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How can I allow 911 first responders to access a locked residence?

Call your local police department and inquire about a "Knox Box Key". They probably have a master already to open one. You will need to buy the one they suggest or have a locksmith get involved to ...
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How to open a door that has the insides of a door handle inside without a door knob

See the lock insides? That's a metal sleeve, with an inside sliding piece. That inside sliding piece is connected to the latch bolt. Push it to the left, and voila! Some additional details. This is ...
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How to open a door with no handle

Put something in the square hole that catches (need not be a perfectly fitting square, but round won't work) and turn the latch mechanism.
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Bedroom door lock

You should just replace the lock with a keyed lock for the time being. Since all that's required to open a passage lock is "a little screwdriver" it does not offer much "security" ...
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Why does the tongue of the door lock stay in the door, and the hole in the door frame?

The doorknob is attached to the door. This allows someone to twist the knob to retract the "bolt" and then, as a part of a continuing motion, pull on the knob to open the door. It's hard to ...
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Unlock door with no knob

I would remove the hinge pins and unmount the door. Once removed, the hardware should be visible to remove the bolt assembly.
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Do I need this special strike plate on my laundry room to garage entry? It's creating problems with a new lock

That little plunger is called a dead latch. It requires precise and correct alignment between the door latch and the strike plate with no excuses. The purpose of a dead latch is that if it is held in, ...
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How to open a door with no handle

Put a slotted screwdriver into the square hole snugly, corner to corner, and turn either clockwise or counter clockwise.
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How to get locks that are keyed alike?

Actually, they do. Look at the packages for "Key Numbers" Every lock package will have a prominent 3-5 digit "Key Number" somewhere on the outside of the package, typically the ...
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Is it possible to replace just the antique locks or will I need to get whole new doors?

If you really have your heart set on replacing the lock sets on those, I'd recommend taking the whole door off with the handle and hinge included and taking it to an architectural recycler. As noted ...
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How can I allow 911 first responders to access a locked residence?

The least expensive solution here is to buy a combo lock key box. You place a key to your home inside, put the box somewhere accessible outside and, if you call 911, you simply provide them the ...
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How to open a door with no handle

Note the OP didn't say the handle is missing, merely detached. You can open the door with the handle, even without re-attaching it, simply by putting the central spindle back in the square hole. It ...
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How do I unscrew these?

We were all young once. You need a Torx screwdriver of the appropriate size https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torx Actually due to the pin in the middle it is more technically security Torx. Harbour ...
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Is there such a thing as hardwired/powered keyless door locks?

The word you're looking for is "Electric strike". In this system, the door latch is not powered or operated at all. The door striker plate is. In essence the door frame lets go of the door. ...
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How can I allow 911 first responders to access a locked residence?

My mother lives alone and is in a wheelchair so she has limited mobility. She has a number code door control and local EMS has the code on file. She also has a "I've fallen and I can't get up!" ...
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How to open a door with no handle

Insert closed scissors, diagonally, inside the hole. Open the scissors as much as possible, to get a perfect fit. Turn.
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Install lock on electrical panel

Your panel already has the knockout for a lock. It is immediately above the latch. See graphic. Read the label, it calls out the Siemens part number for a lock kit. Or you can bring the deadfront to ...
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"key will unlock the door" vs "key will *open* the door, but not unlock"

Lock functions (as applied to your question) What you're discussing is called a lockset or latchset's function. There are five functions that are considered "basic" in the world of doors ...
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How can I remove this Kwikset entry door dead bolt lock?

There are two small indentations in the screwheads that a large screwdriver will fit into for screw removal.
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Suggestions for gate latch issue

One option would be to drill holes through the post to allow you to use the lock that you have (or perhaps a slightly longer lock).
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What is this kind of door lock called in English?

These are usually called "rim locks" in North America and the UK. Maybe different elsewhere.
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What is the protective plate on a door lock called?

Some doors have this plate that guards the latch mechanism. You have one answer in that sentence, Guard and latch, just reverse them to "Latch Guard". It is called many things, A "...
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What is this kind of door lock called in English?

I have usually seen these just called "surface-mount locks". I have never seen "rim lock" used in the (Eastern) USA.
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What kind of window is this? And how to open it?

Yep, looks like you hit it with Preston type, it's a screw drive that pulls the window in like a hopper window. Behind the cross-shaped part with the screw (threaded section) should be a part that ...
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Why won't my door's latch set open when rotated downward?

This is more than just "what is intuitive". It is an important convenience issue if you are trying to enter if the door is unlocked but closed and you have your hands full - elbows work ...
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Mailbox Lock - removing tailpiece without locknut

Slide the U-channel straight up by maneuvering a flat blade screwdriver between its tab and the lock casing and manipulating it. Now you have a U-channel in your hand, and the lock is loosy goosy. ...
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Why there are two locks on my patio door?

This is an extremely common setup. The top lock is a deadbolt. A deadbolt, within the limits of design (some types of locks are easier to pick than others) and installation (a lock is in a weak door ...
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Repair antique lock

I don't know much about locks but my first guess is that it was a spring and hooked up something like this: the 3 notches would allow adjusting tension. Should be easy enough for you to verify by ...
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Suggestions for gate latch issue

It would be fairly easy to retrofit a proper locking latch. Product link (for reference only) Here's one that locks from either side. You'd need to grind off the old one, drill for the new one, ...
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How to “lock” a bathroom door without drilling or spending too much money?

I'd be inclined to replace the locking mechanism with a new similar one. Direct replacement. Always change back at end of lease. Who's to know? Not expensive. Otherwise a notice outside the door - 'Do ...
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