The Key to Happiness
In 2014, I purchased the Cross House. And for a year I used the back door because I did not have a key to the front door, north door, or south door.
Then I contacted Greg from Midwest Locksmith. He came by and fitted the front door with a key! Oh what a thrill to enter from the front door!
Also, I particularly appreciated that Greg was able to re-key the original lock. He never suggested simply installing a new deadbolt lock as is common. You know, like this…
Greg was amazed that the door retained all its original hardware and never had a new locket installed.
He also took apart the 1894 lockset and made all its inner parts work right. Now, by just pushing a button, I could “lock” the door or “unlock” it. This proved handy when I just stepped out for a bit (like to mow the lawn). I can “unlock” the door, mow the lawn, and then open the door without a key. I love this feature! Modern door locks offer no such convenience.
Greg also greatly admired the hardware. He thought it was incredible. Great is obviously, a kindred spirit.
About a year later I had Greg come by to work on the north door. He did his magic, and re-keyed it so I could use the same key as the front door! It was a thrill to now enter the north door from the outside!
Now, after much ado about getting the “red door” reinstalled in its original location at the south entrance, it was time for another Greg visit. And, like magic, I could, for the first time…
As Greg was leaving I thanked him for his ability to restore the original locksets to working order rather than drill a hole in the door for a new lockset. He smiled, and said: “My father would be pleased to hear that.” I didn’t understand and asked what he meant. “My father taught me everything I know about hardware.”
Oh. Wow. I was so touched by this. I smiled at Greg. He smiled back.
Before he left, he handed me a gift. I was totally blown away. Scroll way down. Prepare to be gobsmacked.
Greg gifted me with an Austerlitz knob set! These are the knobs on the house! They are incredibly hard to find (as Bo and Cody well know!).
I gasped! “WHERE did you find this?”
“I was rummaging around in my doorknob box the other day, found this set, and thought: Don’t these match the knobs in the Cross House?”
Staring at this treasure, I replied: “Several doors have gone missing from the house over the years. I wonder if this set actually came from the house?”
“Could be. In all my career I’ve never come across this pattern before.”
So, once again, in a tiny tiny way, something is better in the world. With thanks to Greg. And to his dad.
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