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 kind of door lock called in English?

Would it be called "overlap door lock"? Instead of being installed inside the door, it is screwed outside of the door.
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Jack and Jill bathroom locks

What kind of locks do I get for a jack and jill bathroom so that you can have privacy in the bathroom as well as in both bedrooms?
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Schlage lock used indoors jammed

I used an outdoor Schlage lock as an indoor passage lock. Somehow the lock is Jammed and I'm down to do I use a sledge or call a locksmith. The key wont turn. We took the molding off and have access ...
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Gap between door and frame is too large at latch location

As you can see in the photo the gap is the right size towards the top and bottom of the door but widens in the middle and is the widest where the lock is so the bolt barely reaches the strike plate. ...
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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 to tell what brand a door lock is?

For rekeying locks, how can one tell what brand the locks are? As far as I can tell there are no indications on the outside of the locks and I haven't taken them apart yet to check inside. Any ...
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How to remove Schlage deadbolt?

I want to remove a Schlage deadbolt so I can re-key it. I don't have the key (previous owner lost it). The deadbolt has keyholes on both sides. Here's a view of the inside face: The outside face ...
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how to fix: the lock core came out and it's still locked?

I captured a photo for The problem, the core came out and the key just rotating 360 degree with no effect. any help please?
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How can I open a locked door with a half destroyed cylinder lock?

On my new bought property there's a locked door whose cylinder lock was destroyed by drilling in it from both sides. The hole indoors is 24 mm deep, the hole outdoors 23 mm. Now the plugs on each side ...
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Where can I find a key for my old locks?

My house was build in 1938 and the whole house has these door knobs everywhere. I believe they were made by Dexter. Is there a way to ID them properly and, if so, where can I find someone who makes a ...
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Hardware to lock an internally opening door from the outside

Key Question: How to lock an internally opening door from the outside. I know that I could use a security hasp (image) or I could change the doornob but I am trying to avoid these two options. Why ...
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How to get a new tumbler pattern to re-key existing locks?

I suspect I don't know what terminology is correct which is why I can't find any information on this via google. Say I have standard door locks (Schlage or Kwikset) that are fairly new and I have ...
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How can one replace a Lori branded lock that won't fit in a new door

I've replaced an exterior door on my house and the old deadbolt won't fit in the new door because the back set is different. The deadbolt key is common to all my exterior doors, and I'd like to be ...
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Front door is stuck on a stopper

I have a double door front entrance. The second door(the one not frequently used) does not easily open because it catches in the groove for the vertical lock. I usually need to unhinge it with a ...
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Hollow Deadbolt

I was looking at a door look recently and noticed the deadbolt had a hole through it so that it was hollow (the hole was only .5 inches wide or so). Also there appeared to be a plastic plug in the ...
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should door locks and deadlocks be keyed the same [closed]

Should door locks and deadlocks be keyed the same. Is there any advantage or disadvantage (besides having more then one key) in having them keyed different?
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Replacing a Novoferm garage door lock

We've lost the key to our Novoferm garage door lock and as the company that installed it quoted over a hundred pounds to fit a replacement I thought I would get the lock and fit it myself. I took the ...
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What is this door mechanism called

I am planning to flip a door round so it opens with the hinges on the other side. Before I even start I want to know if the 'lock' mechanism exists in a mirrored format so the door can still open into ...
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How can I remove a deadbolt from an interior door and close the bore?

We have an interior door in our new (to us) home with a Schlage deadbolt that we want to remove. Is there a commercially available metal set-up with no keying? Both door sides & strike plate... ...
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Installing Kwikset Kevo on a door to control more than the deadbolt

I own door which the key not only controls the lock but also to open the door. There is no extra handle to open the actual door. You just turn they key once more and the door opens. I wish to install ...
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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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Without Access to the Garage Interior, How Can I Replace the Handle/Lock?

I have an external garage, with a manual overhead door (no powered opener). There is no side access door. After the recent winter, I tried opening the garage again, and the handle will not turn. I ...
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Is my doorknob handleset installed correctly?

I recently had a new front door installed and the installer also installed a new doorknob handleset (it's a Schlage F60 V CAM 619 ACC). The new door is weather and impact resistant so it opens out ...
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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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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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Temporary lock for a door

Is there a way to lock a door temporarily without making modifications to the door or its frame; or making minimal modifications like screw holes. I don't want to be cutting big circular holes in the ...
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Which mortise lock/brand I should get to replace this one?

