I have a door with the lock broken in locked position. It appears I will
hvae to remove the door off the hinges to get this broken lock out.
However, this door has one of those spring loaded hinges (they close the
door automatically, more or less). Can such door be removed from hinges
while the door is in closed position?
You don't have to take the door off the hinges.
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Take a large flat screwdriver and a pair of large channel locks and tear the
part of the latch unit that you can see, out of the door. Then reach in
between the door and the frame with a very thing flat screwdriver and work
the latch back into the door. You can probably get a replacement latch at
Home Depot. If you can't find one there, a locksmith will definitely stock
them. You may have to settle for one of the cheesier adjustable ones, but
to be honest, I've never seen one of them fail the way the better non
adjustable ones do.
Bob DeWeese, CML
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Bear Lock & Security Service, Inc - A full service locksmith company
specializing in professional, cost effective solutions to your
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In alt.home.repair on Sat, 26 Feb 2005 11:35:55 -0500 Gautam Thaker
When I was 11 and my uncle was 42, he took our front door off so he
could drill a hole in it and install a peephole. It was a two inch
hole for a pointable eyeball like peephole. I was 11. I thought he
knew what he was doing. Now I'm older than he was then and I see no
need to have taken off the door. Power drills were probably a little
heavier then, but iirc he used a brace and bit.
I don't think you need to take off the door either.
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I once had a Schlage AL53PD Lever Lock detach from the latch. It was
installed by one of the contractor's laborers and he had not enganged the
latch correctly. The door was locked, steel door and frame and it was a
devil of a time getting it open. I hope I never have another one.
Actually, yes I did, but since I had put a high security cylinder in it a
few weeks before, the contractor didn't want to own up to it. You know, the
old "You touched it last, you screwed it up!" line. The owner didn't want
to pay for it (shouldn't have to). I got stuck in the middle as is often
the case when working with commercial new construction. I spent more time
documenting it than I did fixing it. The owner contracted with me, so I let
the owner and contractor battle it out but it's no fun being stuck in the
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