Question about Kwikset Locks & Locksmithing
It seems to have nothing to do with the key. It jams and with a lot of jiggling sometimes opens, but now nothing helps. It is jammed from both inside and out. We can only get into the house through the garage.
Is sounds like the door settled or shifted and jammed the bolt in the jamb. I would put a pry under the door and gently lift while turning the key. That is only for the up and down but could be that the door needs to be pushed in or pulled out while turning the key. If you want to get real crazy just pop it off the hinges and investigate. If the lock still does not work with it free from the jamb then you will just have to replace the lock.
Posted on Jan 21, 2013
Two guesses: 1) the door hinges are loose, so the door isn't fitting in the jamb properly. If you can open the door, tighten the hinges.
2) The door locks themselves have something wrong. Take them off the door, and take a look. If it's something simple, like a loose screw or some dirt got in it or something, then go ahead and fix it. If you can't see the problem, or don't know how to fix it, either call a locksmith or return the locks to the store you got them from and get a new set.
Posted on Nov 16, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
The answers to your problem are very numerous.
Usually what has happened is that when the lock was installed the pins (the part of the lock that rides on the cut part of the key) were not facing down. This allows dirt and debris to collect in the pin holes and also if a spring breaks it won't push the pin up to the cut part of the key. Some locks you can't even rotate to a position that faces down.
What I suggest is removing the knob or lever lock from the door and blowing out the key hole with compressed air. Work the key back and forth through the lock and blow it out again. If this doesn't work ... try and get a refund or a replacement from wherever you got it. Remember your time is worth money and so is your frustration. Don't waste allot of time trying to fix something that can be replaced relatively cheaply.
Posted on Oct 13, 2009
SOURCE: Loose Kwikset Chelsea Deadbolt
I just had the same problem as samrpetrich with a loose kwikset deadbolt. Here's how I fixed it - on the inside of the door, take off the latch that flips the deadbolt in and out using a very small allen key. There is a round plate cover that is snapped on top of the inside deadbolt mechanism. If you look on the bottom aspect of this round plate you'll see where it snaps on; once I saw where to apply pressure it came off easily - taking off this plate exposed the two screws beneath that were loose. Once I tightened these, I snapped the plate cover back on, but the dead bolt latch back and everything is tight again. Hope this helps.
Posted on Jan 31, 2010
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