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1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
I went to the storage facility to check my coach.  I keep the water tank drain valve open to keep water drippings. It seems working. To my surprise, no pipe is broken. I got two pipe broken at my house.

But when I about to leave, I tried to open...

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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
Reply #1
Tap it and use a large area washer and screw with loctite.

Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
Reply #2
We had the same experience with our 86 Grand Villa..  same assembly.  Handle broke off completely... just as your did..  we took off the plate as you show in your photo and used a screw driver to move the lever to open the latch...  no...

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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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That whole door handle assembly was a poor design.  Yes, it works.  Yes, it has held up for many years.  It could have been much better, IMO.

You can see in the first photo that the sliding lock in the lower left on the panel has been disabled...

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  • nitehawk
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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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OK, here goes.
Why not try what is called a "Dutchman' pin"?
Here is what you do:
1.) Clamp the handle, square facing up.
2.) Fasten the steel plate down tight onto the handle. Make sure you have the plate oriented correctly for assembly.
3.) Buy (if...

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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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Why not try what is called a "Dutchman' pin"?
If you are, like me, intrigued by hearing new terminology, and always want to learn more...try the link below.  It is informative & also humorous.

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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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Also on the first picture, as you can see, the plate to keep the screen door shut is missing.
What is a good way to fix that?
I plan to use JB Weld...but want to see if there is better...


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  • stump
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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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Stump,

Good find, but I suspect the listing is out-of-date and they would not actually have one in stock if called.  Wouldn't hurt to try!

I also did a unsuccessful Google search for:

Part# 039979-01-000

Tri-Mark 11022-05 Entrance Door Latch Plate...

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  • nitehawk
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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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The handle is most likely pewter, which means not possible to weld, solder, etc.

Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
Reply #10
In Reply #1 Chuck (craneman) suggested tapping the hole in the handle and using a large flat washer (fender washer) with a screw/bolt.

Can you tap threads in cast metal (like pewter or similar) or would it tend to crack the handle?

  • nitehawk
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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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Look, if you don't feel comfortable doing a Dutchman's pin, here is another way.
1.) Get the smallest rattail file you can find. Usually located with the chainsaw tools. in a hardware store.
2.) Midpoint of the flat on the steel plate, file a round...

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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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For those not sure about this method, why not mix up some JB Weld and apply to the mating surfaces of the two parts and the square? This in addition to the cap screws.
I wonder if this Loctite...

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  • nitehawk
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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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Worth a try. But I am anal about holding something together with only an adhesive. I prefer a backup such as the cap screws.
When I replaced our engine compartment insulation I used the recommended adhesive and the old screws with the large...

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  • nitehawk
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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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I like to remind people that I am not your average idiot. I am an above average idiot. :))
Just had another thought of how to fix this fastener.
How about drilling and tapping the existing center hole in the handle for a Holo-Krome 1/16-27 pressure...

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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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How about drilling and tapping the existing center hole in the handle for a Holo-Krome 1/16-27 pressure plug?
Why does everything you suggest sound (to me) either technically challenging, or...

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  • nitehawk
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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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Chuck, we have a lot in common. I speak AND can read english.
I would suggest that if the tools and/or expertise isn't within the capability of the individual that it would be advantageous to take said problem and solution to a machine shop.
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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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The handle is most likely pewter, which means not possible to weld, solder, etc.

You can solder pewter, but that handle is most likely die-cast metal. 

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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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Thanks you so much for all the ideas!
Although some of them are just too complicated for me to understand now.

I will try the washer first.

I have solder iron for circuit board. I am wondering if adding solder will help?


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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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I had a similar problem, the handle came off in my hand. Thought about drilling and tapping the stem, then I thought about pressing it back together the way it was manufactured. Then a light went off and I bought a new one, I figured that the...

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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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I had a similar problem, the handle came off in my hand. Thought about drilling and tapping the stem, then I thought about pressing it back together the way it was manufactured. Then a...


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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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You guys give up too easy.  I took my latch plate off and carried it in to my work bench.  Good thing I decided to check it today, cuz my handle was ALSO almost ready to break!  I studied it for a while, made a few measurements, poked around in...

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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
Reply #22
Chuck

Please post how you fix it!

Hope it doesn't involve torches and solder.

Really appreciate.

Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
Reply #23
In Houston area, there are so many busted copper pipe around. Torch and solder material are in short supply.

  • nitehawk
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Re: 1991 Grand Villa Door Lock broken
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My solutions were pretty much predicated upon the fact that I did not know if there was any clearance between the square' end and the rest of the mechanism.
Chuck's solution is well within the reach of most of us.
One addition I might have made was...

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