How to lock a closet sliding double door


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Old 07-09-11, 11:25 AM
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How to lock a closet sliding double door

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A closet in one of our bedrooms has sliding double doors. For reasons I won't get into, I would like to lock these doors. I went to a couple of hardware stores, but could not come up with anything. I have seen something in a store for locking sliding double doors, but these are cabinet doors, and the mechanism would not fit a closet door.

Does anyone have any suggestions? The closest I could come was a double-folded hasp and lock, but it would not work because it was too big.

Thanks - Dave
 
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Old 07-09-11, 11:43 AM
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I think you've kind of confused me...sliding double doors or cabinet doors? How thick are they?

You could take a lock designed for sliding glass display doors...bend the tab out to 90 degrees, attach it to the end and slide the lock on.

Depending on the actual door possibly a sliding patio door lock could also be adapted.
 
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Old 07-09-11, 12:02 PM
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You have the problem a bypass closet door which I am guessing you mean can be lifted easily off it's track even if locked by some means unless locked to the floor. Different type of door would be my suggestion.
 
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Old 07-09-11, 02:14 PM
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You have Googled "bypass door lock", right?
 
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Old 07-09-11, 08:16 PM
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..are these, or do these sliding doors 'pass' each other (1 bedind the other) or close together, 'meet' each other, edge to edge??
If they meet edge to edge, you might consider a 'pocket door' lock. .
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If they pass (by-pass) each other .. then possibly this....??

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Just a thought..!
 
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Old 07-09-11, 08:51 PM
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Yes, they are "Bypass"

Thanks for all the replies. Yes, they slide one in front of the other. Where can I get a "Bypass Door Lock"
 
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Old 07-10-11, 08:45 AM
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How does a "Bypass Door Lock" work?

I found a few sites that sell these, but can someone explain how they work before I get one home a find ordered the wrong one?

BTW, the doors are 1-1/4" thick (each) and there is roughly a 1/2" spacing between them due to the track they ride on.

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Old 07-10-11, 09:54 AM
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In my 2nd pic which shows the 'barrel' type locks...some of which seem to be long enought for a 1 1/4" door.-- and the 'pin' looks longer than 1/2" .. so you need to find one that works with your doors.
Installation is fairly straight forward... -
 
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Old 07-10-11, 10:50 AM
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As I understand...you drill a hole the size of the cylinder (drill part way though in each direction to prevent splintering) in the front door at the meeting edge, then slide it in and attach it from the back side. Mark where the pin will be on the rear door, when the doors are closed, drill a hole in the rear door for the pin. I imagine they have a plastic bushing to dress up the hole or you could add one.

What you will see is just the front of the cylinder and the keyway when the door is locked.

It will also depend somewhat on the type of door. Hollow core doors only have a wood frame around the edge.
 
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Old 07-10-11, 04:29 PM
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/\ ..Thats about it...
If it is, or they are hollow-core, the 'frame' or blocking is only about 1 1/2" thick.. - If that be the case, you may need to mount the lock/flange vertically, vs horrizontally on the rear of the front door.. If that makes sense..!!
 
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Old 07-11-11, 04:42 AM
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Yes, all of that makes sense about mounting and operation. I have checked two local places, but haven't found these. There is one "big box" store left to check. If not, I will have to order on-line.

Dave
 
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Of course you can find the lock with your doors. You need two locks to lock the panel with side by themselves with frame. So you can lock random half of your panel.
 
 

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