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A device for securing access, typically on a door, and typically controlled with a key or combination.

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How to install an electronic door lock?

How can I install an electronic door lock ? Can an electronic door lock be installed on any door ? I am fixing to purchase an apartment in Australia and it will come with a "Solid Core door with ...
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Are entry door systems with lock release secure?

I am renovating my recently bought house. It currently has a entry door system with a lock release on the yale lock so that you can release the door from one of the handsets. something like this. I ...
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Can I change from a mortise lock without buying new doors?

I have two external mortise lock doors that will only open with skeleton key. After several years I'm ready to upgrade. Will I have to get a new door or can I upgrade these to modern locks. I've ...
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schlage privacy set door knobs

Gold coloured. Model unknown. Took the handles off to paint/update them, now the knobs just will not operate the mechanism at all. Knobs will not turn or operate thestriking mechanism. No, it has ...
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Replacing garage door lock barrel

Since I moved into my house, I've not had the key for my garage, so I'm looking into how I can get a new one. I've found what I think I need to replace on eBay, but there are a lot of variations on ...
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Need to replace lock on car top carrier

I have a Packasport fiberglass car top carrier with a cylinder lock (outside view above). The key has been lost. I ordered a new lock/key set from Packasport but am unable to remove the old one - ...
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How do I un-stick the release button on my Yale door knob?

I'm rekeying my door locks (Yale door knob/locks). To remove the knob, you press in the release button & slide the knob off. The release button is stuck and I can't depress it enough to slide the ...
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How do you install a slide lock when the door frame isn't level with the door?

I need to lock a door without a keyhole from the inside and got recommended to use something like this: However, my door frame isn't level with the door If I would just mount it there, the ...
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Making or obtaining replacement parts for a multi-point window locking mechanism

When I bought my house, it was fitted with multi-point locking systems on the windows. One or two of these have failed - an internal cast-metal half-cog has disintegrated. There is no manufacturer's ...
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Am I required to have a doorknob lock on my exterior door?

I have both a deadbolt and a doorknob lock on my door (actually, all three of my doors). I've noticed that this is a consistent pattern at most houses and apartments that I've visited in my area (I ...
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Deadlock not working properly

The deadlock on our front door has worked fine for 2.5 years. You could hear a "clunk" when it was turned. Now, all of a sudden, the latch slides over silently with no resistance. The major problem ...
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How do I remove this doorknob?

We live in a townhouse built in the 40s ... probably renovated in the 50s ... I want to replace this doorknob with one that has a key lock. I can't figure out how to remove it! I was able to ...
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How do I repair latch lock that has unscrewed?

In the image, part C has detached from part A. I assume that this happened because part A moved slightly each time the door was opened. Part C cannot be screwed onto part A because of the square ...
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Which cylinder door lock shield design is most secure?

I'm planning to place a shield on my front door and would like to know which of the 3 shield designs is the most secure option and why. Basic design characteristics: Top Left: the outside part of ...
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Key card door lock?

I'm looking to add a card scanner door lock to an existing door that currently only functions with a key and a simple pull handle. It has a mortise-style lock so the backset on the door (to the ...
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Where can I find a key for my old locks?

My house was build in 1938 and the whole house has these door knobs everywhere. I believe they were made by Dexter. Is there a way to ID them properly and, if so, where can I find someone who makes a ...
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How can I control this electronic door release with an Arduino?

I am planning on fitting this GK311-1224 ANSI Release to a door and using a simple switch and Arduino as triggers. Are there any examples of a typical installation for a lock like this.
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How can I remove a dead bolt?

I'm trying to remove a 16 yr. old Titan Dead Bolt. I have it disassembled but cannot get it out of the door. There is no strike plate on the door that I can remove. There is only a brass ring that the ...
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Can these locks be rekeyed to the same key?

I have 3 external doors on my house. Each has a different key. Two are Schlage sets and one is a Norwalk. The Norwalk blank says AR1 on it, and the Schlages are the standard version. The Norwalk is ...
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How do I repair this old door lock?

An old knob on my bedroom door fails to retract to its normal position. I opened the lock in an attempt a repair it and discovered two loose springs. I suspect that the loose springs aided a third ...
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Privacy lever on door not locking

The door handles on a number of my rooms do not seem to lock. They're all privacy levers with turn button on the inside and emergency key on the outside. I believe they are the Galiano model by ...
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Is it safe to oil a lock? [duplicate]

I have a very sticky door lock, is it safe to oil it with standard household oil? Will oil degrade the security of the lock in any way? If it's safe, how should I apply the oil?
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Without Access to the Garage Interior, How Can I Replace the Handle/Lock?

I have an external garage, with a manual overhead door (no powered opener). There is no side access door. After the recent winter, I tried opening the garage again, and the handle will not turn. I ...
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Did I break my door lock by locking it from the inside before exiting?

The lock on my front door is broken. When I leave my house, I lock the door handle from the inside, then close the door and lock the deadbolt with the key. My boyfriend is trying to tell me that ...
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How to get a new tumbler pattern to re-key existing locks?

I suspect I don't know what terminology is correct which is why I can't find any information on this via google. Say I have standard door locks (Schlage or Kwikset) that are fairly new and I have ...
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Is it possible to rekey an Andersen exterior door with Kwikset SmartKey?

