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

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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
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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How can I acquire or create a replacement latch for my service panel?

(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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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?
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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!
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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.
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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 ...
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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.
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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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, ...
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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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My door was locked but the handle came off, uses non-traditional unlock [closed]

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 ...
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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 ...
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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?
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Why do some door locks require the key to be twisted twice? [closed]

This has been nagging me lately. Why 2 twists? I mean one twist seems enough to keep the door essentially locked. If the extra twist is for strength, wouldn't it be a better idea to implement a ...
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why is a cylinder lock key not symmetrical?

If you look at a mortice lock key from the side (https://tradelocks.co.uk/cylinder-mortice-borg-locks/key-blanks/6-lever-mortice-key-blank.html), it is symmetrical from tip-to-base. This is because ...
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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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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 ...
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Courtyard Gate Lock

So I own a Spanish Revival style home with stucco walls, red clay tile roof....and a courtyard cordoned off in my front yard walking up to the house. Nice feature for hanging outside but a bit of a ...
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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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Which kind of locks should be installed on external wooden glass panel doors?

When you have an external glass panel door it may be simple for a criminal to break a pane of glass to access the handle and lock inside. What types of locks are appropriate to install on a door of ...
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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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