Questions tagged [lock]

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

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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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Apartment entry knob issue

I have been having issues with my apartment door not opening when I turn the knob. The knob is very loose and as a result, it is able to move left and right. Although functionally, turning to the ...
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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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How do I replace an old-style (“wide screw posts”) garage T-lock handle?

My garage features an old-style T-handle very similar to Prime-Line GD 52169 or National Hardware V7643, except that the distance between the hole centers is 1-3/4". Unfortunately, I cannot seem to ...
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What is this type of lock called?

My bathroom lock is broken and I am looking to buy a replacement, but I don't know what its called. Here is a photo of the broken one and a working one from the toilet. Would anyone know the search ...
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How can I open this locked window?

To be clear, this window is in my house, which I own. However I don't have a key that opens it. Below is another window in my house (exactly the same as this one) which I do have a key for. I've ...
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Can you help me identify what sash lock key and bolt I need?

I live in a rented apartment on the ground floor of a council building in London. As I live on the ground floor I'd love to have some extra security on the sash windows. The agency has no clue what ...
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Slider Door locks from inside but not outside with key

I can lock my slider from inside with no problem but when i try to lock it from the outside with the key (I have tried several keys) it does not lock but I can see the hook go up the same as it does ...
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Removing a key stuck in a SmartKey lock

Is there a way to remove a key that is stuck in a SmartKey lock? I inserted the key as usual, but it wouldn't turn and then couldn't even be removed. (It had worked okay a few minutes before, and no ...
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Schalage deadbolt lock stuck

Is there anyway to open this lock? I tried a lot but it doesn't budge! Attaching some pics and a video of the lock. Appreciate your help
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Installing a deadbolt lock on a metal door & metal frame

I live in an apartment where the front door and its frame are both metal and hollow inside. I didn't have trouble installing a deadbolt lock with one of the doors because you could remove the strike ...
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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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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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Securing a basement suite with door to main floor

I live in a basement suite and the door to the main floor has a lock on the landlords side. Is there a simple way to secure it from my side?
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mortice lock that can be opened by turning the doorhandle either way?

We have a number of doors between rooms on which my partner would like to have traditional porcelain knobs instead of modern handles. Replacing the handles is not an issue, but these doors have (basic)...
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Do I need a special kind of locksmith for accurate installation of latches in a solid door?

I have some expensive doors made of solid oak and I need them to be drilled and mortised for latch sets. I am a little nervous about hiring a random locksmith to do this work, because if they screw up,...
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Remove a problematic bathroom thumb lock

I have a broken door lock mechanism that needs replacing so I removed the door handles on both sides and moved on to the thumblock but I could not find the expect allen key fitting that normally holds ...
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Deadlock convert (or mod) to smart

I want to convert my entry door to a smart lock, but I haven't found any that are compatible with a jimmy proof deadlock. I've attached an image of my deadlock, and I was hoping someone could point me ...
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Window latch? What are these called and where can I buy them?

My windows has 3 of these per window, positioned top middle and bottom on the inside of the window frame. These catch the lock on the window to secure the closed position. However on some windows, I'...
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Lock / barrel malfunctioning

Kwikset lock, when depressing exterior thumb lever, Barrel will not detract all way
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Lock stuck open, key is out

I was opening a door at my place. You have to turn the key to open the latch while the handle remains locked. I did this and while the key was turned i pushed open the door and the key popped out. Now ...
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Door lock for doors with borders

The door has a border which is about 1.5cm raised from the door. The door has a barrel slide lock however because of the raised border there is no place to put the latch. This is why I initially just ...
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Reconfigure metal door lock system from mortise to individual door knob and deadbolt

I have a metal door with a privacy mortise lock with a thumbturn. I can't drill any new holes outside, we must use the existing hole for the door knob and deadlock. I have to replace the existing ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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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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 ...
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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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I have one key left for an old Mortise lock, where can I find blanks?

I have one key left for 2 Mortise locks in my house. I would like to find blanks to have spares cut. Where is the best place to find or order blanks for such locks. It is not a skeleton key. It ...