Common Problems with Locks

Any household or office has more than one type of locks. Therefore, it is common to encounter a lock with a simple problem that you can resolve.  For instance, if you have a loose bolt, a stuck key or a lock that won’t open, there is no need to reach out to an expert. With guidance, you can quickly resolve these problems and go about the rest of your door. One significant benefit of solving the lock problem yourself is the cash you save. Also, you stand to get some hands-on experience for future applications. So, let us discuss some of these problems you can solve and how you can solve them.

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Dealing with a loose lock cylinder

A loose lock cylinder could cause problems when you are trying to lock your door. It could be due to uneven screws, or a problem with the door. If you bang your door, then you will most likely experience this problem. So, how do you go about a loose lock cylinder? First, you need to loosen the screws, align the lock on its level position, then tighten alternatively. What we mean by this is, do not fix one screw into the door, but rather tighten the upper then lower one alternatively. If the screws are loose, hold the knob in an even position and tighten them. You turn the screws in a clockwise direction until you feel them rest on the spindle. If the methods fail, remove the lock and check the condition of the axle. Once you fix that issue, you can then go back and screw the bolt in place.

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How to handle a stuck deadbolt

Sometimes, due to constant banging of the door on the wall, the strike plate could come loose, and the alignment to the lock becomes vague. Also, it could deform when hit with a lot of pressure. These could lead to your deadbolt lock sticking in the strike plate, or fail to lock. To resolve this, you can try to screw in the plate tightly on the wall. If the holes are too big, you can fill them with glue and drill new ones. Then, you can try to file the edges of the plate to make them wider to fit the lock. On the same note, try sanding your lock to round the sides for better fitting into the strike plate.

Unfreezing your locks effectively

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Winters come with the festivities and also problems of freezing locks. As a result, your lock fails to turn, and you find yourself locked out of your home. With the snow covering the keyhole, you have a hard time fitting your key. Also, with time, due to friction, parts of your locks wear out and break. Before you call in an expert, you can try out some proven remedies. First, you can spray a lock deicer on the lock. These are alcohol-based lubricants that clear the pathway by dissolving dirt and ice on the clasp. If there is dirt lodged in the lock, try some graphite spray lubricant and then try removing the dirt. If all these fail, then you might have to replace some of the components rather than replacing the whole lock.

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Is your door lock latch faulty?

The primary reason why your latch may fail to fit into position when locking your door is misalignment. This is the case when the lock is not at the same level as the strike plate on the door. The latch could fail to fit due to a sagging door, a loose lock or a strike plate. If you notice that one side of your door is lower than the other, then you can start by checking the hinges. Tighten them and try locking your door. If that does not work, then check the lock, if it is loose, tighten it and try closing the door. Next, you can check if the strike plate is level. If it is not, use your level to fit it correctly on the wall. Fix it tightly on the wall, but not too hard to the point of breaking your frame. Another reason why you may be experiencing problems when locking your door is dirt on the lock or strike plate. Using a thin metal or screwdriver, clear the path of the debris and try turning the lock.