I want to use the Kevo lock on my front door and have my back doors have the same physical key (even though they clearly will not have electronic keying). To do this, I need to replace the cylinder ...
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Weslock Double Locking Deadbolt Impossible to Remove from Door:

I have an old Weslock double-locking deadbolt which is dying a slow death. After removing the outer mechanism, I attempted to remove the inner mechanism simply by tugging. But I've pulled on it so ...
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How to drill a hole in the wood without an electric drill?

During a travel in Laos, I need to drill some holes into a double-door's wood to install a locker. The wood is rather hard, and I don't have an electric drill (and can't find it). I only have 2 small ...
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Can someone unlock a locked door and lock it back again without the key?

Is it possible for someone to unlock your front door get into your house and then lock the door again without being supplied with a key?
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How can I remove a jammed, broken key from a lock?

I have a key to an apartment mailbox that was almost impossible to get the key in and out of to unlock, and in trying, my roommate broke the key off in it. From looking in with a light, it seems that ...
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Are garage door locks that cannot be opened from the outside available?

I would like to replace my garage lock with a lock face that does not permit opening it from the outside. I don't have a key to it anyway, and right now it's the weakest link of my home security. ...
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What kind of (1950s era) lock is this

My home, built in the late 1950s, has these cute little additional locks on top of the main doorknobs to many of the interior rooms. I can't seem to find the correct term for these locks, which would ...
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What kind of lock used to be here?

We're moving into a new place and have been told by the building's management that the top lock on our door is our own responsibility. It appears that the previous tenants had something in the top ...
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What is the name of this cast metal part inside my lockset?

I have a Baldwin front door lockset that doesn't completely retract the latch when using the thumb lever. The handleset is similar to this: model After dismantling the thumb latch assembly, I ...
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How can I install modern locksets on these interior doors?

I've recently bought my first house which I'm very excited about, got into the decorating phase and decided to replace the door handles - some of which were damaged - with nice new ones. Being a ...
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How do I remove a Kwikset deadbolt with no screws on the inside plate?

My exterior door deadbolt has gotten stuck - it'll open with the lever but not the key. By spraying WD-40 inside the lock, I've been able to get it to work but it's very stiff. I'd like to remove the ...
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How can I make a copy of a door key without a matching blank?

We have an old numbered key, that looks like a regular key, but it seems it is numbered, so the locksmith refuses to copy it without our landlord coming with the original. Our landlord would ...
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How do I fix an exterior door knob that will unlock but not turn?

My back door (which is only two years old) has a door knob that recently suddenly stopped turning. I can lock and unlock it, but it just won't turn. Here's a picture of the inside of the door knob: ...
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How do I open a padlock after it has frozen?

I do some maintenance on the neighborhood ice-skating rink. To control the lights, there is an outside electrical panel that is locked with a padlock. This padlock always get frozen. Every time I ...
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Why did my locked door open by itself?

Why would our front door have opened by itself? It was locked. It has an entrance set - a latched, not deadbolt, knob handled, keyed on the outside and turnsnib on the inside style lock. We have had a ...
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How to remove a doorknob with no visible screws?

I have an exterior lock set with a knob on the inside. I can't get the interior doorknob off. It does not have a hole in the shaft of the knob in which you press a clip down to remove it. It's one of ...
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What are the key criteria to consider when purchasing new locks and deadbolts?

On twitter, the cofounder of GDGT Ryan Block comments: Surprisingly difficult to find a list of expert-recommended consumer locks, padlocks, etc. Lots on defeating security, but few suggestions. ...
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How can I remove a key that has broken off in a lock?

I broke a key off in the lock of a desk drawer. The lock doesn't look easily replaceable, so how can I remove it? I've tried tweezers but they can't get enough of a grip to pull it out.
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Searching for biometric fingerprint door lock/handle with interchangeable core [closed]

The company I work for is wanting to install a bio-metric fingerprint and keypad door lock with handle on the door to our new office. I am having difficulties finding a door lock that meets certain ...
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Did I break my Kwikset SmartKey lock by trying to rekey with a key that doesn't fit all the way?

I got a Kwikset deadbolt lock (has key hole on both sides instead of key hole externally with latch internally). This lock uses SmartKey technology so you can rekey the lock to use a new key rather ...
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How do I disable a lock?

I have the following door handle / lock combination that leads out to my garage. The key for the door has long been lost and sometimes someone will turn the internal lock and the door cannot be opened ...
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Where can I find a replacement 3" drilled split spindle with a hook at the the end? [closed]

I have an old RH&CO mortise entry lock and the drilled, split spindle is broken. I cannot seem to find the 3" drilled split spindle with a hook at the end anywhere. I have tried local hardware ...
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Which patio door should the lock be installed in?

We are having some patio doors fitted and they are rebated. The doors open outwards The left-hand door opens first We would like to fit a narrowstile lock with a roller (rather than a catch) and ...
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How can I fit a Schlage lockset in my front door?

I moved into a condo with a Kwikset lockset in the door. I wanted to replace it with a Schlage lockset, but the actual bolt portion of the deadbolt was too large to fit into the pre-drilled hole. If ...
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How can I remove a Mortise Lock and deadbolt from a door?

I got an old door from a junk yard that I'm trying to reuse. The door is going to end up being sliding barn door so I have no use for its existing door knob and lock mechanisms. From what I can tell ...