How to lock this door from the outside if all the locks in the house are the same. What can I install that doesn’t require drilling? : Locksmith


Way back when hotels commonly used this style of keys, I believe Yale, among others, made a keyhole blocker that had a cam not unlike the current Euro profile cylinders, and would fit in the keyhole and once the blocker’s key was turned to remove it, it effectively locked itself in the keyway. The standard key no longer would go in the keyhole. To open the door, you used the blocker’s key first to remove it completely, and then you used the standard key.

You might have luck finding one on eBay as I believe they are no longer made. I cannot guarantee that it will go into your lock, however.



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Is a set of interconnected locks on a door with a keyed lever & deadbolt easier to pick? : Locksmith


Hello. I purchased a condo apt. and I haven’t even moved in yet and have had 2 break-ins. One of those break-ins was after I changed the lock cylinders. They weren’t forced entry break-ins.

About a week ago I realized that the door has an interconnected handle/lock. So if I’m in the apt. with both locks locked, and I need to leave asap, I pull down the lever and both locks unlock and stay unlocked.

From the outside, if an intruder wants to open my lock, if they bump the keyed lever, will the deadbolt automatically unlock, because they are interconnected?

This condo building was built in 2004 in Oakland, CA. I’m sure that my interconnected handle/deadbolt combo is one of the originals, from 2004. A lot of other owners have changed their handle/lock combos.

Is an interconnected handle/deadbolt required, by building code, in multi-family buildings in the state of California?

Thanks in advance for your help! πŸ™‚



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Random question – Do most locksmiths do door work too like route out hinges, latches/deadbolts and their plates? : Locksmith


I want to replace the hardware in my house. Been through a few handyman that butchered my exterior doors and having trouble on some interiors door issues too.

Is it rare for a locksmith to be proficient in doorframe repair, having templates to route properly, having router and spades?

I’ve had a few handymen that haven’t worked out. I have all the hardware, but probably need to different latch plates for interior doors.

So do locksmiths only really work on the key part of the lock, or do they do more?



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Trying to figure out what type of lock this is and if it’s safe for an exterior door or we should replace/add a deadbolt. 1950s house. : Locksmith


Sorry if this isn’t a good place! But if this question is OK, I would be very happy for any information anyone could give.

We were debating whether or not to replace the doorknob. (If we don’t, it obviously needs to be polished.) I think it seems unsafe for an exterior door but would love any additional information. Can’t quite figure out what they would have called this type of lock back in the day, so my google-fu has hit a dead end.



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Replacing this unique (to me) entry door mortise setup : Locksmith


We got this modern style stainless steel front door when we remodeled our house a few years ago.

The main lock/handle is a mortise. We didn’t realize when we bought it that it’d be imported from Europe, so it might be a “European mortise” if that’s a thing.

The cylinder is definitely Euro style.

Now here’s the kicker: The main lock not only operates a pretty massive deadbolt in the middle of the door, but also a second one near the bottom of the door.

This picture was on the door reseller’s website, and accurately describes how our door works.

We want to replace the main lockset for multiple reasons (functionality, appearance) but don’t know what we’re in for because of the possibly non-standard (for the US) nature of the mortise and because of this internally connected second deadbolt.

Sadly the reseller is unresponsive to questions.

Has anyone seen one like this before? Have any advice?

Thanks!



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