Deadbolt knob position


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Old 05-01-24, 08:44 PM
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Deadbolt knob position


This is the locked position. I would like to change the knob position from vertical to horizontal. The long rod is D-shaped that doesn't seem to allow easy 90 degree rotation. Any advice? Thank you
 
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Sounds like a Kwikset. Don't try it unless you have replacement(s) in hand. Even if you are able to get a 90 twist in it while maintaing its shape, you've created a very significant weak spot.
 
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Give us a picture once you have removed the thumbturn.
 
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Kwikset has used a D shape for 50 years plus, but IIRC (I don't have one in my stash) the T turn was always horizontal when locked, so either they've changed it in recent models, or this isn't a Kwikset, but a clone that happens to configure the T-turn differently. Since the parts are generally stamped out to accept the given configuration, you can't reconfigure it, at least historically.
 
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Brand is Baldwin. Locked position. If Quickset looks just like this except the horizontal knob, please let me know.
 
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The photo shows the D shaped tailpiece very similar if not identical to Kwikset's. The location of the thru-bolts in relation to the tailpiece is very similar to most brands of modern "tubular" style deadbolts as sold in the USA, that work on this same principle of operation. I did a little digging in my stash of parts and came up with a replacement Kwikset bolt of what appears to be a recent vintage (Titan, which is a later Kwikset line) and it does indeed have the D shaped hole/tailpiece configured just like yours, so either this is a recent change by Kwikset, or my memory is bad and they were always like this. If you have a long-established locksmith convenient to you, you might call them to see if they have an old-stock replacement bolt (back in the day when parts were expensive and labor was cheap) and ask about the D configuration. If it happens to be as desired, then you've got to take your lock to them and see if the holes all line up. I'd give it a 50/50 chance that the alignment will be good enough for smooth operation, though.



 
 

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