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How do I find a replacement door lock for this?

I moved into a newly built home and am trying to replace the deadbolt and the lever below. But I'm not able to find a replacement lock that replaces my existing locks. All locks I've looked at have ...
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Kwikset exterior deadbolt thumb turn set screw

Kwikset deadbolt has an interior thumb turn knob that is held on by a single small set screw. To be clear, I’m not talking about the long assembly screws that attach to the exterior cylinder to the ...
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French Door Strike Box for Deadbolt - Too Short

I just noticed my deadbolt on my french doors isn't fully engaging. There is a strike box inside the opposing door. It is a good 1/4" too shallow. I went to remove the strike box to see what I ...
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My new deadbolt locks with key from outside but lock knob on inside will not turn unless key is in outside lock

I installed a new Atlas deadbolt and thought I followed the directions carefully. The store keyed it to my original Kwikset key and the key turns the deadbolt with the key in the outside lock, the ...
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Deadbolt bracket hole (not "knob" hole) is too big

so I'm trying to replace an old double keyed deadbolt with a kwikset latched deadbolt in a very old front door. The "knob" holes for the deadbolt are a perfectly fine size, but the hole cut ...
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Swapping a lock for a double cylinder

This is a european style lock where you turn the handle up for the strike to come out and then turn the little knob underneath to lock it. Can a DIYer convert this lock into the type where a key is ...
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Options to cover imperfection on metal door around new lock

I'd like to ask for suggestions of materials. I have a metal door, painted in white. A bigger lock (jimmy-proof lock) was replaced with a smaller lock (regular deadbolt) but ended up leaving several ...
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My deadbolt isn’t retracting any more and turning it doesn’t do anythjng

I have a Schlage Encode and unlocking and turning the thumb turn. I was able to take it apart but doesn’t seem like it’s catching when I turn it manually. Also a piece fell out that I’m assuming may ...
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Should I use the adapter ring that came with my Schlage deadbolt?

Could someone help me in understanding the purpose of this silver adapter ring? I have a 2 1/8" borehole, the manual only mentions its removal if you have a 1 1/2". Yet none of the YouTube ...
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Install deadbolt in steel door and door jamb

I'm installing a deadbolt to a steel door. There is only a sheet of metal and it is hollow (empty inside). I also need to drill the hole in the door jamb (frame of the door) so the bolt can go inside ...
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Defiant Electronic Deadbolt does not retract fully

Hi I installed a Defiant Electronic Deadbolt and for the past couple weeks it is not always opening properly. What happens is the bolt goes to retracts about 1/2 way and sort of sticks. Eventually the ...
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How can I make it so that locking a deadbolt switches on the porch light?

I have a detached garage, which was unfortunately the setting for a recent bike heist in my neighborhood. I would like to start locking the garage door at night. The door is a normal metal clad ...
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How to install a deadbolt in a tight space?

Renting a home and trying to replace the deadbolt on the back door. However, the space where the lock slides in is very small and I can’t get the sliding piece into the door - the circled area is ...
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How to remove this deadbolt?

I have an older deadbolt and instead of a faceplate or screws it looks to just have two “blanks”, and no visible way to remove it. Anybody familiar and know how to safely remove a bolt like this? It ...
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Schlage B62 Deadbolt Removal

Need help removing a Schlage B62 deadbolt from a front door. It’s a double sided one, and has no faceplate or screws for removal. Deadbolt is also stuck and won’t lock or unlock when key is in.
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Will standard deadbolts and door knobs work on a 7/8" thick security door?

This will be my first time replacing deadbolts and door knobs, and I want to make sure I get the right size. The distance between the edge of the door and the center of the deadbolt I need to replace ...
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How can I install a door latch with a bore that's 1/8 inch too large?

I have a deadbolt lock for a smart lock I just bought. The first problem is I have a metal door and need a drive-in bolt attachment for the lock. The second problem is the the hole I made in the door ...
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Cannot remove set screw in deadbolt thumb turn

I'm trying to remove the thumb turn on my door. There appears to be a set screw that's preventing the knob from coming off. I believe the manufacturer of the lock is Lawrence Hardware. I have tried ...
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Exterior entry door handle & deadbolt: What is a combined locking handle + deadbolt called?

I need to replace the setup below. I have searched high and low, but cannot find the integrated setup for the interior (where the door handle and deadbolt are combined, so by just turning the door ...
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How can I remove this Kwikset entry door dead bolt lock?

This is a picture of the Kwikset dead bolt from interior. I removed the outer layer. However, I'm having trouble removing the bottom plate. This looks very similar to this question: Removing old Entry ...
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Deadbolt does not come out all the way sometimes, prevents it from locking. Can it be fixed or should I replace it? [closed]

I've tried checking that the plate is in alignment, it looks fine. But when closing the door and trying the lock, it feels like the deadbolt comes out, but the door opens and the deadbolt is only ...
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How to remove old Schlage deadbolt lock

I need to remove this old Schalge lock which has a plate going around the door from front to back. The lock is not working anymore. I have attached some pictures. Thanksenter image description here
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Smartkey rekey making multiple copies question

So I just installed smartkey door lock and deadbolt. I want to use my door lock to open the deadbolt lock and I followed the rekey instruction to make the door lock key open the deadbolt key. No ...
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Deadbolt will not unlock from inside if locked with key from outside and vice versa

Our office door deadbolt will only unlock with a key if locked with a key. If you lock it with the key from outside and then someone tries to unlock the deadbolt from inside with the knob, it won't ...
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Deadbolt door trim guard?

