Questions tagged [lock]

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

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Lock / barrel malfunctioning

Kwikset lock, when depressing exterior thumb lever, Barrel will not detract all way
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What should I know before trying to make a larger deadbolt hole?

I had a locksmith come over and check this out, but he ended up refusing the job. It seems pretty simple to me, but before I wanted to go give it a "try" I figure I would ask just so I have a better ...
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How to separte door handle without visible screws?

I need to replace the door handle mechanism because it's stuck. In order to do that, I need to take apart the door handles but there are just two holes under each handle. It doesn't seem that the hole ...
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How to install door security guard on metal door jamb?

I bought a door security guard that looks like this The instruction coming with it says I need to drill a 1/8‘’hole first on the door jamb and put the screws in it, but I am not sure it would work ...
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Is having all locks with the same key a bad idea?

My partner and I have recently bought a house. I'm going to get new door lock cylinders for the front and back door. I'm not sure whether to get them keyed alike. Is it a bad idea to get them so ...
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Removing a key stuck in a SmartKey lock

Is there a way to remove a key that is stuck in a SmartKey lock? I inserted the key as usual, but it wouldn't turn and then couldn't even be removed. (It had worked okay a few minutes before, and no ...
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How to measure the width of a door with an extra ring?

I would like to order a new cylinder for my door and need to provide measurements. I do not know which of the measurements on the right (20 or 30 mm) I should choose: Specifically I do not know ...
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Lock stuck open, key is out

I was opening a door at my place. You have to turn the key to open the latch while the handle remains locked. I did this and while the key was turned i pushed open the door and the key popped out. Now ...
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double hung sash window, any way to prevent the top from being moved down?

I have double hung sash window, is there any way to prevent the top from being moved down? A different style of window hardware possibly? As of now I have a crecent style fastener in the middle, ...
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garage door handle disconnected from lock

My garage door is manual at the moment. I’ve had to lock it manually. Today, I realized I can’t lock it from the outside anymore. The handle connected to the lock moves freely and doesn’t move the ...
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Lid lock for outdoor chest

I'm building an outdoor chest out of wood (frame) and PVC sheet (sides), it is approx 2 1/2 ft wide, 1 1/2 ft deep, 1 ft high. The box opens from the top like a toy chest, blanket trunk, etc. I need a ...
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What type of key profile is this?

I have acquired a chest for which the key was lost years ago. Since I don't want to destroy the lock or the chest, I try to find out what key I need. The chest and key are of german manufacturing as ...
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How to open a lock without handle?(with pic)

I don't know how to open this, detail is shown in pic. Plz tell me if you have a clue, thank you in advance.
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How to open a door without a door knob?

I am currently locked inside of the apartment that I just moved into today. I noticed that the door knob was a bit loose when I first opened the door this morning and when I turned the knob from the ...
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What can I do with old locks?

I replaced my doorknob locks and deadbolts when moving into my new house. I have the original locks still, but don't know what to do with them. It seems unlikely that anyone would want to use them, ...
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How to get locks that are keyed alike? [closed]

I'm looking to replace 3 sets of deadbolts and doorknobs with new keyed alike handles and deadbolts (they don't need to be high security or anything, just regular exterior entry). All of the big box ...
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Door lock for doors with borders

The door has a border which is about 1.5cm raised from the door. The door has a barrel slide lock however because of the raised border there is no place to put the latch. This is why I initially just ...
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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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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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Doorknob only turns one way

This doorknob when locked spins either direction without opening. When unlocked, it used to work like a normal doorknob but now will only turn counterclockwise. Is there an easy way to fix this so it ...
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What kind of smart lock can I add to my door?

I'm looking to add a smart lock to my door. I don't know much about locksmithing, also not a native speaker, so I'm not sure if this is a "deadbolt" or not. I was almost decided for the August Smart ...
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Mortise lock - smart lock installation options

I have what is known as privacy mortise lock with thumbturn, this (the inside): PS: the hole in the picture is the door knob Facing outside: a keyed mortise cylinder at the top, and a door knob at ...
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Ensure that a closed door is a completely locked door?

I live with a person with lock anxiety, and I'm looking for a DIY solution. I already have an alarm system that beeps if a certain door is closed, but how can I also make sure it's completely locked? ...
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Replace door knob with lever handle on rim latch door

I have 1950s solid wood internal doors with rim latches. I want to replace the door knobs with lever handles. The doors are 33mm thick, with narrow (95mm) rails, and have rim latches. I've been ...
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Position of door stop vs lock striker plate

When positioning the door stop after installing a lock set striker plate on an interior door (e.g. bathroom, bedroom etc) should I give the door more wiggle room (the striker plate allows the latch to ...
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Antique Schlage Door Knob - Can't reassemble

From an old Schlage outside/inside door knob (I think it dates back to the 1950's). I can't find where the retaining clip goes. The front of the door is a handle with an old-fashioned lever
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Battle of the British Standard BS3621

I am replacing the locks on a property and want to change the deadlock. Firstly there are two depths to the locks: 64 mm (2.5") and 76mm (3") under the same BS3621. After returning the first lock I ...
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Can any deadbolt be made to work without an outer lock?

