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Missing handle

A home owner from Jenison MI says:

I purchased a home that had been foreclosed. Hud came in and secured everything, but never provided me with any of the keys for the locks once the sale closed. A roofing friend used his grinder to take the padlocks off (the shed, garage door, etc.) but they had never replaced the handle, just locked everything up. So I have this huge slider with no handle.

Its very difficult to move, of course, and now ice is building up where it should go. I tried getting a handle at the local hardware store, but the latching mechanism didn't quite reach. I found your name elsewhere on the door and I'm hoping you can tell me which handle I need!

Thank you very much.

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Tom from SWISCO responded:
Good morning, Carol. That sounds like a very frustrating situation, especially in the middle of winter! I hope we can come up with something for you.

Now, it's going to be hard to identify what handle you need without having the original handy, but we may be able to sleuth it out. Before we get started though, I'll need a bit more information.

First, what is the distance between the screw holes, center-to-center? What is the thickness of the door? Finally, can you tell me what the name was that you found on the door?
A quick learner from Jenison MI says:
Yes, it is a little frustrating! Especially since I got my son a puppy for his birthday, and he can't even open the door to let him out! :/ lol.

I see now that the name I found wasn't exactly yours! It was Acorn, but I found your company by doing a Google search for Acorn door parts. The screw holes are 3-1/2" apart, the door is 1-1/2" thick, and the distance from the screw holes to the edge of the door is 1-1/8" (that's where I ran into trouble trying to find a replacement handle).

I hope you can help!! Thank you very much.

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Tom from SWISCO responded:
Aww, that's very sweet. Well, I think you gave us enough information to work with. Hopefully your son and his puppy will have no trouble getting outside to play!

Take a look at our 82-004 and 82-055, which are both Acorn patio door handles that match your dimensions. These two are interchangeable, the only major difference is the color. You may also want to see our 82-055K, which offers a keyed exterior pull.

Now, I can't guarantee that these are what you need, but I think they're a very good place to start. Take a look and let me know what you think!
A quick learner from Jenison MI says:
Hello again!
The 82-055 looks perfect! It even has the same kind of little hook that catches the latch. I think I'll try it. :) I don't need a keyed one, though.

Thank you!!

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Tom from SWISCO responded:
Great news! Let me know if you have any other questions, and I'd be happy to help.
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