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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I repair this door and deadlock?

Some time ago I closed my front door (rather forcefully) while the deadbolt was sticking out partially. This loosened the deadbolt, and the top screw no longer held. In addition, it cracked the door ...
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Where to find very old door knob handle / deadbolt set?

I have a townhouse unit with a very old door knob / deadbolt set that I want to replace because the key doesn't fit well and you have to know how to "jiggle" it in order to get the door to unlock. ...
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Ways to mitigate safety risks with double cylinder deadbolts on enterance/exit doors?

While double cylinder deadbolts (those deadbolts on house doors that require a key from both sides) can be good for security, it could be a trade-off with safety if needing to get out of the house in ...
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How can I remove the interior side of a Kwikset handle set with "interconnect"?

I just moved into this house that came with a handle set that includes some kind of interconnect plate on the inside that serves to unlock the deadbolt when the knob is turned. I want to remove the ...
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How can I keep the front door from blowing open?

Whenever there's a windy day, our front door blows open (letting the weather in and the animals out) unless we throw the deadbolt. It's not a big deal when we're all inside - it's become second ...
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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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Lock can be opened with credit card even when deadlatch is fully depressed

I just installed a standard deadlatch, very much like this: The problem is, it can be opened from the outside with a credit card. Of course, a properly installed deadlatch should make this ...
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Cannot adjust dropbolt on bifold doors which is catching

I have a patio door made of up two aluminium tri-folding doors which meet in the middle. One side has a normal 5 point locking system operated by a normal door handle and key. The other side has a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can you replace just the lever of this deadbolt latch?

Can you replace just the lever of this model?
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I need to remove this deadbolt but it's not coming off

I'm removing an old Kwikset deadbolt circa 1995 I got the handle set part out but this deadbolt has some type of protective casing and the front is not coming off nor the back. Here's the back side.
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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 ...
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Unable to get bolt out of door

I'm unable to get the bolt out of a door. For a couple days before it was sticky, and you could push in the bolt on the inside of the door frame to functionality "reset" it so that the lock would ...
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Replacing deadbolt

I'm replacing a deadbolt and need help for the next step. I've installed the exterior portion and I'm now installing the interior portion. The photo below shows the view from the inside. The prong ...
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Do I need to do anything special when drilling a hole for a deadbolt in a 2 inch door?

I'm trying to install a deadbolt on our front door that currently only has a locking handle. All of the things I've read online are for doors that are up to 1 3/4 inches thick, but my door is 2 inches ...
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How to install deadbolt into a thin door?

I just moved into my new house and changed all the locks except one. The house was built in 1930 and the back of the house has a "mud room". The door into the house from the mud room is normal. The ...
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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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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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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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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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Which kind of locks should be installed on external wooden glass panel doors?

When you have an external glass panel door it may be simple for a criminal to break a pane of glass to access the handle and lock inside. What types of locks are appropriate to install on a door of ...
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Schlage single cylinder lockset won't release from the door

I have a nosy homeowners association that enters anytime they want....my privacy is not respected. I have purchased an identical Schlage set, have removed all the screws I can, but the covers don't ...
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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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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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Please advise how to lubricate stiff latch bolt of mortise lockset on metal exterior security door. (NOT the pins in the keyway!)

The latch bolt of the mortise lockset in a metal security door is stiff. I worry about the long-term effect of slamming the door in order to drive the stiff latch bolt back and allow the door to ...
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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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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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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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Double deadbolt with screw cap

I purchased a Schlage double deadbolt B62N V 619. For my gate. It comes with a special B62 screw and a cap to hide it. How can I secure the cap so it doesn't fall off? I'm tempted to use glue...
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Installing a deadbolt lock on a metal door & metal frame

I live in an apartment where the front door and its frame are both metal and hollow inside. I didn't have trouble installing a deadbolt lock with one of the doors because you could remove the strike ...
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Help to remove Schlage deadbolt [duplicate]

I need to remove a Schlage double-cylinder deadbolt from our front door. Problem is, there is no visible way to remove it. There is a hole on one side and a pin with no head on the right. This ...
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Old mortise lock bolted from inside

I have a situation in my 90 year old house with the bathroom door. Last night my bathroom door was closed and somehow bolted locked from inside and I can't get into it or unlock it. I believe this is ...
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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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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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