Which Way is the Deadbolt Supposed To Turn

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Old 01-31-10, 01:00 PM
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Which Way is the Deadbolt Supposed To Turn

I had my exterior doors replaced and the man added the deadbolt locks also. Both doors are left hinge doors (when I stand outside the hinges are on the left).
While I'm standing inside- the front door deadbolt turns to the right to unlock it and the back door turns to the left to unlock. This causes me confusion trying to remember which way to turn which lock to open them.
Which is correct? I know you know!
 
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Old 01-31-10, 02:52 PM
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No expert...but some (most?) can be reversed. I think the problem is you then have the key slots different (1 up..1 down) on the outside. I could be completely off...but hey..it's Sunday PM right?

Sorry...guess you'll just have to wait. If you can post the brand/model of what you have it will prob help the Pro's when they check in.
 
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Old 01-31-10, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45 View Post
I think the problem is you then have the key slots different (1 up..1 down) on the outside.
Hey, you're right! When I went to put in the key as if to lock it from the outside, it became apparent which way is correct...or should I say "preferred."
The front door is what most(?) people prefer. (I think)
I'll redo- the back door lock.
Thanks!
 
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Old 01-31-10, 05:39 PM
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The typical North American door lock is installed such that the key is inserted "notches up" which, for most deadbolts means the key will turn CCW to unlock for Left Hand (hinges on left) doors, and CW to unlock for Right Hand (hinges on right) door.

Occasionally, if the holes are not drilled properly in the door, it may be found that the lock will work better if installed "upside down".....(which is right side up, to Europeans.)
 
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Yea! Thank you, it makes sense to me.
 
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Oops, a little clarification might be in order....The "Handing" of a door is always determined (at least in the USA), from the OUTSIDE or LOCKED side:

Hinges on left, inswing= Left Hand (LH)
Hinges on left, outswing= Left Hand Reverse Bevel (LHRB)
Hinges on right, inswing= Right Hand (RH)
Hinges on right, outswing= Right Hand Reverse Bevel (RHRB)

Global, I wonder if these same terms are used in Australia & GB?
 
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Old 01-31-10, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by rstripe View Post
Oops, a little clarification might be in order....The "Handing" of a door is always determined (at least in the USA), from the OUTSIDE or LOCKED side:

Hinges on left, inswing= Left Hand (LH)
Hinges on left, outswing= Left Hand Reverse Bevel (LHRB)
Hinges on right, inswing= Right Hand (RH)
Hinges on right, outswing= Right Hand Reverse Bevel (RHRB)

Global, I wonder if these same terms are used in Australia & GB?
Yes, they are definitely!
 
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