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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 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,...
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How can I adjust a door latch so that it engages securely?

My cousin has an external door with a knob lock and a double-deadbolt lock. She prefers not to keep the deadbolt locked. If she goes out through that door, she normally turns the knob, leaving the ...
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How can I lock a sliding door that doesn't have a door lock?

I don't know if this question constitutes a home improvement or life hack but I'll ask here first. We live downstairs for my wife's parents in Japan. My wife's mother occasional invades downstairs. ...
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Why did my locked door open by itself?

Why would our front door have opened by itself? It was locked. It has an entrance set - a latched, not deadbolt, knob handled, keyed on the outside and turnsnib on the inside style lock. We have had a ...
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What is the use the plugs over this deadbolt's bolt holes?

When re-keying our house, I came upon these unexpected bolt hole plugs in the deadbolt assembly. Is there a graceful way to remove them? I'd prefer not to take a small prying tool and force them out, ...
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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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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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Does the security certification of a lock relates to both bolts?

I have a Vachette lock installed on a door with a internal doorknob and no doorknob outside (one needs the key to open it). The lock is certified, which means that it is supposed to "resist to attacks"...
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How do you remove a Kwikset keyed latch

I have been trying everything the internet wants me to try to remove this lock. I've stuck a hex bit inside the little hex thing in the picture below and spun in every direction and still the handle ...
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Backyard shed with keyed hasp same as house key [closed]

Anyone know if there's a solution for locking a backyard shed, that would let me rekey it to be the same as a normal house key. The shed is a Tuff Shed with double wood doors like this: Currently ...
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Fence gates with two holes for lock and handle

I have a wooden gate and an iron gate, both have holes similar to how entry doors have for a door knob/lever and dead bolt. I'm not sure what kind of lock sets I need to install. I thought about the ...
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Making or obtaining replacement parts for a multi-point window locking mechanism

When I bought my house, it was fitted with multi-point locking systems on the windows. One or two of these have failed - an internal cast-metal half-cog has disintegrated. There is no manufacturer's ...
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What kind of lock is this, and how can I replace it?

This is the lock barrel from one of my window handles - the key jammed in it and when I pulled the key out, the barrel came with it. You can see on the photo where a small metal lug has snapped off, ...
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How to drill a hole in the wood without an electric drill?

During a travel in Laos, I need to drill some holes into a double-door's wood to install a locker. The wood is rather hard, and I don't have an electric drill (and can't find it). I only have 2 small ...
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Jack and Jill bathroom light sensing door locks

I have an interior Jack and Jill bathroom that is connected to two bedrooms. I'm trying to solve the problem of someone locking the other door when using the bathroom and then forgetting to unlock it ...
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How can I prevent an outside lock from freezing?

I store a bunch of the "outside stuff" in the shed for the winter. Mainly things that I only use when the weather is warmer. It pretty much remains locked up for the winter. Occasionally though, I ...
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Front door lock “clicks” after closing

I have problem with my front doors. I feel little pressure during key turning and after closing them when I pull the doors towards frame I can hear clicking noise coming from lock (like it turns a ...
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What factors influence the security of a front door lock?

Due to misplaced keys, we are going to either rekey or replace an old lock on our front door. The manufacturer was Barrows, which seems to be somewhat rare since our local hardware doesn't carry ...
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Old lock to pick

My new old house has skeleton key locks throughout. The home was remodeled and had new locks added to the entry doors on the main floor to use, however the skeleton key setup is still there for looks.....
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Metal doors, Mortise locks, and … mobile liner?

Spent last night retrofitting a fancy electronic combination lock on a metal door for the first time, and encountered something I don't understand. The door has previously had another mortise lock, ...
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Unlock an Omnia privacy lock with sliding mechanism from the outside of the door

Our bathroom has an Omnia brand privacy knob that I can't figure out how unlock from the outside of the bathroom. Unlocked: Locked: The outside of the door has a small hole underneath. I've tried ...
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Removing old Entry Door dead bolt lock

Attached is the picture of circa 1987 dead bolt lock from the back after removing the back plate. Could not find manufacturer name but seems like Kwikset based on key types. The front of the lock ...
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Wireless Security System deadbolts with door handle that locks - how to disable door locks

We installed a wireless security system to eliminate keys for entry into the home. This works well for the dead bolt, but the door handle has the lever on the inside to turn and lock. To enter, you ...
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entry door lock replacement

My keys might have been compromised. My options are : 1. Buy a Kwikset rekeying set and rekey all the locks (something I've never done before but there are enough Youtube videos that I can figure it ...
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How standard is American Standard Mounting for mortise locks?

If I have a door whick has been prepared for one ASM mortise lock, can I directly substitute another? For example, if the door had a Yale mechanical lock, would moving to a Kaba electronic lock just ...
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Multi point door lock security and can I use wood screws near it?

