Questions tagged [lock]

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

0
votes
1answer
19 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
91 views

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
9
votes
8answers
34k views

How do I disable a locking door latch?

I have the following door handle / lock combination that leads out to my garage. The key for the door has long been lost and sometimes someone will turn the internal lock and the door cannot be opened ...
4
votes
5answers
15k views

How can I remove a jammed, broken key from a lock?

I have a key to an apartment mailbox that was almost impossible to get the key in and out of to unlock, and in trying, my roommate broke the key off in it. From looking in with a light, it seems that ...
1
vote
2answers
747 views

Are garage door locks that cannot be opened from the outside available?

I would like to replace my garage lock with a lock face that does not permit opening it from the outside. I don't have a key to it anyway, and right now it's the weakest link of my home security. I'...
0
votes
2answers
61 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
47 views

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. ...
0
votes
5answers
3k views

Latch won't retract into my door unless I turn the knob

Starting about a week ago, the latch on my back door knob won't retract into the doorknob unless I turn the doorknob. This means to close my door properly I have to unlock the doorknob, turn it, close ...
7
votes
5answers
19k views

How can I remove a key that has broken off in a lock?

I broke a key off in the lock of a desk drawer. The lock doesn't look easily replaceable, so how can I remove it? I've tried tweezers but they can't get enough of a grip to pull it out.
0
votes
2answers
42 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
2k views

How to remove strange looking strike plate

I'm replacing my locks in my house and I can't get this strike plate removed. It had two pieces. I was able to remove the latch assist (curved piece to help slide in). Now I'm just stuck tugging at ...
0
votes
1answer
484 views

Repair or installation of a mortise lock with deadbolt in an exterior door

A relative got locked out of a rental house (out of state landlord) due to a balky mortise lock in a decorative metal frame outer door. He called a locksmith to get him back in and the locksmith ...
0
votes
1answer
83 views

How to modify door lock, so it doesn't automatically locks?

I live in Germany, where all doors I saw are automatically locked when closed. So, when one closes the front door, one also needs the key to open it. So, what do I need to do to prevent the front ...
2
votes
2answers
141 views

Re-key a lock so it's always openable without a key

The locking mechanism on the sliding door for my balcony is crappy and it sometimes locks people out on the balcony if they aren't careful. One idea I had to make the door safer was to just store a ...
0
votes
0answers
30 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
232 views

What should I do about a screw jammed in my deadbolt?

So, I recently purchased a new house and went about changing the locks. The doorknob worked well, but not so much on the deadbolt. Installed everything but one screw which wouldn't budge. I ended up ...
2
votes
1answer
53 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

Have kwikset deadbolt with interior knob with setscrew is not coming off after setscrew has been removed why?

Kwikset deadbolt interior knob with set screw removed yet knob will not come off, what else can I do to remove the knob?
2
votes
3answers
1k views

How can I disable a turn button lock without destroying it?

This has been asked before, but answers often center around "don't use the lock" or put something in the slot. The door to my patio/pool has deadbolts and a lever lock. No one ever admits doing it, ...
0
votes
2answers
64 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
72 views

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 ...
1
vote
2answers
75 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
52 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
12k views

Can I change from a mortise lock without buying new doors?

I have two external mortise lock doors that will only open with skeleton key. After several years I'm ready to upgrade. Will I have to get a new door or can I upgrade these to modern locks. I've ...
3
votes
8answers
32k views

How do I open a padlock after it has frozen?

I do some maintenance on the neighborhood ice-skating rink. To control the lights, there is an outside electrical panel that is locked with a padlock. This padlock always get frozen. Every time I ...
38
votes
11answers
16k views

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?
1
vote
2answers
63 views

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!
1
vote
2answers
87 views

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.
0
votes
1answer
69 views

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?
2
votes
4answers
2k views

Opposite of double key deadbolt

I'm looking for a deadbolt that has the handle/knob on both sides. Basically the opposite of a double-key deadbolt. The purpose is to put it on our basement door out of reach from the kids. An adult ...
4
votes
2answers
152 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
49 views

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.
0
votes
0answers
90 views

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. ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

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 ...
8
votes
7answers
69k views

Did I break my Kwikset SmartKey lock by trying to rekey with a key that doesn't fit all the way?

I got a Kwikset deadbolt lock (has key hole on both sides instead of key hole externally with latch internally). This lock uses SmartKey technology so you can rekey the lock to use a new key rather ...
1
vote
2answers
142 views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
483 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
61 views

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?
0
votes
1answer
236 views

Should I replace a knob lock when replacing a matching deadbolt? [closed]

I've got three external doors with Callan knob lock and deadbolt sets. The deatbolts on two of the doors have failed due to a part on the inside that has deteriorated. I was hoping to replace the ...
0
votes
1answer
56 views

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, ...
0
votes
2answers
128 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
187 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

How to repair a lose door handle?

I can almost pull out my door handle. There is a loose ring as well. And since a picture is worth a thousand words: More details: There are four screws on the inside of the door, they are all ...
16
votes
8answers
38k views

How to tell if your locks are bump proof?

I was reading about lock "bumping" where burglars buy 'bump' keys and can open locks very quickly. I was also reading that some locks are bump proof (double chamber perhaps?). My question is: how can ...
1
vote
2answers
73 views

My door was locked but the handle came off, uses non-traditional unlock

Sorry i'm in a bit of a pickle here. So this particular lock style uses plastic with metal on the inside. As far as I could see there was no traditional latch mechanism to trigger to open the latch ...
0
votes
1answer
376 views

Replace handles/locks on Novoferm garage door

We've got a Novoferm Canopy garage door, which has a plastic D-handle like this one: (Photo taken from this site.) While certainly functional, it's not very appealing visually. The door itself is ...
0
votes
1answer
51 views

Magnetic lock does not lock

We have a magnetic lock on the front door of our apartment building. From time to time it stops working - it just doesn't lock the door. It seems as it doesn't have power or is somehow turned off ...
0
votes
2answers
85 views

Replacing doorknob and my current hole is bigger than the new doorknob

We are replacing our old doorknob with a new Schlage that is keyless. The current hole in the door is bigger than the new doorknob. Any suggestions on what we should do to cover the old hole?