Hey man Rockford's the man... even better yet the old Maverick and even
"Support your local sheriff"
Hell Rockford files is still in syndication. Don't you just love it when a
lock it picked on TV without the cylinder even moving and better yet
sometimes the knob isn't even turned either.. I've even seen "no latch" on
some of the doors and no bolts on safes.. got ta love tv and those comments
from people "didn't take that long on tv"
Yeah, Jim Rockfish (Rockford! Rockford!) was a pretty neat guy. I
used to love that TV show.
"Just like on TV" or "just like the cops" is the reason I no
longef own a flat bar for unlocking cars. I got tired of hearing
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
"I can get one of them at the auto parts store. Matter of fact,
my cousin Jimmy carries one in his trunk. I oughta just call him
and save all that money you're charging me."
I did get a call once from a fellow locked out of his car, about
200 feet from an auto parts store. He'd walked in, and bought
himself a harpoon style Slim Jim, and worked on his own car for
awhile before calling a locksmith.
Christopher A. Young
You can\'t shout down a troll.
went on a call yesterday to BFE an hour away. lady said "they been working
on it for an hour now!" I said how about you call me when there're done.
she stopped'em and I was on my way. btw that 2002 Tahoe no longer works with
a key... slim jim took the linkage out. should've called me first before
her husband went at it.
oh yeah 1 more thing "You know if my cousin was here (and not in prison)
he'd be in there already!"
On Sun, 14 Jan 2007 08:32:18 -0500, Stormin Mormon wrote:
I picked up the locks at Home Depot and the five-inch latch at OSH because
Home Depot doesn't carry them. I buy all my Craftsman tools at Sears.
That's about it for my general hardware needs. If I can't find it at one of
those three hardware stores, I call someone to do the work.
I did believe the package instructions which said "easy to install", and
"installs in minutes". My bad.
"Ah, now we get some more information. You bought the locks at
Home Depot. Well, that makes you a frugal home owner."
Which I suppose was your attempt at sarcasm. You then went on to bitch and
whine that they didn't hire a locksmith, which I suppose I should agree with
since theoretically I stand to benefit financially but being that I do all
my own home repairs plumbing electrical etc I take issure with none the
less. Not to mention that exchange of information for anybody who wants it
is more or less why this forum exists. Now you come back sweet as candy
suggesting that the seller might be able to help.
I think you have a split personality. I would assume you were being forged
except you never post to complain that that's the case so after numerous
instances I ruled it out. That said both general methods to get the cylinder
out from the back have been posted several times. So you should know how by
now and so should the OP..
On Sun, 14 Jan 2007 07:03:37 GMT, " email@example.com"
You just want the key to be "right side" up? How do you know which
side is the right side? :)
Why can't you just rotate the whole lock 180 degrees?
Every second house in my n'hood has a door that swings one way, and
every first and third house, the door swings the other way. (or opens
from the other side, depending on how you phrase it.) And I'm sure
they all have Kwikset locks like I do. Do you want me to check which
side of the keyhole goes up in my neighbors' locks?
For me, I think the key's teeth point up. Is that good or bad?
Where is it written what is up and what is down?
I believe the doorknob has to be turned the opposite direction also,
depending on what side of the door the lock is, and that that would be
true even if the keyhole were reversed top to bottom. Isn't that true
of your previous lock? People learn to do that automatically with
good. If the key's teeth point down, someday half a century down the
road when one of the tumbler springs breaks or loses tension, you could
be locked out of your house when one of the tumblers jams. If the teeth
point up, then gravity will help the springs and as long as the lock
isn't gummed up, it will open with the correct key even if there are
*no* springs inside.
replace "fly" with "com" to reply.
Thank you for the advice.
Yes, I want the key to be "right side up". :)
That means the flat part of the key blade is downward and the notched part
of the key is upward.
If I rotate the whole lock/knob assembly 180 degrees laterally, the keyhole
is on the INSIDE of the house instead of the OUTSIDE. If I rotate 180
degrees horzontally, I'd need a two-foot-long entry door latch coming out
from the hinge side instead of a five-inch entry door latch protruducing
from the door-lock side of the door. :)
I hope that explains things a bit.
Good luck to you,
Because it will then be backwards with respect to the latch mechanism.
It's good and reversing the lock cylinder is a 30 second operation if you
know how so it's not that big a deal for anybody who does many of them.
The pins are supposed to be up. It's been discussed to death already but the
short answer is if they are down they will collect debris. A broken spring
will also cause a lockout. In practice it will work for a long time pins
down backwards or not and if the OP hasn't figured out how to reverse it yet
they should just leave it like that.
Hell a kwikset has a hard enough time working with the pins up. try using
you key in a back door that hasn't been used in a while.
better have some wd-40 or the likes handy. You'll be lucky to even get the
key in.. at least around here anyway.. coastal environments a bitch! lube
lube lube.. preventative maintenance! Spray the internal parts down good
with some LokShot by strattec or similar non drying lube PRIOR to installing
it and it'll probably last as long as the manufacture thinks it's supposed
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