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Old 08-08-2020, 04:48 PM   #1
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Need help removing a frozen deadbolt


Hi all,

I've got a security door outside our bedroom door that's locking us in instead of locking others out!

The deadbolt won't turn. I've taken the "housing" off but still can't get it to budge. I've tried inserting a screwdriver and turning as well as trying to push the little lever above the hole but no luck so far.

I've attached pictures. It's a Quickset brand, just in case that helps.

Really trying to avoid having to hire someone to help, and also would like to avoid using a chemical to loosen it. I don't want to start pulling and bending until I know if that will help or make things worse.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!







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Old 08-08-2020, 05:01 PM   #2
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Do you have the interior side of the handle?
It has a rod that goes in the hole in the latch body. Then when you rotate the handle 90* to the left, the latch goes in and unlocks the gate.
So this is what you have to do manually.
If you can't, bring in the beast: the sawzall, and cut the latch. Be careful not to damage the door or anything along the way, including yourself. A recip saw can have its own mind sometimes.
Good luck.
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Do you have the interior side of the handle?
It has a rod that goes in the hole in the latch body. Then when you rotate the handle 90* to the left, the latch goes in and unlocks the gate.
So this is what you have to do manually.
If you can't, bring in the beast: the sawzall, and cut the latch. Be careful not to damage the door or anything along the way, including yourself. A recip saw can have its own mind sometimes.
Good luck.
Thanks. I do have the handle. It wouldn't turn which is why I opened it up.

Hoping there's another way since I don't own a saw that will do the job.
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The handle won't rotate when you insert it into the hole, indicating the bolt itself is frozen up? Or the handle turns but the bolt doesn't turn, indicating you've rounded out the cam slot?
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There are Quickset videos on line for this problem.
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There are Quickset videos on line for this problem.
Hmmm... I've watched a bunch of vids on youtube but haven't managed to find one that seemingly helps my situation.

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The handle won't rotate when you insert it into the hole, indicating the bolt itself is frozen up? Or the handle turns but the bolt doesn't turn, indicating you've rounded out the cam slot?
The handle won't rotate at all, either using the lock handle, when I remove the housing and stick a screw driver in the hole, or when I try to push back the lever you see at the top of the mechanism. It appears to be frozen.

That's not to say I'm not doing something wrong.

Seems like I should be able to further disassemble the mechanism and remove this sucker.
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take a laarge flathead screwdriver. put it 90deg to that bracket (above the "up"), then hammer on the screwdriver close to the door.
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take a laarge flathead screwdriver. put it 90deg to that bracket (above the "up"), then hammer on the screwdriver close to the door.
Thank you. I just got it out.

A few hours ago I poured a bit of olive oil over the mechanism. After seeing your post I took a pair of locking pliers, attached it to that bracket, and pulled using my viking-like strength.

Thanks again to all that chimed in. I do appreciate it.
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Hahaaa. I swear that for a few hours after I'd occasionally mumble "Yes! I got it!"

My wife would just shake her head.

I would not yield. I had to prevail.
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