My front and back doors have locks which I want to disable. They are
the type with two buttons under the latch -- you push one in, and the
doorknob can't be turned, you push the other one in, and the doorknob
The risk is that somebody will push in the wrong button one day, and
they'll close the door behind them or the wind will blow the door closed
and there won't be a way back in.
I can't wedge anything in tightly enough to keep the correct button down
-- the gap between the button and the rest of the plate is as thin as
the period at the end of this sentence.
I'm reluctant to use any glue unless I know it's a) permanent and b) not
going to flow in somewhere it shouldn't and screw up the regular latch
mechanism. Can someone recommend something safe to use?
I'd like to avoid taking out the whole plate if there's a 3 second fix.
There are already two deadbolts on each door so I'm not worried about
needing the security.
> Not too difficult to remove the lock assy. remove the cover plate and
> disable the buttons. Old door locks are pretty simple.
Until you lose the small part(s) you removed, making the change permanent.
Why not stick a piece of chewing gum on top of the button that you want
to leave pressed in? It's eventually removable, but it'll remind anyone
not to press the button. Of course you could also use latex caulk,
silicone caulk, roofing tar, duct tape (the aluminum kind), etc, etc.
Randy Crawford http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~rand rand AT rice DOT edu
Our house has been under "renovation" since the 1970s. Do you know how
many baggies of parts we have?
Of course this is good advice for temporary stuff and if it's organized
and the volume is manageable you can do it for more perm stuff as well.
Use JBweld or a similar metal-to-metal epoxy,
and glue a thimble over the "wrong" button. It may
eventually get knocked off, but it will be
obvious when it does. Meanwhile, figure out
how to break into your house.
Obtain something that won't look too out of place.
This could be an appropriately coloured bottle-cap, or a metal cap of
Glue over the button with hot-mwelt glue.
Now, all you need to do to later remove these is to heat with a hot-air
drier, and pull them off.
Then while hot (and heating with the drier) wipe the glue off.
I believe the buttons he is speaking of are on the edge of the door, by the
latch, at least that's the kind I have. You couldn't glue anything very
think over the button, because it has to be between the door and the Jam.
I don't have the problem because the buttons on my door are very hard to
push, not likely to be done accidentally. Besides, I keep it in the locked
position most the time since I like the 3rd level of security, and rarely
(actually never!) enter the front door when it's closed and locked.
Some sort of steel bond material is probably your best bet. Use it
sparingly so as to not get it inside the lock itself. It will be pretty
permanent, but if the lock is the type I'm familiar with (a deadbolt with
about a half inch throw) it isn't really giving any significant protection
Now I get it! I couldn't figure out what kind of buttons he was talking
about, but now remember these things from my childhood. I used to play with
the buttons all the time! I haven't seen a door lock like that in ages.
How about a thin sheet of metal with a hole drilled and countersunk. Use
it to cover the buttons and use one of the existing screws on the door/lock
to hold it in place. If you're lucky, there will be enough of a gap between
the door and jamb to allow the metal sheet to fit. The metal should be thick
enough to stay in place without bending with only a single screw and thin
enough to fit. If you want to ensure that the buttons don't move, use a bit
of hot glue to plug the depressed button under the metal sheet. If the
existing lock assembly is brass, you can get small brass sheets to match
at a decent hobby shop.
If the lock has an edge plate, remove it and place a very thin piece of
metal with the same finish behind the hole and replace the plate.
The mortise locks that I am familiar with can be removed rather easily by
taking off the edge plate and unscrew the screw that holds the lock cylinder
in place. Then you can screw out the lock cylinder and remove the rest of
the hardware to pull the lock out.
Once the lock is out you can remove the side cover (watching very carefully
for springs and things that try to escape) and disable the buttons.
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