I got a new client today -- my optometrist said he'll knock some off my
new bifocals if I fix his front door. The leverset requires an excessive
turn to open the door, and clients have trouble leaving.
I checked it out, and it's very loose. Now I just have to figure out how
to get the inside lever off so I can remove the trim plate and access the
Does anyone know how to remove an LSDA leverset? I can't find any of the
usual levers, hex screws, or tabs-in-a-slot. There seems to be no
information on the Web because it's a locksmith-only brand. If y'all can't
help, I'll be forced to talk to a locksmith.
Yes I did. The ring (escutcheon?) comes loose easily. It snaps into some
depressions on the mounting plate, but it only moves about 1/8" before
it hits the handle/lever. The mounting plate moves a lot, so the screws
are definitely loose. I need to get the inner lever off so the trim ring
can come off, so I can tighten the mounting plate and see if the
workings are so worn it needs replacement.
There's usually an obvious method to remove the lever, like a tab that's
pressed back or a set screw. I couldn't see anything like that. Of
course, I had just had my eyes dilated, so I couldn't see much of
anything, especially up close.
I looked online, but I couldn't find anything about LSDA locksets except
some for-sale ads on locksmith sites and a few Usenet discussions about
how to pick the cylinder. I'd be happy with a contact for the
manufacturer, but I couldn't find even that.
I havn't serviced that brand in ages. But, it's likely a spring tab to
depress, at 9 o'clock or 3 0'clock. Allows you to pull off the inside lever.
The, the decortative ring comes off.
Most locksmiths aren't such miserable people. You should get to know a
couple of us. Some even post on Usenet.
I went back today to pick up my new glasses and take another look at the
lockset. With my eyes undilated I found that there was a pinhole giving
access to a release clip, but it was hidden under the edge of the trim
ring because the door is a little thicker than normal. I got the thing
tightened up, but it didn't help any. It's just worn. The inside lever
droops significantly. I'll replace it this week. Now I just have to
establish a relationship with a locksmith.
The best lever handles in the business are Falcon, most others
develop a droop. LSDA is probably from IDN Acme. Lumber yard
stuff is OK, but there is sure better stuff out there. If you
have many commercial clients you will need to develop a source for
panic hardware (I prefer VonDuprin and Monarch), LCN closers, etc.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
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