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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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Replacing Sierra Pacific's lock hardware with keycode locks? [closed]

I have recent Sierra Pacific doors, which use keys. I'd like to switch to a keyless system. Sierra Pacific themselves doesn't offer that option, and can offer no retrofit ideas either. An option is to ...
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Bathroom Door Handle/Latch is Broken

The handle was not working properly and wouldn't activate the latch. Handle seemed to be acting as though it was locked when it wasn't. I took the plate off the latch and found that a piece of it was ...
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Exterior Antique Mortise Lock Jams - Modify?

Looking for (experienced?) advice on my antique mortise lock. I bought a door with an included mortise lock in SC. The bolt bears the name "Clinton," which I believe to be a late 1800s lock ...
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I lost the keys for a gate's lock. Where can I find a replacement cylinder or how can I get new keys?

I lost the keys for a gate's lock and I need to find a replacement cylinder or a way to craft new keys. The cylinder has a peculiar shape. I couldn't find any brand on the gate or lock. I did find a ...
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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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Installing a lock for bedroom door

I have room mates and would like to be able to lock my bedroom door from the outside (via key). That way I can lock the room when I leave for work, etc. Right now the door has a typical round door ...
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How do I use a T-handle for a garage door without a key?

Disclaimer: I am renting a house with 4 other people. There is no key for the garage door. The T-handle is usually aligned vertically. I unlock the garage by simply turning the handle counter-...
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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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How do I access my attic through a locked panel door? What kind of key do I need?

I have a leak in my roof that's coming through my ceiling. I wanted to get up into my attic to track it down and get a bucket underneath it as much as I can, but I'm not sure what type of key I need ...
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What sort of dual-locking gate latch will work in my situation? [closed]

Contractor installed a gate - metal frame with composite “wood” slats - in my backyard. I want to be able to lock and unlock the gate from either side but the contractor is having trouble finding a ...
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Can mailbox locks be rekeyed?

I have two mailboxes: My primary home has a cluster mailbox with a standard CompX lock (it was replaced ~5 years ago, in case that's relevant), and my second home has a standalone mailbox that I own. ...
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How do I clean and lubricate the mortise lock on my front door

The latch bolt in the mortise lock on my front door hangs, presumably because of built up grime. At any rate it gets stuck before exiting the faceplate fully (see picture below), resulting in it not ...
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What can I use to return a seized door lock to service?

A few days ago the key to the front door started to malfunction. I used a spray from the store to clean it up. At first it seemed to improve things but later the lock became completely stuck. I also ...
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DIY Solution to rental doors with no latch

I just moved into a rental that has double doors (french door style) to the bedroom with handles but no latch or lock. It looks like past tenants have installed locks at the top of the door but it's a ...
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Old Mortise Lockset - Help figuring out a replacement type

I'm trying to replace a very old lockset on an exterior front door. It would be great if you all could help me figure out a replacement. From what I know, I would guess this is a 2-1/2" or 2-3/4&...
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Okay to screw into a vinyl sash?

My new replacement double hung vinyl window sashes were just delivered, and one is missing the locks. There are divots but no holes. I can reuse the locks from the old broken sash, but can I just ...
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Why do my keys not work in my brand new door lock?

I bought 2 cheapo Reliabilt locking door knobs with keys to replace the existing door knobs/locks on a breezeway (the keys to which were lost long ago) and I'm unable to get the keys that came with ...
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What do you call this pin holding two metal pieces together

I have a cabinet with a locking mechanism that's missing the pin shown in the following image from an identical cabinet. (Looks like a brass pin with a black crest-shaped clip holding it in place.) ...
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How do you fix a door lever that won't fully retract the latch bolt? [closed]

My front door lock won't open when I depress the lever on the exterior of the door. That's because the lever isn't retracting the latch bolt fully enough. (See photo below of what it looks like while ...
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What's the name of this type of lock?

I need to replace this bathroom lock: I drew the blue and red lines to show that the bolt and the handle are "staggered". Most locks I find have both in the same line, which is a problem ...
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My front door’s handle is loose - is there anything I can do about it?

Here’s a video of it loose: https://imgur.com/a/XRWKlVn Is there a way to fix it or do I need to replace the entire front door lock/handle? Edit: added additional videos of the inside. Can I just buy ...
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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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General Purpose Smart Lock -- how to approach the need to turn this deadbolt?

I can't take apart this door or handle or lock mechanism. (I rent this apartment long term.) How do I approach adding a smart lock to a door handle like this? The need is to go over this deadbolt knob ...
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What is the type of this window opener?

