DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum (
-   Windows and Doors (
-   -   Remove deadbolt with no screws. (

serpak9 03-24-2012 11:15 AM

Remove deadbolt with no screws.
I am trying to remove an old deadbolt without screws. I have tried to remove the old faceplate and cannot get it off. I've even tried a chisel and hammer. I have loosened the bolt and can turn the out ring of the deadbolt, but still have no success getting it off the door. Any suggestions?

joecaption 03-24-2012 11:19 AM

Need a picture!
If you had of left the trim ring on in most cases there's a small hole, could be round or rectanguler shaped that you just stick a small flat screw driver in and the trim ring just pops off. It will be on the inside part of the dead bolt.

serpak9 03-24-2012 12:16 PM

Remove Old Deadbolt with no screws
3 Attachment(s)
Here are pictures of the front, back and door edge of the deadbolt. As you can see from the scratches - I have tried to "pop" off the face plate - it does not come off.

Attachment 48052

Attachment 48051

Attachment 48053

joecaption 03-24-2012 12:27 PM

Look on the shaft that the trim rings is where you have been chisling. See any threads. I've seen one brand that the ring screwed on.

serpak9 03-24-2012 01:11 PM

1 Attachment(s)
I don't see any threads - I was able to remove a little more of the steel face plate and tried to get a closer picture. I tried to drill through the key hole - but I don't have a strong enough drill and bit.

Attachment 48056

DangerMouse 03-24-2012 01:48 PM

Double keyed DB? Try two pair of vice-grips/pliers, one on each side of the door and unscrew them.
That should do it.


serpak9 03-24-2012 04:02 PM

No Luck
The deadbolt turns and turns and turns, but does not unscrew. Not sure what else to try at this point. :-)

DangerMouse 03-24-2012 04:20 PM

The OUTER RINGS turn and turn while holding them both with pliers?



serpak9 03-24-2012 04:54 PM

I took a video but I can't seem to upload a video to this site. The outside knob turns just a little bit and then sticks. The other side continues to turn, but nothing happens, like turning a screw with stripped threads.

DangerMouse 03-24-2012 05:00 PM

If it's that messed up and stripped, try a sawzall with a metal blade and slice off one side. It'll fall off.


joecaption 03-24-2012 09:50 PM

Do you have a Dremal tool? Use a cut off wheel to split the trim ring.
It would do less damage to the door then a sawall.

DangerMouse 03-25-2012 06:39 AM


Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 884770)
Do you have a Dremal tool? Use a cut off wheel to split the trim ring.
It would do less damage to the door then a sawall.

Wrong. Exactly the opposite. If done correctly, a sawZall, cutting parallel to the face of the door, will never touch it. Whereas a round cutting wheel on a DremEl tool could easily damage the face of the door.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:08 AM.

User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2016 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1