My lock latch wont open and I cant push it further down to unlock it. Any help? : Locksmith

It’s fucked. Send the videos to a few reputable locksmiths and get quotes. They will be able to open up the door without causing damage and replace the lock case. No need to change the cylinder so your old keys will still work. As a guide, we’d charge £120 total to do this on normal working days. We’re in London though, so it may be a bit cheaper if you’re elsewhere.

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Looking for an exterior lockset with the push and turn function so it stays locked after using the key. : Locksmith

I’m looking for an exterior lockset like the one on my old office where you could push the button in and turn it so that when you use the key it would stay locked. Home Depot only seems to have locks that unlock with the key and stay unlocked. Any suggestions on a brand or model?

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If someone left a key on the inside of a lever tumbler lock, is it realistically possible for someone arriving from the outside with a correct key to push the inside key out and unlock the door? What if the person were ‘careful’ to ensure the inside key was vertical? : Locksmith

With pin tumbler locks, no. They have two completely separate cylinders in North America, and two separate plugs in the same cylinder in Europe (typically). There are no connections between both save for the meshing of cams and such. That means that a key inserted inside does not even reach the tip of where the outside key goes.

In North America, leaving a key inside does not usually prevent someone from using a key outside. I have a double cylinder deadbolt on my house door and typically always leave a key in the inside cylinder and it does not affect the operation of the outside cylinder. If I had the inside key on a heavy ring of keys, maybe, but I doubt.

In Europe (with profile cylinders), leaving a key inside, if it is turned, will prevent the outside cylinder from operating because the cam will not be lined up correctly to permit the outside plug to work.

If you’re talking about the rather inexpensive mortise locks that use a bit key, those share the same mechanism for inside and outside, and it can be done provided the inside key is in the neutral position. If the inside key has been turned, then you must turn it back to neutral before pushing it in further to make room for the outside key. These locks don’t have the keyhole in the lever, but on the door usually below the lever (or knob).

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This lock mechanism on our new t handle won’t stay in. After installing it no matter which way I turn and push it always comes out. How can I fix this? : Locksmith

……..Wow, nobody knows shit in this thread. You need a hook lockpick or a ‘control’ key to depress the back retaining wafer when the cylinder is pushed into the housing, this allows for it go to deeper and have the retaining wafer be locked into the housing, you may have to unlock/lock the device to get the right timing.

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