I used to like schlage alot, hell I use "a series" on my house. Don't like
the newer designs too much.
It seems youtube will be causing medecos stock to jump. bump bump bump.
I'm going to try the new HS ones out by marks. winkhaus has been to hard to
Though I really think the new biometric locks are going to get more and more
popular as they get cheaper by the dozen.
Hell weisers even making'em now.
Kwikset probably thinks that it's crazy that anyone would care which
direction the keyhole would be. There isn't a "right-side-up" because
it's different on doors with the hole on the right than on the left.
If you buy the after-market Kwikset re-keying kit at Home Depot, it
comes with the tools, and instructions. You can put the cylinder back in
either way. The procedure is different for the doorknob and the
deadbolt. The deadbolt is easier, and no tools are needed. I've done
rekeying of Kwikset locks many times, I just did one a few weeks ago.
I think that you'll have the same issue with any brand of lock you buy.
You'll have to disassemble it to remove the cylinder and flip it over if
you want the keyhole in the opposite orientation.
THANK YOU SMS!
That was EXACTLY what I was looking for! Without the tool, I was able to
get to step 5 of your first web URL but no farther with just a screwdriver.
The only problem I see with your otherwise fantastic instructions is the
size of the pictures. Size does matter when your eyes are old like mine! :)
I need to print out your instrucdtions, which are perhaps the absoloute
BEST ON THE WEB bar none so far!
Thank you very much for helping us!
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On all of them I've dealt with, you just separate the lockset into
the three main pieces, install the plunger/latch into the edge of
the door, stick the outside part (knob or deadbolt) in from the
exterior side of the door, mate the interior part (knob, deadbolt,
or turn lever) onto the rod from the front part, then spend a lot
of time getting the screws started. Tighten everything up, and
The only difference between l-h and r-h locksets is which way the
plunger/latch points, and they're generally made to fit either way.
No need to pull the cylinders or anything like that. Locksets that
only fit one way are usually clearly marked as "l-h only" or "r-h only".
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On Sun, 14 Jan 2007 18:33:24 GMT, Doug Miller wrote:
Now I'm REALLY confused.
If we don't need to pull the Kwikset lock cylinder, then why are all the
OTHER posts showing pictures of a cylinder removal tool in order to rotate
the configuration from a left hand to a right hand lock?
Please clarify if you can! Thanks!
Proper lock installation / orientation has the bitting on the keys
up when you insert the key. This has to do with dust, dirt, and
debris not getting in the pin holes as much.
If you don't care, the lock will work without turning the cylinder
I believe you said earlier that you considered it more
professional to turn the keyway over. I agree, unless the
owner/user says "I don't care".
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Thank you DanG for the analysis of why it's best to have the bitting
(teeth) up on the key.
I never knew why, but I never saw any professional install a lock any other
way. It's sort of like installing a three-pronged USA electrical outlet
upside down. The lock will still work but from a professional and esthetic
and functional standpoint, it's subpar to install a left-hand lock knob on
a right hand door.
Thank you for explaining why!
I've never seen a deadbolt lock where installing it on either a right-hung or
a left-hung door depended on removing the lock cylinder.
A deadbolt lock has three main sections: the outdoor part (which contains the
lock cylinder), the indoor part (which has a knob for throwing the bolt), and
the deadbolt mechanism.
Remove the screws that hold the indoor part and the outdoor part together. Now
slide the indoor part and the outdoor part away from the deadbolt mechanism.
Put the indoor part where the outdoor part was, and the outdoor part where the
indoor part was. Put the screws back in.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
On Sun, 14 Jan 2007 20:35:01 GMT, Doug Miller wrote:
My problem isn't with the deadbolt, it's with the entry lock knob.
Are you saying one can switch a Kwikset entry knob from a left-hand
configuration to a right-hand lock setup WITHOUT removing the lock
Here's the way I do it.
No pickle fork
Press on the little hidden thingy and wiggle the knob thingy till you
can get the shaft to drop.
Take the shaft and turn it upside down and put it down inside so it is
right on the end of the cylinder thingy.
Make sure there is room for the pop-out thingy to come out-hold the
key-knob thingy by the stem.
Now hit the other end of the shaft with a small ball-pien hammer-
Or invert the whole thingy, holding the shaft lightly and gently slam
it on a good hard surface.
Now you can reverse the cylinder thingy and put it back in so the
keyway will be right side up-or pins up.
All you have to do when you put it back together is nake sure the
little metal springy thingies are bent back to their original shape so
that they lock in good..
Yeah, yeah, what was I thinking?!
The inside knob activates the latch whether you turn it clockwise or
counter-clockwise, so you just turn the whole lockset 180 degrees.
The deadbolt requires reversing the shaft.
the keyway on the knob lock will also be 180 off.
the half moon shaft only goes through the spring-latch one
way. it is not reversable.
no it doesn't. in order to time a deadbolt,
with the key out of the lock, the tail-piece on the deadbolt
goes half way (centered) between all the way left and all
the way right,
no matter if it LH or RH...
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