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Old 01-26-2011, 07:44 AM   #1
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the latch keeps wiggling out as I open my security door. I tightened the screws at the knob. Not sure what to do, any suggestions?

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What kind of latch?
Sliding bolt
Dead bolt
Pic?

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if it's the thumb latch on a single cylinder deadbolt, check the bottom of the latch, there may be a set screw that holds the latch. otherwise, picts or more info would be very helpful
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Check the SetScrews by grasping the inner and outer cylinders of the deadbolt lock and see if they move slightly or wobble. Many times, set screws may become loose in the deadbolt lock which will result in the locking mechanism moving slightly out of alignment. Take your screwdriver and make sure that the set screws are tightened securely. If this is not the problem, continue and remove the locking assembly and bolt. Take a can of air which you can get at your local computer store and blow away any dirt and dust that may have accumulated inside the cylinders or locking assembly. Then, take your old toothbrush and scrub the various parts of the deadbolt lock. Finally, apply a thin layer of WD-40 or other graphite or silicone based lubricant to help loosen the locking assembly and key plug. If you're still having problems you will need to purchase a new lock. Visit a local home improvement store and purchase a lock that closely matches the one that is currently installed it will be much easier to install.
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Thank you for the reply, I am not sure what type but I am getting pictures.
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Thank you Mr Chips, I am getting pictures.
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Thank you epson, I will try your suggestions, I am getting pictures.
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Here are pics of lock, The part that comes out when you use the key is the part that is wiggley, the part I called a latch. Thanks
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Check the SetIf you're still having problems you will need to purchase a new lock. Visit a local home improvement store and purchase a lock that closely matches the one that is currently installed it will be much easier to install.
So much for THAT idea.........

I've worked on many of these over the years
You can take the whole unit out of the side of the door and it will typically split in half by loosening a couple of screws on the face.
Be careful because things (like springs and levers) are going to want to pop out of position.



Flip the mechanisms back and forth and watch how they work and what holds what.
Look for loose screws, broken springs, etc
Clean and reassemble.
Some parts can be obtained at the antique stores or locksmiths.


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Ok so now I see a pic and Iíll bite my tongue on going to a local improvement store to find a closely matched deadbolt. You would be better off going to your local locksmith or antique shops.
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Here are pics of lock, The part that comes out when you use the key is the part that is wiggley, the part I called a latch. Thanks
That part is called the deadbolt . The latch is under it.
Define wiggle. Does it extend and recess with the key?
Has the locks behavior changed from before? Hard to lock? Hard to unlock?
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Thanks for all the info-- looks like I have a older lock- yes it will extend and recess when I turn the key, but as I go in and out the door turning the door knob the part will extend causing the door not to shut, it's sticking out. I do not know how old this security door and locks are ( have 2 of them on house ) Just moved in 1 1/2 yr ago, no trouble till now. thanks again to all
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Well don't go away !!!!!

We need to hear what you do and how you fix it.

You can't just come here and take all our stuff without sharing stuff back...

Good luck and keep us posted.....
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in your picture. #1 is what recesses and extends, #3 is when you turn door knob, but what does #2 do?
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I'm pretty sure #2 is a button or toggle that keeps the door from being able to be locked or unlocked so you can't lock yourself out.

You show a toggle on your picture.

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