In the early days, wooden locks were used to protect a precious possession. As time went by, locks began to evolve. Wooden locks were developed and metal locks took their place. After this, different types of locks were manufactured. Some of these were warded locks, lever tumbler locks and pin tumbler locks. Locks could only be opened with a specific key that came with it. With this mechanism, people found it easier to place their belongings in a safe place.
A lot of companies offer locks that will save you from worry about thieves who use lock-picking methods to break into homes and steal important possessions. Lock experts, such as the Master Lock Company, have developed high security pad locks, combination locks, and other home security equipment like door locks and cabinet locks.
These locks are of superior quality but they too, can be broken. This may be due to usage and wear and tear. You do not always have to buy a new lock when you find your lock broken. You can try and fix it so you wouldn’t have to spend money in buying a new one.
Here are some tips on how to fix your broken lock:
- The materials you will need are: graphite powder or a silicone spray, sand paper, spade drill bit of 22 mm size, hex wrench, drill machine, replacement locks, screwdrivers, vise grip, wood chisel, wood putty or a putty knife, paint or a stain varnish.
- One of the most common problems with locks is when the bolt does not open when the key is inserted and turned. What you can do is to dislodge the entire lock and have the parts replaced, or you can also replace it yourself.
- Loosen the screw in the knob sleeve with the use of a screw or a hex wrench and dislodge the deadbolt knob. On the opposite side of the lock cylinder on the faceplate, loosen the screw and unfasten the lock cylinder.
- Dislodge the faceplate by carefully removing the screws. When replacing a lock set using a similar unit, just set up the parts and attach them together as you have seen when you dislodged it. Take into account the detailed procedure the new lock unit has in the instructions if it came with them.
- When removing and fixing cylinder and tubular lock sets that have slots, depress the spring clip with the help of a screwdriver and pull the knob. If the lock set has no slot, unscrew the machine screw located on the rose’s face. If a mounting plate is present, you may remove or loosen the machine screws so that you can take out the cylinder part.
- Replace the lock set. Position the new strike plate and make sure that it fits the mortise part. Install the new strike plate. If the mortise part is too large for the strike plate, temporarily fill it with wood putty. Remove the plate when the putty dries up and hardens. Smooth the putty with the use of sandpaper. Finish the job with a touch of paint or a stain varnish.
- Trace the plate’s size. Extend the mortise if it happens to be too small for the plates. You can do this with a chisel. Install the new lock set.
Making sure that the locks on your doors are bolted is one way of ensuring that you are safe in your own home. Check your locks from time to time to see if anything needs to be replaced.