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Old 10-24-2010, 11:17 AM
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New deadbolt won't turn with the key

I replaced my deadbolt about two months ago. All of a sudden it will no longer turn by using the key.

It still turns freely if using the interior lever. Also, the key goes in fine, but will not turn. I've tried 2 keys with the same results.

Any ideas on what's wrong?
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Old 10-24-2010, 11:30 AM
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Try a tube of graphite in the key hole. One puff of power will lube the pins inside the lock. Don't over do. Squeeze the tube once and that's all you need.
http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/TUB...ubricant-1WVK9

you want the dry powder.

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Old 10-24-2010, 12:16 PM
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Be sure to get the dry graphite powder for locks. Any hardware or locksmith shop has it. The tube has a long neck that goes inside the keyhole.

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Old 10-24-2010, 12:27 PM
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Thanks, ace. I'll give it a try.
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:43 PM
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If that doesn't work, you may have a small burr on your key. Try vigorously rubbing the sawtooth edge of the key agains another key edge, as if you were trying to cut the other key in half. It's not enough to damage either key, but may dislodge something you're not seeing.
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:53 PM
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If that doesn't work, you may have a small burr on your key. Try vigorously rubbing the sawtooth edge of the key agains another key edge, as if you were trying to cut the other key in half. It's not enough to damage either key, but may dislodge something you're not seeing.
I tried 2 different keys with the same result, so I'm thinking it's the lock vs the key.
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:09 PM
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I tried 2 different keys with the same result, so I'm thinking it's the lock vs the key.
pull it apart and reinstall it. The outer mechanism may have shifted and is now binding. You could have bumped it carrying something in.
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:27 PM
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Is it a Schlage? (Sp?) If so, if it was mounted 'upside down,' there's a good chance the pins have all dropped out of alignment. This happened to me last month, about two weeks after the lock was installed. Cost me $65.00 and the locksmith told me the condition I describe was becoming common with that brand.
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Old 10-24-2010, 01:49 PM
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Is it a Schlage? (Sp?) If so, if it was mounted 'upside down,' there's a good chance the pins have all dropped out of alignment. This happened to me last month, about two weeks after the lock was installed. Cost me $65.00 and the locksmith told me the condition I describe was becoming common with that brand.
I have Kwikset locks that I inherited with the house. One of the deadbolts can't be opened with a key. When you try it, the entire core comes out. Even the locksmith couldn't fix it when he re-keyed the place. POS.
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Old 10-24-2010, 05:32 PM
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I have Kwikset locks that I inherited with the house. One of the deadbolts can't be opened with a key. When you try it, the entire core comes out. Even the locksmith couldn't fix it when he re-keyed the place. POS.

He could not? did he offer to sell you a replacement?

I cannot for the life of me understand how it could not be repaired. If the plug is coming out then it is a clip issue, if the whole plug comes out, then the spring tabs can be replaced. very odd.


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Old 10-24-2010, 05:50 PM
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He could not? did he offer to sell you a replacement?

I cannot for the life of me understand how it could not be repaired. If the plug is coming out then it is a clip issue, if the whole plug comes out, then the spring tabs can be replaced. very odd.


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No offer of a new one. He even called another locksmith who was more familiar with Kwikset, who said it couldn't be fixed. Weird. I used to install and defeat locks as part of a job I once had, and never heard of a lock that couldn't be repaired unless it was trashed somehow.
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:44 AM
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No offer of a new one. He even called another locksmith who was more familiar with Kwikset, who said it couldn't be fixed. Weird. I used to install and defeat locks as part of a job I once had, and never heard of a lock that couldn't be repaired unless it was trashed somehow.
you'd think it had a C-clip that popped out. I've dealt with that before but the cylinder didn't come out, it just spun in place.
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Old 10-25-2010, 12:46 AM
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FYI, some locks are offset to the latching mechanism and it is possible to install either key side or latch side upside down which would cause them to bind.
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