I got the Marks Metro mortise from HomeDepot and thought it would match the current size (I thought mortise has a standard size). However, when I try to replace it, the old mortise is a bit bigger. I ...
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Is it possible to replace Mortise Door Lock With Sash Lock with a thumbturn deadbolt?

As a novice, I was wondering how I should find the correct replacement for a mortise lock. I wish to change it to one with a thumbturn deadbolt. This is what it currently looks like and measures: ...
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How to remove Schlage lever mechanism?

I'm trying to remove a schlage lever on an interior door (there is no lock, only a latch). I've removed the levers the latch the finish covers two screws that connect the two halves of the lever ...
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can cylindrical and mortise locks be keyed alike?

I am about to buy a patio door and a side entry door. They are from different manufacturers; both come without handle trim (no lever, rosette, etc) but with locksets - one cylindrical and one mortise. ...
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Door lock broken

How can I fix this problem with my door lock?
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How to unlock a locked interior door?

The door to the bathroom in my house was accidentally locked and I can't figure out how to unlock it from the outside. The knob has 3 holes on the outside: The hole in which on a normal doorknob you ...
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How do I make a table drawer child-proof?

I want to build a drawer into a table that is held shut by an unseen lock (probably magnetic). The drawer front would have two small holes in it. The handle for the drawer would fit into the two ...
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How to stop door knob latch from twisting and sticking on strike plate?

The latches on a couple of doors around the house have started twisting when they are turned. Sometimes this causes the latch to get stuck on the strike plate, meaning the door doesn't close properly. ...
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Key stuck in Security Door

My home door is a Security Door using this type of mechanism . The lock itself is about 20 years old and i now have a key stuck in it. The key is on the inside and will rotate almost 90° in both ...
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Searching for replacement keys for specific window lock

I have this window lock on two of the windows in my flat: The key required for this is hexagonal, and it has a pin hole in the centre. Here is the lock in context: Does anyone recognise the lock, ...
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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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Rekeying pattern for duplex with shared front door

I have Kwikset KW-1 5pin locks (At least 10 of them). Since I have a duplex, I'd like to make two keys and have three locks (Unit 1, Unit 2, and Common) So that each tenant can have a single key ...
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Should I rekey new locks before or after installing?

I'm buying several Schlage smart locks for my house. I'm gonna buy one to make sure it fits on all my doors and then buy the rest. Is it better or cheaper to these rekeyed before installing them?
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How to install a replacement lock in a mailbox?

How do I install this lock in my mail box? Where do I twist/turn/rotate/pull to separate the thick front part from the end part?
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Sticky Euro cylinder lock [duplicate]

I have a Euro cylinder lock like below and it has got rather sticky - the key turn isn't as smooth as other locks. Does anyone know how to lubricate it to make it less sticky? I've read about ...
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Is this door striker and lock safe?

This is my first house and I didn't notice little things during the viewing etc. At the time more interested in condition of the roof/furnace/foundation. Anyway get into it and start noticing little ...
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Adding a mechanical part to a lock insert

After some cases of vandalism (objects inserted in the lock from outside) I would like to get rid of this single point of failure by adding, on the internal side of the lock, an electro-mechanical ...
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Best way to reinforce beam for a deadbolt?

I want to install a deadbolt into the garage door but with that one beam of wood I feel someone could easily kick it open? What's the best way to reinforce it before installing a deadbolt. Or if ...
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Options for replacing mortise lock with keyless lock

The main door to my apartment has a Baldwin interlocked mortise deadbolt/lockset combination... basically one of these: I would like to replace this with some kind of electronic, keyless system, but ...
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Which tools to use for changing locks?

I am new Home owner. I want to change locks and do it myself. I have never used a screwdriver set before and do not own one. If anyone can recommend what tools I will need to change the locks. ...
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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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Are surface mount deadbolt latch door lock inherently unsafe?

I want to install a digital lock on my front door. It is surface mounted and its latch-catch is attached to the jambs by just 2 screws. My house is in a gated community, so o don't expect anyone ...
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Which parts are missing from this vintage lockset?

I'd like to get this lockset back into working order on a vintage 1-3/8" interior door with 2-3/8" backset, but do not know which parts are missing. Here is what I do have: Also, either the door has ...
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What is this door hardware called?

Can someone help me out and let me know what these are called? I'm looking on a DIY site to order one but can't work out what these are called to be able to find them. As you can see in the picture,...