Stuck door latch (Kwikset)


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Old 04-17-24, 03:19 PM
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Stuck door latch (Kwikset)

I have been fiddling with this garage door latch but can't seem to get it to turn. One day when we tried to turn the door knob, it wouldn't turn the latch. I removed the inner and outer knobs and don't see anything sticking out that is wrong. When I put them back together, the knob turns but the latch doesn't.

Is there a way to get the latch to open without breaking the door?


 

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Old 04-17-24, 05:10 PM
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Put the knob back together.. Push in on the door (bottom photo) as hard as you can and turn the latch.
 
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Old 04-18-24, 03:55 AM
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With the outside knob assembly removed, if you hold the rose and easily turn the knob, the larch has siezed up. Your best route is to "deconstruct" the through the 2 1/8" hole. Needle nose pliers and screwdrivers. Keep working it back and forth, removing bits and pieces and you can open the door without damaging it.
 
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Old 04-18-24, 02:47 PM
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Photo appears to show a larger than normal gap between door edge and frame (jamb), so use a pry bar or similar tool to increase the gap some more, so narrow screwdriver or similar tool (a hook-shaped tool is ideal) can be used to pry the latch back. If this is a key lock, it will have a deadlatch, and if the door was slammed, the deadlocker may have wedged into the strike plate, thereby resisting efforts to open. XSleeper's advice may work if this is what happened, but at any rate, these Kwikset locks will not take much abuse (forcing) without damage, so however you get it open, I'd replace the light-duty Kwikset with a heavier duty lock. This looks like a solid-core door, so all the more reason to use a heavier lock. If it's a key lock, you need to make sure the deadlatch aligns properly with the strike plate, or this scenario could happen again.
 
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In the end, I couldn't get it open myself. I tried taking needle nose pliers and fiddling around with dissembling it but couldn't get a good enough angle to take much of it apart. I tried the prybar technique but didn't have anything that would pry well enough without digging into and damaging the frame. I ended up calling a lock specialist.

Originally they tried the same as me but couldn't get it. They ended up using some air pliers and inserted one above and one below the latch from the outside. That gave enough pressure for a push to open it.
 
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Good call, yes the specialized pneumatic wedging kits do far less damage to surrounding surfaces. and have been used to open cars for several decades now. Hopefully your smithy could determine the cause for the jam.
 
 

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