Substitute for Weiser Deadbolt


Old 06-27-07, 09:44 AM
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Substitute for Weiser Deadbolt

Hi all, I am a newbie at do-it-yourself, and I sucked at that, so I am hoping I can learn from all the experts here!
My problem:
I want to replace my single cylinder (single key) deadbolt (brand: Weiser) with a double cylinder one (key from both sides). However I can no longer find any Weiser deadbolt from my local stores in Houston (checked Lowe's and Home Depot).
My questions:
1. Can I replace the Weiser deadbolt with another brand name's deadbolt? What should I look for when looking for the substitution? (e.g. diameter, latch type etc? not sure...).
2. Can I rekey the new deadbolt (of different brand) so that I can use my old key?

Thanks a bunch!!
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Old 06-28-07, 06:25 PM
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Is it just a deadbolt by Weiser, or is it one of the Weiserbolts with the deadbolt built into the latch? They don't exist very much any more. I used to have them, but as they broke, I redrilled for a separate deadbolt and went with Titan (which is on its way out, too).
You may want to check with a locksmith to see if they have any deadbolts that will accept the Weiser keyset, and go from there.
Old 06-28-07, 07:48 PM
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Welcome to the DIY forums jazzzbug.
Weiser is certainly still around, and they do still make double cylinder deadbolts.
A sure place to find one would be your local Locksmith store, though it's odd that the big box guys don't carry them.

Just about any other deadbolt should fit in your door cutout, however having another brand name lock keyed to your existing Weiser key is where it gets tough.
Many brand name keys will fit into a Weiser, but the reverse is not as easy because the Weiser key is usually too thick to fit other brand names.

Check your Locksmith store and you'll find what you seek.

A word of caution though...when ever I install a double cylinder deadbolt,
I always advise my customer to have a key available somewhere close to the door for easy escape in the case of a fire or some other emergency.

Old 06-28-07, 08:15 PM
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Wouldn't have to spend a lot to get a higher quality brand, but your current key probably won't fit into the lock (different shaped keyway).
Old 07-01-07, 10:14 PM
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I tend to agree with WGW. You best check with your local council or the Texas Dept of Public Safety, to see if they will okay the installation of double cylinders.

Building code is different in different states and Fire Code is another thing again.
You could of course get a removable thumbturn....make sure it is in when the inspector arrives...remove it when he/she leaves.

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