Deadbolt/nightlatch/springbolt lock not locking when my door is shut. The handle is extremely loose. Any ideas on how to fix this would be appreciated! : Locksmith


I should add that I don’t know which type of lock it is, a deadbolt/springbolt/or nightlatch or what the difference is between those. The lock can be opened from the inside by pulling down on the handle. It locks when the door is shut. To unlock from outside you have to insert the key (tooth-side facing up) and then turn to the right about 20-45° the lock then pops open. It’s difficult to see in the picture but this is a Yale lock



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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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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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Can a convert a vintage Schlage NOVO exterior push-button locking knob to a Kwikset keyway? : Locksmith


What type of Kwikset-keyway’d cylinder (if any) can I put into a 1950s Schlage NOVO push button locking knob? I don’t have a key for the lock, and I don’t know how to pick it. And, I would like to use the Kwikset key for the other doors in the house.

If it helps, it is an A series, which they say is like the current models Georgian, Plymouth, Tulip, Orbit, Levon (lever)



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Night latch not locking from outside : Locksmith


Just need some advice, I fitted a night latch to a customers door and they advised two days later this isn’t suitable as they cannot lock from the outside. Looked at my suppliers and online can’t find anything that does this. Has someone come across this before? Or found one that does lock from outside. Also can I charge for the new lock as they didn’t specify and now I’m having to buy a whole new lock? Thanks I’m advance. It’s a era high security night latch.



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