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Door Deadbolt issue

Post by CDN_Merlin » Sun Dec 18, 2016 2:24 pm

So, my deadbolt died today. I bought a new one, but when I replaced it, the 2 screws that hold the outer and inner parts together, one of them doesn't go in all the way. I've measured them and they are both the same length.

Any idea why it won't go the extra 1/4" in?
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Krom » Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:21 pm

You didn't tighten down the first one before threading in the second did you?
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by CDN_Merlin » Sun Dec 18, 2016 3:39 pm

I put both in at the same time and and tighten them equally like you would anything else.
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Krom » Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:27 pm

Yeah, I figured. Usually with door handles and deadbolts the areas where the screws line up have little guides that slot into the opposite side, perhaps one of those is hitting instead of going straight in, thread them loosely and then twist the two sides to make sure everything is lined up properly, also make sure the deadbolt mechanism is oriented correctly and isn't interfering with any of the screws (they usually go through holes in the mechanism and help secure it in place). Some deadbolts also have adjustable depth settings so they can fit doors with holes drilled at different distances, so ensure it is set correctly for the door it is mounted in.

Also check over the manual carefully just to be sure, while deadbolts aren't particularly complicated there are plenty of quirks out there for each individual design which the manual will usually give you a heads up for.
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by CDN_Merlin » Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:40 pm

I'll check this out this week when it's warmer. Thanks
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Isaac » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:15 am

It sometimes shrinks when it's cold. If you rub it and warm it up, it might improve.
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by CDN_Merlin » Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:36 pm

It's not a cold/heat issue. There is a 1/4" difference. There is something stopping it for sure.
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Isaac » Mon Dec 19, 2016 1:43 pm

Happens to all of us that have one, now and then.
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Tunnelcat » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:06 pm

CDN_Merlin wrote:It's not a cold/heat issue. There is a 1/4" difference. There is something stopping it for sure.
I'm betting that the manufacturer either didn't drill out one of the mounting holes deep enough, or didn't cut the threads deep enough for the supplied screws. There are only 2 mounting holes for those screws to thread into. Take a small wire and measure the depth of both threaded holes. I've installed many deadbolts in my lifetime and I actually ran into one that wasn't drilled down to the proper depth. I took it back to the hardware store for an exchange.
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by CDN_Merlin » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:45 pm

Tunnelcat, that was my next try once the weather gets warmer tomorrow. Doing this at -20c gets the house cold fast. Tomorrow it's a high of +2c
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by sigma » Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:05 pm

I wish I had your problems :lol:
There repair an hour maximum, if it's not the iron door.
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Isaac » Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:30 pm

TC, what do you think of my suggesting, in my first post?
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Tunnelcat » Wed Dec 21, 2016 3:42 pm

Issac wrote:TC, what do you think of my suggesting, in my first post?
If any metal hardware shrinks that much, it won't work in a door installation anyway because the outside part is going to be cold in the winter. Cold enough to pull the threads, then the deadbolt would fall off, kind of defeating it's purpose. Besides, rubbing really only heats up skin-covered items. :P
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Isaac » Thu Dec 22, 2016 10:03 am

TC, I think if Merlin played with it a little bit it might get to the right size. Playing with it helps, I find.

Merlin, have you tried lubing it?
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Foil » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:21 am

Isaac, enough with the childish thinly-veiled penile references. We all get it.
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Isaac » Thu Dec 22, 2016 11:28 am

You're just jealous of how long I can drag this out.
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Tunnelcat » Thu Dec 22, 2016 1:46 pm

It's official. Isaac has never grown out of adolescence. And it's my bad for stringing him along Foil. I couldn't resist. :twisted2:
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Isaac » Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:36 pm

I can do some growing.
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by CDN_Merlin » Thu Dec 22, 2016 5:17 pm

Please keep this thread on topic.
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Isaac » Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:35 am

Yeah, Foil. Keep this on topic. You're the only one here talking about penises.
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by CDN_Merlin » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:48 am

Isaac, please just stop posting unless it has to do the with the current issue at hand which is my lock issue.
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Isaac » Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:34 am

1) You're probably missing the bolt on the other side, because you can't aim.

2) Buy a longer screw. They'll literally sell these to you for money. This could be caused by less threading on the other side. If it's too long use a hack saw and file to shorten the bolt.

3) get the bolt on the latch side of the deadbolt drunk so it accepts the bolt from the other side. Might be considered date rape.

4) Your question can be answered by anyone at the hardware store, where you probably bought this from , who will offer solutions which would also be in the same store.

5) Slap yourself.
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Krom » Fri Dec 23, 2016 10:17 am

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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by Tunnelcat » Fri Dec 23, 2016 2:17 pm

CDN_Merlin wrote:Please keep this thread on topic.
Speaking of that, did you figure out the problem yet, or has the extreme cold settled in for the entire winter just to thwart your attempts at a fix?
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Re: Door Deadbolt issue

Post by CDN_Merlin » Fri Dec 23, 2016 6:04 pm

Been to busy to try it out. Going to be mild for the next week. I plan on taking it apart tomorrow.
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