trying hard enough.  There's always a way to remove something. If there stripped you can get screw extractors.   Or drill the screws out. Would be easier to suggest options if we could see a picture of what your issue is.

  • 2 months ago

    The knob can always be busted up and off one way or another.

  • Eva
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    A deadbolt lock can be installed above the knob. The door does not have to be replaced.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    There are always alternatives. Without any kind of picture it is ******* impossible to say.

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