Questions tagged [lock]

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

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What is this worn part on this door handle assembly?

I've been having problems with our Kwikset front door handle. It's a lever on one side, and a press down latch on the other. When you try to open the door, it doesn't retract the bolt all the way. ...
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Cannot remove Kwikset knob eventhough unscrewed

After several hours I've been unable to remove my Kwikset deadbolt eventhough its unscrewed. There is NO set screw on the knob. I've even tried pliers to separate from the deadbolt without success. ...
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How can I remove this commercial Schlage door latch?

I just moved into a new place and am trying to swap out the front door lock with a smart lock. It appears that the house (which was built in the 70s) came with some industrial locks and I can't seem ...
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How to secure a door lock's box and strike plate? It keeps shifting

We recently moved into a mobile home and one of the doors would keep opening. I adjusted the box and strike plate (just moved them all the way over, shifted it over to the right to be closer to the ...
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Are there any kinds of door locks immune to being opened with a credit card?

I live an apartment and am unable to secure my bedroom door due to a large gap in the frame. Due to the gap, it is extremely easy to take a credit card and open the door from outside. Even when the ...
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Key stuck halfway in door lock

My bedroom door has a lock on it and the key is stuck between a 90 degree turn and the top (pictures below). The weird thing is that when I turn it counter clockwise it moves the latch bolt just a ...
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How to remove old schlage lock system

There is no exposed screw, there is only a tiny hole in the handle. Can't figure out how to open it.
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How do I get this locked doorknob off?

I'm writing this on my phone (laptop is locked in my room), so I apologize if this isn't formatted well. I also know nothing about tools/doorknobs, so forgive me for not knowing the exact terminology ...
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How can I better secure my door?

The situation is this: I live in a rented flat in a building. There is a door that allows access to the building, which can be opened from the outside only with the key. After that, there is the door ...
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What style/type of storm door handle and lock is this?

This storm door handle has gone bad and needs replaced. With my experience in the past, these handle sets are very specific styles, and not something I can just go to a big box store and find a ...
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Fixing a misaligned door lock

I have a typical lock in an exterior door as shown. Note that this door also has a deadbolt, so this is perhaps not a critical fix, but I still would prefer this non-deadbolt to be working properly. ...
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Re-assemble vintage (1960's) Schlage front door knob assembly

Refurbishing front door of 1960's MCM house. Fully functional brass Schlage door lock with large rosettes on front and back. I began to disassemble to clean by pushing on collar pinhole closest to ...
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What is wrong with this filing cabinet lock mechanism, and what options do I have to improve it?

I recently got hold of a second hand filing cabinet. I do not have keys for it. When I put some hanging files in the top drawer, I noticed that upon closing the drawer, the part of the file that hangs ...
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Metal gate slide bolt jammed

I have a black metal gate at the back of the garden which was installed about 12 months ago. When going to open the gate this morning, the key fits in the lock, but doesn't turn fully to allow the ...
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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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"key will unlock the door" vs "key will *open* the door, but not unlock"

Can anyone help me with terminology to describe two different types of functioning in a door lock. (Please note, I am not talking about a lock that is broken.) My front door and my back door both have ...
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Internal lock with modified flat bolt?lock

I have a surplus military case that I want to house a group of sensors inside and strapped to my car's roof rack. It's painted to avoid looking like anything but a typical cargo box. I'd like to add a ...
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Install lock on electrical panel

I have this Siemens electrical panel and I am looking for a way to install a lock on the panel door so that it can only be opened with a key. Any suggestions? Are there latches that already have built ...
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Handleset Identification

Changing the lock fixtures on my house for the first time and hit a snag when disassembling the handleset. I bought a typical Schlage one (this one to be exact: https://www.build.com/schlage-f58-ply/...
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Door lever sticks down

My new entry door uses a Baldwin La Jolla handle set with interior lever. After the pro installer completed their work I was disappointed to find that the interior lever likes to stick in the down ...
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Lost skeleton dresser key

I bought a dresser from someone and they said they lost the key. What is the best way to open it? It would be ok to force it open but don’t have any idea how to do it.
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Closed the closet door and Kaboom the acorn thumb latch broke off. Looking for a solution to open it

After I closed my closet door the acorn thumb latch fell apart. The part I depress with my thumb fell off in front and the door is locked. There is a small hole where the thumb piece was inserted, but ...
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Best lock for side hinged wooden garage doors

We've just had a new pair of oak garage doors installed at the front of our house. We want to be able to open these doors from the inside and outside. Therefore, a simple padlock or internal bolt ...
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Do I need this special strike plate on my laundry room to garage entry? It's creating problems with a new lock

Good day everyone. I recently replaced my existing keyed Schlage lock with a keypad security lock on the door from my mudroom to my garage. The door is metal and the frame/jamb has thick rubber/...
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Finding replacement upvc door keeps

We've recently moved into a new house and we've found that some of the doors are not closing properly. We had a locksmith in to change the locks and he mentioned that we needed to get a 'keep' for ...
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How to “lock” a bathroom door without drilling or spending too much money?