I know that this is a very old window opener, it has a body like espagnolette window opener except that the working principle is quite different. There are two metal bars passing by the upper and ...
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How to change locks on front door with old handle-set?

It is unclear to me how to change the locks on my front door. The handleset is old and the alignment of the deadbolt/key/knob doesn't seem to match what I see in Home Depot (see picture). Any advice ...
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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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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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Can I repair and rekey this salty security door?

I bought a new house that has an awesome security door that's missing the latching mechanism. It has a lock but I don't have a key for it, so I'd also like to rekey it. I started trying to take the ...
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How to open a door with no(or half?) a doorknob

I was studying in my living room when a gust of wind from the open window closed my bedroom door. I didn’t mind because, even though my doorknob is always falling off, I usually keep it close to me in ...
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I am unable to remove my Schlage door handle [duplicate]

The Schlage door handle has a semi circle Hole instead of the small round holes I see on new door handles and I am unable to remove handle with pins, small screw driver and Allen ranch. Any ...
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deadlatch operates by a simple push instead of push & turn [closed]

The door locks at my church are constantly being accidentally locked because the deadlatch button can latch by a simple push. Someone comes up and turns the handle, but inadvertently pushes the button ...
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Repair antique lock

We've bought a 1950s home and started doing minor reno's to the place. My partner loves the old door handle & locks so I'm trying to get them all in working order. One of the latches on the lock ...
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Are lock cylinders (internal mechanism) lubricated in the factory? [closed]

As far as I know, the internal mechanism parts of the lock cylinder are made from zinc/brass and when this part develops problems spraying a dedicated spray (based on PTFE) through the keyway usually ...
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How should I repair this metal gate lock?

The latch on our metal gate rusted and snapped off. I'm having trouble finding a latch similar to this one that bolts onto itself rather than being screwed/bolted into the gate. Since I cannot find a ...
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What type of lock is this?

Here's a bit of back story I live in Missouri and their is no laws in place for either a landlord/management or maintenance to give me advanced notice or any notice of any kind to gain entry into my ...
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Frozen Kwikset door latch

I was having trouble with this door getting stuck shut, and now it is firmly frozen shut. This is just a standard latch, not a deadbolt. I took the knob off, and that does not help. How do I get this ...
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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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Issue with locks opening on both sides [closed]

I got a lot of locks for a new hotel (bungalows), and I want to make one side of the locks inaccessible to any key. (They have 3 doors so only one needs a key for both sides). Is there some way to ...
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What type of lock is this, and can I replace it?

I apologize for the verbosity - I don't know the relevant terminology that would make my situation clearer. I have a metal cabinet with this lock (which doubles as the door handle). The first image ...
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Why there are two locks on my patio door?

I noticed that my side door is equipped with two locks. The upper lock is a single-cylinder deadbolt, while the lower one is a lever lock. Both locks are operated using the same key. So what's the ...
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How to find a Pella multipoint locking gear box replacement? [closed]

The gear box for my locking French doors broke. I am not sure how to find the exact replacement part or if it is even available. The Pella service team will attempt to schedule a service call, but 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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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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Microwave door latches in wrong position

I have an AEG KM8403101m Micromat combi oven. During cleaning last week the door switch got locked in the closed position (even though the door wasn’t closed at the time). The microwave now shorts out ...
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How do I remove this door handle from my front door?

I am trying to remove a door handle from my front door but I can't figure out how to get it off. I have taken the screws off the plate (with minimal force) but I can't pry the plate off: There are no ...
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Is this lock secure if the screws are on the outside of the door?

Our landlord recently replaced the handle and deadbolt on our front door, and I realised last night the screws affixing it are visible from the outside: You can see the tip of the screw on the inside ...
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How do I disable the key part of a smart lock?

I have a Schlage smart lock with a key pad and a keyed lock on the outside so the lock can be opened using the keypad or the key. I would like to disable the key function so it can only be opened with ...
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Why won't my door's latch set open when rotated downward?

I have a Honeywell door handle with keypad. To open the door I lift the handle up instead of the intuitive pushing it down. I asked the person who installed it to fix that and they checked and told me ...
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How to lock inward opening window in place?

So I have a window that opens inwardly, however I can't figure out how to lock in place. I can close the window just fine, but once open it won't stay in one spot, especially if it's windy outside. I'...
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Rekey smart lock for 2 keys [closed]

We are using smart locks. We need Tenant key and office master key to operate lock. Is this possible and how?
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