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New master lock night watch dead bolt installed. But when we try to lock it from outside or unlock it all it does is spin and go round and round until sometimes if we are lucky it will catch. Does it ned to be adjusted somehow? Or was it installed incorrectly? This was installed by our landlord before we moved in. Right now we can't use the lock at all. Please advise. Thanks

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Since it was new then I can only surmise that it was installed improperly. You or your landlord will have to take it back out and properly install it. Make sure that the male and female parts of the lock all fit together smoothly. Use your key and operate the lock several times before you screw it all back together. Most of the installation instructions are very detailed and you should be able to see what step might have been overlooked. Hope this gets you in.

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