So I have an outside door w/ a deadbolt. Someone left the deadbolt extended but the door open and went to shut it and as a result the deadbolt dented the heck out of my interior door trim (inswing ...
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Locking a metal gate with a deadbolt

I'm having a metal fence custom-made that will have a regular (pedestrian) gate as well as a double gate for vehicles. I'd like to install deadbolts on both gates for better security than other ...
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How do I remove this old Sears deadbolt with no visible screw holes?

I have a very old front door with a moderately old Sears deadbolt which I would like to replace. There are no visible screws or obvious screw holes. I am able to gently rotate the outer ring on both ...
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Deadbolt locks from outside with key, but not from inside

I am able to lock the deadbolt to my door when I leave in the morning, using the key. However, when I try to lock it from the inside by hand, the knob just turns and turns without anything happening. ...
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Rekeying a Schlage Connect smart lock

So my wife finally gave me permission to go ahead and buy a smart lock to add to the rest of our growing smart home gadgets. I'm looking at the Schlage Connect. We currently have a separate deadbolt ...
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How to remove older Schlage deadbolt? [duplicate]

I just bought a house and want to replace the locks. Unfortunately, on door has what appears to be an older Schlage double cylinder deadbolt that I can't figure out how to remove. I've tried prying ...
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Repair or installation of a mortise lock with deadbolt in an exterior door

A relative got locked out of a rental house (out of state landlord) due to a balky mortise lock in a decorative metal frame outer door. He called a locksmith to get him back in and the locksmith ...
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How to fix deadbolt lever that doesn't lock or unlock the deadbolt

I have a Bold deadlock on the front door of my apartment (I'm not sure exactly which model it is but it looks basically like this: http://boldlocksupply.com/premium-cylinder-deadbolt-d-8-gold/). A few ...
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Reconfigure metal door lock system from mortise to individual door knob and deadbolt

I have a metal door with a privacy mortise lock with a thumbturn. I can't drill any new holes outside, we must use the existing hole for the door knob and deadlock. I have to replace the existing ...
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Weird cylindrical deadbolt housing

I am trying to change the locks in my house, and saw this weird housing for the old deadbolt. To me it looks like glued on as there are no screws or indentations, but is there any other way? Adding ...
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Cannot remove the Kwikset deadbolt

I took off the two screws on the interior plates, but I cannot remove the plates. It seems they are glued to the door. It is supposed to be an easy job, Any ideas?
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How can I disassemble and remove my Kwikset deadbolt? [duplicate]

I cant get this lever off to take the face plate off. I took off the screw behind the lever but still won’t come off.
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Unable to remove Kwikset Deadbolt

I'm 99% sure this is a Kwikset 660 Smartkey deadbolt (has the rekey tool hole on the front). I moved into an apartment complex and wanted to install an August lock (property management was ok with ...
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Adding Locks to Antique French Door

I have a set of 1927 french doors that are 18" wide and have a built-in astragal -- measuring ~7/8" wide and ~1/4" deep -- on both doors. The astragal narrows to about a 1/4" where ...
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Backplate for satin nickel deadlock

There is an old door with some marks from a jimmyproof lock. It was replaced with a single cylinder deadlock, satin nickel finish. To cover the marks, it was decided to install a back plate covering ...
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Question about outswing door on attached toolshed

I have a toolshed attached to my garage with an outswing door. The door appears to be screwed into the moulding instead of the stud. Is this typical for an outswing door (see photos)? Photo album I'...
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Why won't my deadbolt unlock and how can I fix it?

We've got a deadbolt that decided to stop working today. When we turn with either the key (outside) or the lever (inside), the knob/key moves the full motion, but the deadbolt only moves about 1/2 an ...
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Prevent deadbolt from turning?

I am a renter, so I cannot change the locks or drill an additional deadbolt. I came across August Smart Lock today (https://www.amazon.com/August-Smart-Lock-Pro-generation/dp/B0765LFNM7), which sits ...
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Enlarging a deadbolt door knob hole on a steel door

I have a steel door in which I'd like to replace the deadbolt lock with a newer keypad type lock. The door is a bit older and the hole is 1 1/2 inches. The keypad deadbolt requires a 2 1/8 inch hole. ...
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schlage deadbolt key just spins back and forth

I have a deadbolt where you sometimes can't open it, the key turns a quarter turn but doesn't seem to "move the deadbolt" as it were. Or sometimes the key can't even turn at all. It doesn't "spin ...
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Can you replace just the lever of this deadbolt latch?

Can you replace just the lever of this model?
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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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Should I replace a knob lock when replacing a matching deadbolt? [closed]

I've got three external doors with Callan knob lock and deadbolt sets. The deatbolts on two of the doors have failed due to a part on the inside that has deteriorated. I was hoping to replace the ...
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Security door with lock guard

I live in a city, and the back door of our condo has a regular wood and glass door that swings inward and a iron security door that swings outward. The security door currently has a deadbolt which un/...
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How do you remove this Schlage double cylinder deadbolt? (M8209)

I've dealt with a lot of deadbolts, but unsure about this one. I don't want to damage it either. It's an old Schlage that I am trying to replace. After removing the cover on the inner side of the ...
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Installing a deadbolt on a door with a circular hole for the deadbolt location?

I recently installed two MasterCraft doors from Menards. It has two holes in the door. One for the knob and another for the deadbolt. If you look at the edge of the door both holes are circular ...