I am planning a secondary entrance door that does not need to be openable from the outside. So, if I have a deadbolt on the door, I just need a twist lever on the inside and no lock on the outside. ...
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Non-substantial remote door locking options for indoor rooms?

I need to be able to secure a couple indoor rooms with wireless locks. These don't need to be substantial locks since they're just inside a house, but unfortunately I'm not seeing any real wireless ...
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Reorient Kwikset quarter turn lock

I have some doors next to each other, all with Kwikset locks keyed the same way. The deadbolts are set so that horizontal is locked, vertical is unlocked. There is no general consensus on which is ...
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Electrical box replacement latch

(I apologize if this seems like a shopping question - but I am out of ideas right now) The black plastic, flat handle of the door to my domestic electrical box snapped off and I stupidly threw it ...
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Are smaller door lock keys less secure? [closed]

Our owners corporation has recently ordered new keys for our apartment building main doors. We've just received the keys and it's obvious these keys are smaller than the previous keys. The new ones ...
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How to remove this door knob and plate with no obvious screws

So I've been trying to take out a sticky door knob to give it some grease and tigthen up the loose jiggles, but I can't figure out how to remove the full knob. I removed the end bit and don't know ...
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Door Jamb Rotted Where Latch Goes

I just installed a lock in my door and when attempting to install the latch I found that the wood was splintering and not stable, so I cut it out. My problem is similar to this one. What can be ...
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I’m trying to replace my doorknobs

Help! I am trying to replace my lock with a new lock that I bought at bunnings and I’m here with my screwdriver but look at this what kind of screwdriver do I need for this! What is this. I’m very ...
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push in / snap in panel spring clip edge fastener? help finding product or name

I've seen them many times before but can't seem to find the an image, name or product. You know the clip on your houses circuit breaker panel door that keeps the door closed. It's a little metal ...
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How can I allow 911 first responders to access a locked residence? [closed]

What if I live alone and cannot unlock the door during an emergency? What can I do to enable 911 responders to enter my residence without tearing down the door?
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How to remove this door knob?

It's stuck now. So I am trying to remove it to clean or replace. Searched videos on youtube and didn't get any insight yet. Any tips about how to remove this knob is appreciated!
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What is this type of screw head?

Head is similar to a round, slotted head, except where the arrows point is like it was cut out. It is on an old double cylinder deadbolt. Wondering if I’m going to have to drill it out.
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Two way door lock for thin door

I'm converting one of the rooms in my 1840 house into an office. The thing is I have 5 kids and need to be able to lock the door so I can have some level of quiet. I also don't want the kids tinkering ...
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I am trying to find a way to open this lock to replace battery

I am trying to find a way to open this lock to replace batteries. I find no way to open it. See front and back pictures attached.
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What's the name of the “tongue” of a mortise lock?

A mortise lock has one or two "tongues" that enter into the frame of the door to keep the door closed, one that is pushed by a spring and moved using the handle, and the other is moved by the key. ...
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What's the name of a mortise lock that uses no key?

I need to buy a door lock that uses handles and that requires a pocket—the mortise—to be cut into the door. Something like this one or like this one. But one that uses no key nor any other locking ...
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What sort of lock do I need?

Would anybody know what sort of lock do I need based on this pictures? I'll dissemble it if that's impossible, but I wanted to avoid having to do the work twice and just buy the replacement. I'm ...
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How to remove Schlage knob / handle

For the life of me, I can't figure out how to remove the door knob/handle pictured below. I've poked in just about every hole I can find to look for a release mechanism on both the handle and knob ...
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set screw needed - do not know model

I need to replace the set screw on the inside lever of a kwikset door lock. I do not know the model number. How can I determine the size screw I will require?
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How to enlarge lock hole (small mailbox)?

Hi, Had to break my apartment mailbox lock open after the key broke. Been looking and no where seems to have a lock that small. How can I enlarge the current hole? I am far from a hands on guy, ...
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Should I purchase two lock cylinders to create a double-sided lock?

I have a deadbolt that I would like to replace. On each side of the door it looks like: Does one buy two of these for a door or is this another product?
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Can I swap the tumblers in two locks from the same manufacturer?

Can I swap the tumblers between two different locks from the same manufacturer? In this particular case, is it possible to swap the set of tumblers from one of the knobs into the wave handle? The ...
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My front door lock is too loose

I sprayed WD-40 in ny keyhole to stop my key from getting stuck inside. Now my knob is so loose that I don't even need a key to open the front door. I just twist my knob 2 or 3 times and the door ...