Questions tagged [lock]

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

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I screwed up with my Kwikset lock during rekeying

I bought a Kwikset rekey kit to rekey the locks at home. However, at the beginning I did not turn the lock to "lock" position; instead, it was in unlocked position. I then followed the instructions ...
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Door lock stuck, will NOT retract

Interior laundry room door leading into garage. Keyed door lock will NOT retract no matter what I do. Can't take door off hinges b/c middle hinge is one of those spring loaded kind that doesn't have a ...
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How to remove this broken latch and handles?

I am trying to remove this door handle and latch, but I cannot figure out how to. I have removed all the screws, and I think the thing still holding it in place is the lock. The lock appears to have ...
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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?
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Adjusting deadlatch so it doesn't fall into strike pocket

Our front door's deadlatch falls into the strike pocket when pulled close -- if gently closed, it's ok. So it just needs a minor adjustment. If you look at the latch, you can see where it has been ...
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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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How to open a door that has the insides of a door handle inside without a door knob

Currently this is what my doorknob looks like below I was trying to change out my doorknob and left both sides inside of the room but the AC kicked on and shut the door on me and now I am stuck ...
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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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Swapping Lock On Exterior Door

I thought this was simple standard take out the old, plug in the new. However, I am switching from a Schlage to a GateHouse and the (excuse my lack of terminology) actual "lock", the piece that ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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How can I create a pocket door locking mechanism? [closed]

Anyone know how I can make a pocket door lock? My brain is designing a few but can't figure our the best materials. I used to have a chain slide lock but i had to break into my room.
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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 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 ...
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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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What can I use to back a door jamb strike plate with no framing behind?

So I'm trying to replace the original entrance handleset door lock from my almost 100 year old house and after removing the old lock and patching up the holes. I looked inside the door jamb and ...
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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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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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Mortise lock conversion from key to privacy?

I just bought a house from the 1920s and all the interior doors are mortise locks with skeleton keys. I would like to change some from key to privacy with a thumbturn. Is there a way to simply ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Lock type for a door on a large box

I have this large wooden box (2x4's and plywood) that I am making, with a single door (blue) on the front, hinged at the bottom. It might not be clear from my crappy sketch but the door is the full ...
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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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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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How can I remove the interior side of a Kwikset handle set with “interconnect”?

I just moved into this house that came with a handle set that includes some kind of interconnect plate on the inside that serves to unlock the deadbolt when the knob is turned. I want to remove the ...
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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 ...