I've had a break-in so looking to improve my security. I have what I believe is called a multi point lock - see pic. Basically when you lock the door there are pins at the top and bottom of the door ...
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What type of screw should I use to install a latch lock on a metal door?

I want to install a latch lock on a metal door. What is the best type of screw for that?
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What does this double lock do?

I saw this recently and wondered: Why are there two lock cylinders? How does this work? Is this how this thing was originally designed? ...and thought someone on this site might have some insights. ...
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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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How to remove a stuck key?

A hypothetical question - if I get a key in the door lock from one side of the door, could I somehow use another key to open the door from the other side? And what if you could "engineer" the stuck ...
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Why can I no longer turn the knob of my self-locking door from the inside?

I live in an old apartment and the door knob on my front door has been having problems for a while. In theory, the door locks from the outside automatically, but can always be opened from the inside. ...
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What are the best option to Rekey My New House?

I'm closing on my first house on Tuesday and I'm interested in seeing if rekeying my locks is worth the effort. I think my options are: new locks, rekey it myself, and get a locksmith to rekey it. Any ...
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How do I unscrew these?

I'm a college kid trying to sneak my boyfriend in my dorm window. The first section is the holder on the window, the second part is the end of the slider on the window. All I have to do is disconnect ...
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Can someone unlock a locked door and lock it back again without the key?

Is it possible for someone to unlock your front door get into your house and then lock the door again without being supplied with a key?
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How can I fit a Schlage lockset in my front door?

I moved into a condo with a Kwikset lockset in the door. I wanted to replace it with a Schlage lockset, but the actual bolt portion of the deadbolt was too large to fit into the pre-drilled hole. If ...
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Replacing garage door lock barrel

Since I moved into my house, I've not had the key for my garage, so I'm looking into how I can get a new one. I've found what I think I need to replace on eBay, but there are a lot of variations on ...
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Weslock deadlatch is stuck

We have a weslock lock on the door to our garage (bought about 2 years ago), and it has gotton stuck. It would not open from the inside or outside. The key turns ok, and even makes the click sound, ...
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Quarter turn connection for plastic tubes — Design idea request

I'm developing a 3d project using AutoCAD 2013 and I would like to request ideas for a specific problem. It is not for a commercial project. It is about how to connect two hollow plastic pipes using ...
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Is it possible to modify my new europrofile cylinder lock to work in my traditional night latch?

We have a traditional night latch. We need to change the lock to use a different key. We accidentally bought a europrofile cylinder lock. I know from videos like this one that a lock can be ...
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Need replacement part for Baldwin Reserve “Columbus” handleset model COLXELL.TRR.OO3

The mechanism that opens the latch on our front door has broken. This is not as serious as it sounds because the main lock is a deadbolt (which is working fine). After some disassembly (OK, a lot of ...
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How can I remove a lockset latch assembly that's stuck latched?

My latch is stuck. I couldn't turn the handle, even unlocked, so I removed the handles. Now I've got direct access to the latch assembly, and I can't get the unlatching part to move (to the right, in ...
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Don't know where lever is to open top latch on steel cellar door

I recently took over my recently passed Grandmother's house and she has a furnace in the cellar. Of course, the furnace went out, so I need access to the cellar in order to fix it. I moved from out of ...
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Where do I buy a weather proof combination padlock?

I have a shed that I use a padlock to secure. The last lock I had lasted a year before failing. It cost about $40. My wife prefers combination so she won't need her keys just to work in the yard. I ...
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Big gap for interior lock

Problem: there is a big gap between the side of the door where the lock is and the frame of the recess, so that the lock latch doesn't reach the strike plate to keep the door shut. It takes a slight ...
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Is it worth having two locks in exterior doors?

I've noticed that some places have a lock in the knob and a deadbolt in the exterior doors, and some places have a knob without a lock and just a deadbolt. Is there a benefit to having a lock in the ...
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Replacing my locks/door handles

I'm going to replace the locks in my home. I'm doing this because we are renting the property out and I want to get keys that are "un-duplicatable" (the kind where only the owner is allowed to make ...
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Why does my latch not retract when I push or swing the door shut, but will retract when the knob/lever is used?

This just started today. I have to turn the knob in order for the latch to retract. Before, I could just push to door shut and the latch would retract when it hit the plate on the door frame. But now ...
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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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Removing a Schlage door knob with stripped screw heads

I made the mistake of trying to remove a Schlage lockset with a regular screw driver too many times. (The knob makes it impossible for an ordinary driver to seat properly on the Phillips screw head. ...
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How to remove this door knob on the mortise lockset?

I have an old mortise lockset that I want to replace. And I already removed all the visible screws and the cylinder. However, I am not able to figure out how to remove the knobs. I could loosen the ...