Well this doesn’t look good… Moments : Locksmith


So what situations have you gotten into were you know it didn’t look good but you went ahead with it anyway?

Last night, I had to do laundry everything was gross. Immediately after it goes in the wash, I get an on-call lockout. (It was a mythically quiet day.) So I throw on the most professional old work pants, black solid t-shirt and the monogrammed work hat and off I went. Client didn’t bat an eye.

Other entries were a malfunction on a rim lock, were I had gotten the cylinder off the door and tried everything to walk the bolt back but was getting no movement, eventually I just pounded the lock off the door from the outside, filled the screw holes and converted to a deadbolt. 9pm in a condo making so much noise, ahh the days after apprenticeship.



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Cannot access the other side and apparently the locking mechanism is broken inside and the handle doesn’t turn all the way. I tried putting a small screwdriver into the pinhole to try to get the door knob off and can’t get anything to release. Please help. : Locksmith


That’s definitely for a detent, not a set screw. This is probably a Defiant or some other cheapo knob.

OP: The detent probably isn’t in line with that little hole so to be able to press it you will likely have to rotate the knob CW or CCW in order to be able to push it in.



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Is this quote crazy for rekeying new home or am I just a newbie who doesn’t know any better? : Locksmith


Hello lock experts! First time homeowner and just closed on our home on Monday. I had a locksmith come out today and they quoted us nearly $900 to rekey the entire home! Yikes! I researched the average cost of rekeying a home before he arrived, and was expecting a number in the $200-$300 range, but maybe I drastically miscalculated?!

Here’s the breakdown of the job:

4 Kwikset deadbolts (one sided) – 1 Kwikset deadbolt (double sided) – 1 Schlage deadbolt (locksmith was going to replace with a new Kwikset so every door could be opened with the same Kwikset key). Time 2hrs (but he was charging me for 1hr because he was 5.5hrs late). Home is in CT.

The locksmith seemed like a super nice guy, but… $900?!

If that is normal, and I’m just having a bit of sticker shock, perhaps there is a better way to go about getting all these doors to have the same, but new key?

Thank you so much in advance for any and all advice!

(Edit: Gor my hours wrong and adding my location)



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Deadbolt throw doesn’t extend all the way sometimes : Locksmith


I have a schlage 562p double cylinder that I’ve installed and the throw will extend all the way for a while and then it becomes inconsistent and I can push the deadbolt back in with my fingers. This has been the case for two deadbolts so I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. It feels like the tailpiece works for a bit then starts binding up?



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