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Old 02-12-2013, 07:54 PM
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Default Deadbolt removal advice sought

My neighbor's son lost one of their house keys (and he's pushing 30 and into a bad scene) so I offered to replace her door locks. The handle swap went without a hitch, but the deadbolt is a kwikset type with a set screw holding the thumb turn on. That lever fell off at some point and instead of finding the set screw and putting it back in tight one of the sons just glued the f'er on.

The only way to get at the screws holding the lock in place is to remove the lever and pop the decorative cover.

My thoughts, since digging the glue out of the hole and prying with my screwdriver under the lever didn't work.
1) Drill out the hole
2) try and hack saw the post
3) pry the crap out of the decorative cover to get at the screws
4) f-it and leave the deadbolt (Not ideal, at all.)

Obviously I need to leave the door undamaged. Hopefully the new one will fit in the same hole, otherwise I'll be up a creek. There's already evidence that the door has been kicked in the past, though it's still holding.

Any advice would be appreciated, I need to get this finished sooner rather than later.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:10 PM
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Heat the handle with a small torch to soften the glue and pry it off with large channel lock pliers.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:49 PM
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If you don't have a torch I'd try hitting it softly with a hammer, shouldn't take to much to break a glue bond
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I do have a torch and a hammer. Thanks guys, I'll let you know how it works.
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before lighting up your tourch try hitting it with nail polish remover, if they used super glue which they probably did it will dissolve the glue. sorry no tourch needed
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:59 PM
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Obviously I need to leave the door undamaged.
Ya might want to bag the torch. That ring is only about 1/4 to 1/2 inch wide I would bet with the set screw hole on the side. Channel pliers (maybe a little tape on the tips to save the finish of the lock) and some elbow grease and a prayer or two.
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The set screw is on the thumb turner not on the decorative plate. You know a picture would be the best answer, but no dice. I think the tip of the torch on the turn lever knob thing will probably be the way I go. I'd hate to drip acetone down the door and ruin the paint, too. If heat doesn't work I'll go with hammer, if that doesn't work I'll say fugettaboutit.
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I said SMALL torch.

Like one of these:





Not one of these:

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LOL. I'm sure he used a small one. Right? I only have a large one myself.
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LOL, HF. Do you have large "flame ups" too? You know they have an ointment for that.

BTW, not to drift too far OT but I'm undertaking a similar endeavour ;o) at my home. While changing the deadbolt I noticed that the latch on the front door (that I installed several years ago) was on backwards! No wonder it's been so easy for Justin to run out!
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