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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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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Looking for a professional opinions please! A guest of my neighbour got the wrong house & just accidentally got in using my neighbour’s key. Could this be down to chance or is my lock likely broken? Thanks v much! : Locksmith


ERA British Standard latch – these are often installed incorrectly by builders. Scarily often. If they left the cylinder screws out and only used the escutcheon screws to fasten it in place, the cylinder can sometimes rotate with any key. That’s more likely than the two locks being keyed the same.

Edit: I’ve just seen the filler! £10 and a bag of smarties says that the builder couldn’t get it lined up properly so chucked out or loosened some screws

Easy test to do to find out, but hard to explain. Give me 10 mins and I’ll make a video.



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Did someone try to break in to my house? : Locksmith


I don’t know much about lockpicking but I have picked locks before, successfully might I add. This was years ago however but on one of the doors I unlocked, a regular pin and tumbler lock, there was the 1st cylinder, the cylinder that you literally look at, and what must have been a 2nd cylinder that actually unlocks the door when turned.

When I picked the lock, I could engage the first cylinder, if I remember correctly, from applying both the tension wrench and the pick correctly and rather easily. This didn’t unlock the door and the cylinder couldn’t be turned backwards when it was turned in a direction. It had to be turned all the way back to the starting position in the same direction. So the door would unlock when both cylinders were engaged simultaneously in the same correct direction bc the 2nd cylinder unlocks the door and the 1st cylinder allows entry to theunlo cylinder.

Now with my house door, it seems to have the same mechanism with a hand-turned lock on the inside. I have never tried to pick it but I think the hand-lock works independently of the 1st cylinder.

So the other day, I unlocked the door (by hand) to go out, and I noticed the 1st cylinder was out of place. I’ve tried inserting the key only partly to see if the 1st cylinder would budge, but it doesn’t. Doesn’t that mean the 1st cylinder needs to be engaged to move?

I would have completely dismissed it as anomalous if it weren’t for me noticing the exact same thing the next day when going out again.

So is someone trying to break in or am I missing something? Bc from my understanding, a key cannot engage the 1st cylinder without also engaging the 2nd meaning that the key can only be removed when both cylinders are in the starting position, and the hand-lock doesn’t engage the 1st cylinder at all. However, a pick and tension wrench can engage the 1st cylinder without engaging the 2nd… I think.

So how did it happen?



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Just bought a house with an August Smart lock, and the key turns the lock forever without unlocking the deadbolt? : Locksmith


Hi guys–I’m having a hard time finding a solution online, since most support is for sticky keys and is for issues that can be solved with WD-40. I’ve just bought a home and the previous owners had an August Smart Lock on the deadbolt (which they left for me). It works fine from inside and effectively locks the deadbolt, but when taking the key to the outside, the key will spin forever in the lock without unlocking the door. Because this key is good for all the locks (garage, door handle lock, patio), I’d prefer not to replace all the locks, but I”m wondering if this is familiar to someone here who can help me learn how to fix it? Relying just on the smart lock and garage door opener makes me a little nervous vs. having a physical key I can unlock my door with. Thanks!



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Abloy Protec2 Double Deadbolt – Locking all thumbturns from outside the house : Locksmith


I asked about this here before, I asked r/homedefense, I asked SecuritySnobs and I asked Abloy support, and everyone is wrong.

My question was, can I go on vacation and lock all of the thumturns on my Abloy Protec2 deadbolts with lockable thumbturn?

The answer was always NO, as you need to unlock one of them to leave the house, so one lock with have an unlocked thumbturn

This is wrong. Just open the door, lock the thumbturn in the locked position, take your key out and put it in the outside of the door, unlock so you can close, then you can just lock it from the outside again

Now all your deadbolts have inoperable thumbturns, so if you go on vacation and someone busts a window, they still can’t use the door

I just wanted to post here, as it seems no one knew the correct answer



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New House with odd Deadbolt : Locksmith


So I just bought a house and bought a standard deadbolt to change out the lock and saw it wasn’t standard. There’s no holes drilled in the door frame or the door to install a standard deadbolt. Because of the way the deadbolt is designed there’s a nice slice of the door frame cut out to fit the strike. What are my options to install the deadbolt I bought? Should I just get a locksmith to help with the installation? Thanks!

Pictures of the current deadbolt



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