I am currently renting an apartment with a few flatmates, but it seems that the keys to the bathroom door have been lost. The owner of the apartment is not open to modifications. We are trying to find ...
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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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Millenco Lockmaster Mantis 3 lock - extra part after rebuilding

tl;dr - where does the horseshoe-shaped bit at the bottom of the picture go? Long version I've been trying to refurbish the locking mechanism (gearbox?) for my street door after it got so stiff the ...
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Needs to fix this bed, this lock is keep on turning, did not tighten up, can anybody guide me?

I was trying to fix this lock but its not working, out of four one was intact and it locks right away, I am looking for new locks or to fix old locks.
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What's the (current) process for getting Arrow locks fitted by USPS?

I'm not sure this question is at all appropriate for DIY.stackexchange, but it seemed the best fit so if it's not appropriate here it's probably not appropriate anywhere. Perhaps this is a question I ...
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Internal latch plate stuck in latch bore?

I am trying to replace my interior door knobs and am really struggling to remove the latch in my bathroom door. The latch plate (which goes into the latch bore) was painted over so I assumed that’s ...
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How to remove this latch handle (no screws, no slot)

I am having difficulty removing this latch handle. I've removed the face plate but I'm unsure of next steps. For context, the handle isn't working.
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Sliding Glass Door Mortise Lock Replacement

I live in Florida and I have a Hurricane sliding door there the lock has failed. I thought that this would be an easy thing to replace, but when I removed the screws to take the lock out, there is a ...
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How can I open the latch mechanism on a Schlage keyed entry lock without the doorknob?

I have a problem almost exactly similar to How to open a door that has the insides of a door handle inside without a door knob but I have a more complicated mechanism. Basically while installing the ...
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Door knob lock not moving when turned to lock

I have a bathroom doorknob that when I lock, nothing happens to the lock (by lock I mean the thing that moves and stops the door from moving I don't know if there is a technical term) I can pull the ...
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Bathroom thumb turn lock unlocks when handle pushed down

I believe we have a thumb turn lock on our bathroom door. You twist the thumb lock bit from inside to lock the door and can see on the outside that the line is turned diagonally so can see it is ...
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What would cause one tool chest drawer to fail to lock?

I have a Harborfreight U.S. General upper tool chest (part #64440) that is only a year old. The upper right drawer fails to lock. The remaining ones do. No tools are blocking anything as the drawer is ...
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Using "interior" door lever on an exterior door

I'm replacing the doorknob on my front door; I like the look of this lever, but it's described as For use on interior doors requiring no locking functionality, such as hallway or closet doors. (...
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Why can't mortise locks be installed upside down?

I purchased a mortise lock for a gate today and the person at the shop told me to make sure I install it right side up — lock on top and handle on bottom — and that a lot of customers install them ...
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What is the protective plate on a door lock called?

Some doors have this plate that guards the latch mechanism. For some reason my search-fu is failing, I found tons of diagrams of lock and door parts but I can't find that plate. What is that called?
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How do I find a locking doorknob for an existing door with a non-standard backset?

I'm trying to replace a lockless interior door's knob with one with a lock (not a "privacy lock", but an exterior-door-type key lock). The existing hole and knob has a non-standard backset ...
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Door hardware need to replace [closed]

I need to replace this door hardware but not sure how or where to search. I have checked eBay but there are so many and hard to know what one for sure will work . Any help would be great.
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Convert a single side lock to a double sided lock

I have an electronic latch with a push button buzzer (it’s used to unarm the door in stay mode) to avoid ppl using the door handle manually instead of pushing button to disarm alarm for 5 seconds. I ...
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How to change the cylinder on this Esety barlock?

My main door has a vertical reinforcement bar that locks into the ground and above the door. Unfortunately, it does not share the same key as the main door lock on the left. I would like to replace ...
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Which key cylinder do i have to buy

I have a really old door in my appartement in switzerland that has a hole in it for a key cylinder. I have never seen this type before because of the 2 holes next to it. I think it could be some kind ...
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Locking Sliding Closet Doors

I need to lock my bedroom closet doors. There are two doors that can slide - one door in front, and one door behind. (Bypass doors) There is an overlap in the center of the two of about 2.5 inches ...
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What kind of cylinder do I need for this type of lock?

I have a Fleetwood Archetype door lock for sliding doors that I want to improve by adding an external locking mechanism. It looks as following: The lock is described in more detail in its patent ...
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Older Schlage double cylinder deadbolt with single small hole next to key. How does one remover this deadbolt from door?

Older Schlage double cylinder deadbolt with single small hole next to key. This is the same on both inside and outside. No other visible fasteners. How does one remove this deadbolt from door? ...
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What is this mechanism on my door jamb called?

What is this mechanism on my door jamb called? It’s screwed to the door frame where a striker plate would be, and acts like one, except the black plastic part retracts instead of the striker on the ...
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How to loosen this strange nut of a cylinder lock? [duplicate]

I bought a new letterbox lock (Burgwächter ZBK-70, pdf datasheet/drawing), but the bar is too short. I'd like to exchange that bar, but I have no clue how to loosen the bolt. So far, I tried it with ...

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