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Old 02-28-08, 03:38 PM
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security metal screen door lock got stuck in the locked position. can't open the door. key spins freely. Some part that connects the deadbolt to the cylinder appears to be broken. How to get deadbolt out of its position? thanks for advice
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Old 02-28-08, 07:48 PM
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Hi likefix
It sounds like the tailpiece is broken indeed.
Are there connecting screws visible on the inside of the door?
If there are, you'll have to remove them, take the cylinder out of the door and retract the bolt with a slot screw driver.
Depending on the lock, you may be able to buy a replacement tailpiece as your local locksmith store.

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Old 02-28-08, 09:45 PM
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Many storm doors use profile cylinders. These are usually teardrop shaped and are sometimes mounted upside down (European style). I worked on one today. Between the cylinder keyholes (double cylinder) there is a cam (usually black or silver). Inside this cam (which is hollow) there is usually an actuator that is springloaded to push into the cylinder plug (where you put the key in) If this spring is broken, the key will just spin and not activate the cam.

In this case, you will be required to remove the handles (furniture) and manipulate the cam manually. It is quite difficult to do actually. Use a thin enough but strong piece of steel like a hacksaw blade to push the cam around.

Good luck. Best bet - call a professional locksmith (and not one of the scammers who inhabit the larger ads in the phone book)
 
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deadbolt stuck in locked position

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Hi likefix
It sounds like the tailpiece is broken indeed.
Are there connecting screws visible on the inside of the door?
If there are, you'll have to remove them, take the cylinder out of the door and retract the bolt with a slot screw driver.
Depending on the lock, you may be able to buy a replacement tailpiece as your local locksmith store.

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Hi WGW,
There are no screws visible on the inside of the door. All screws are apparently on the edge of the door that is unapproachable given that the bolt is jammed in locked position. I removed the locking knob from the inside of the door. I tried moving the bolt by inserting a blade between the frame and the door panel. I would need a step shaped metallic tool to really access the bolt. It may still not move. Any advice?
Thanks
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Old 03-05-08, 02:22 PM
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Depending on your door of course, is it possible to take the screws out of the latch side frame and move it out far enough to let the door swing out? Then you would be able to take the screws out of the latch/lock.

This would be easier if the upper and side frame are not connected. Also may be impossible if there are mounting screws on the inside edge of the frame.

Just a thought...
 
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When you removed the inner knob what did you see?

can you insert anything between inner cylinder and edge of hole it fits in? if so, manipulate bolt. Or you might consider drilling a hole for the bolt stump. The hole will be covered by the handle eventually, so no harm done.
 

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Old 03-06-08, 07:16 AM
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As I stated "It depends on the door".

Some "security screen doors" are nothing more than storm doors with perforated metal instead of glass. There was one on this house when I moved in. And no, the frames were not connected at the top, and yes, you could take out 4 one-way screws and the latch side jamb would come right off, allowing the door to swing freely open. This would expose the screws for the latch mechanism. Not exactly very secure to someone with a one-way extractor bit and a cordless drill.

likefix, it does sound like yer hosed on this one. Prob better to stop pulling yer hair out, and call a pro who can have you up and running in 15min.
 

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Old 03-06-08, 01:33 PM
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deadbolt latch stuck in locked position

likefix fixed the problem. Thank you all for your input
 

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how

hey likefix
Glad ya got it done. What was the final solution?
 
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deadbolt stuck in set plate

The solution was to slide a flat head screw driver under the latch (tight quarters indeed), hit it upward with a hammer, and eventually the latch retracted into the open position. Once the door was opened, taking out the lock was easy. The cylinder had a broken piece (that engages the latch) in the middle between the keyed end and the thumb turn. A new cylinder fixed the problem. B&B had one that cost a small fraction of what the manufacturer of the door/lock had quoted.
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Old 03-10-08, 09:04 AM
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Good Job Likefix, if it worked for you, it worked!
 
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