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Security door with lock guard

It's called a "Thumb Turn Cover", "Door Latch Guard", or "Cylinder Guard" and installs under your thumb turn mount plate, so it should be a DIY job. It took me a very long time to pick out my ...
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Cannot adjust dropbolt on bifold doors which is catching

That is called a manual flush bolt. The piece that protrudes through the top and bottom of the door is called the bolt head. Both the bolt head (which is threaded to an actuating rod), and the ...
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Replacing deadbolt

Yes. You snap it off along a score with a pair of pliers.
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Will installing a deadbolt on a 1920s bathroom door decrease the resale value

Privacy locksets (generally used for bathrooms and bedrooms) are designed to be less secure than a keyed lockset or deadbolt for a reason. In the event that access is needed from the outside (due to ...
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Lock can be opened with credit card even when deadlatch is fully depressed

If the strike bolt can be depressed by direct pressure when the small strike is not fully extended, then the lock is poorly made or broken. Replace it. You should consider using a lock of higher ...
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Unable to get bolt out of door

If you are saying the bolt is extended into the frame and won't retract, try pulling the hinge pins and removing the door by "opening" the door on the hinge side.
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Ways to mitigate safety risks with double cylinder deadbolts on enterance/exit doors?

The way to mitigate the safety risks is to not use a key inside. It doesn't provide any protection, anyway, so there is no good reason to use that type of lock; it is inherently unsafe even if ...
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Deadbolt locks from outside with key, but not from inside

In a deadbolt, the key cylinder is often directly linked to the bolt. But the hand turn-able knob only actuates on the cylinder. So under normal operation, the knob turns the cylinder, causing the ...
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What is the use the plugs over this deadbolt's bolt holes?

Those are screw caps, to prevent nasty people from tampering with the cylinder. They are generally removed by drilling them out.
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Unable to get bolt out of door

The bolt may possibly be held in the door frame by friction due to misalignment. If this is vertical misalignment, using a prybar under the edge of the door and shifting the door up a little may allow ...
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How do I find a replacement door lock for this?

If you are having a hard time finding the strikes that do not have the rectangular plate, many latchset makers have the round ones like you have in the box with the others. Seems to me that they make ...
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Replacing my locks/door handles

Yes, a novice handyman can easily replace door knobs and deadbolts. All of these come with good instructions, so read and follow them and you will be fine. In North America, residential door knobs ...
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How to install deadbolt into a thin door?

To my knowledge, you won't find any modern in-door deadbolts that can accommodate such a thin door. Even if you padded the width of your door around the installation point to reach the minimum needed,...
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Do I need to do anything special when drilling a hole for a deadbolt in a 2 inch door?

No, actually, the locking rod is made to snap off at various lengths, to make up for varying door thicknesses. Make sure to center the bolt itself on the door edge. Disregard the factory template, as ...
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Question about outswing door on attached toolshed

Sometimes sheds just are not built like standard construction. You are right that the door is mostly hung on what appears to be brick molding. If you want real strength from the hinges and the latch ...
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Question about outswing door on attached toolshed

No and no (well yes, but not with the results that you want) It was done that way because it was installed backwards (on purpose) as an out-swing door rather than the typical in-swing door while the ...
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Weird cylindrical deadbolt housing

Everyone of those that i have encountered as just be pushed in. Sometimes they are held in by friction and sometime they are loose and fall out. It could be that is a snug fit and when the screws that ...
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Smartkey rekey making multiple copies question

Most hardware stores have the equipment to copy keys as do locksmiths. Take the key in and tell them how many copies you want.
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Smartkey rekey making multiple copies question

Ever have a briefcase or combination lock where you can change the combination via a procedure? And once you do, the new combination IS the combination, and the old one doesn't work anymore. That's ...
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Did I break my Kwikset SmartKey lock by trying to rekey with a key that doesn't fit all the way?

One of the "smart Levers" inside the core kept misaligning rendering my key useless to turn the core. I took everything apart, removed one of the 5 smart levers and it now works fine. Thanks for the ...
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How do I find a replacement door lock for this?

I know these are older posts but I found it looking for the answer to the same question. If you search "drive in latch" with the brand name of the lock you are trying to get a round insert lock for ...
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I need to remove this deadbolt but it's not coming off

Looks like it is a double cylinder deadbolt (has key cylinder on both sides). Use a flathead screwdriver to remove the two black bolts.
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Enlarging a deadbolt door knob hole on a steel door

For this scenario, since it's a hollow core door, I'd get your plywood templates aligned on the outside, and drill in from each side of the door. If you had a solid core door, I'd worry about not ...
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Old mortise lock bolted from inside

Modern mortise locksets for bathrooms usually have a deadbolt release on the outside, opposite the deadbolt knob (or thumbturn) in the inside. The release is intended to be operated using a coin or ...
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How can I remove the interior side of a Kwikset handle set with "interconnect"?

If anyone still needs help with this, i finally figured out the right way to remove this type of interconnected lock set. Thanks to Locksmith Ben, who was kind enough to help me on face time :) There ...
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How can I remove the interior side of a Kwikset handle set with "interconnect"?

The inside knobs are often removed on this type of product via a small slot or hole that will be visible at the stem of the knob. For a slot insert a small flat blade screwdriver in the slot and press ...
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The deadbolt on the door is broken preventing opening the door.

This may just be friction from the door frame pressing on the bolt, caused by humidity changes or a shift in the frame. If so, pulling or pushing on the door while trying to retract the bolt may ...
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How do I find a replacement door lock for this?

Fortis is a schlage product. go onto their web site and you might find what you are looking for. but most schlage products the parts are interchangeable so you can buy new locks and just reuse the ...
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Opening and closing solenoid deadbolt with key

The normal way is to not use a solenoid to operate the deadbolt but to open the striker plate on the other side. This is called an electric strike That way you can use a conventional key operated ...
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Ways to mitigate safety risks with double cylinder deadbolts on enterance/exit doors?

It's all about keys. If you need a key to open the door, make sure you'll have a key when needed. You need several of each key, aside from the one on your keychain. Your life is worth spending the ...
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