From: MsMonarchdancer on
On Sun, 14 Jan 2007 18:35:44 GMT, Doug Miller wrote:
>>Which lock manufacturer do you suggest we consider for ease of flipping
>>from a left hand configuration to a right hand configuration?
> Kwikset. Read Gary Heston's post

Thank you for the advice. Gary Heston gave a good writeup and SMS provided
a fantastic set of photographs & documentation direct from Kwikset.

"http://members.bellatlantic.net/~vze4vxnd/kwikrekey.html"
"http://www.kwikset.com/Trade/Literature/Resources/Rekeying%20Manual.pdf"

These are wonderful and they won't only help me but they will help many
others install their locks correctly.

I still wonder about the ethics of Kwikset but I do not have any more than
a single data point so I do not know if the other lock companies are as
unethical as Kwikset in their "fits all doors" "installs in minutes"
"complete instructions" claims, all of which are not true for a very
average homeowner such as me.
From: MsMonarchdancer on
On Sun, 14 Jan 2007 18:33:24 GMT, Doug Miller wrote:
>>The only difference between l-h and r-h locksets is which way the
>>plunger/latch points, and they're generally made to fit either way.
>>No need to pull the cylinders or anything like that. Locksets that
>>only fit one way are usually clearly marked as "l-h only" or "r-h only".
>
> DING DING DING DING !! We have a winner, folks!
> Finally, someone posts the correct answer.

Now I'm REALLY confused.

If we don't need to pull the Kwikset lock cylinder, then why are all the
OTHER posts showing pictures of a cylinder removal tool in order to rotate
the configuration from a left hand to a right hand lock?

Please clarify if you can! Thanks!
From: DanG on
Proper lock installation / orientation has the bitting on the keys
up when you insert the key. This has to do with dust, dirt, and
debris not getting in the pin holes as much.
If you don't care, the lock will work without turning the cylinder
over.

I believe you said earlier that you considered it more
professional to turn the keyway over. I agree, unless the
owner/user says "I don't care".

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<MsMonarchdancer(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
news:15cicjc9009xy.1j53rog1duc3r.dlg(a)40tude.net...
> On Sun, 14 Jan 2007 18:33:24 GMT, Doug Miller wrote:
>>>The only difference between l-h and r-h locksets is which way
>>>the
>>>plunger/latch points, and they're generally made to fit either
>>>way.
>>>No need to pull the cylinders or anything like that. Locksets
>>>that
>>>only fit one way are usually clearly marked as "l-h only" or
>>>"r-h only".
>>
>> DING DING DING DING !! We have a winner, folks!
>> Finally, someone posts the correct answer.
>
> Now I'm REALLY confused.
>
> If we don't need to pull the Kwikset lock cylinder, then why are
> all the
> OTHER posts showing pictures of a cylinder removal tool in order
> to rotate
> the configuration from a left hand to a right hand lock?
>
> Please clarify if you can! Thanks!


From: Don K on
<MsMonarchdancer(a)gmail.com> wrote in message news:1gdlircuwnmup$.1tkd3j1cz8s3r$.dlg(a)40tude.net...
> On Sat, 13 Jan 2007 23:41:59 -0800, MsMonarchdancer(a)gmail.com wrote:
>> I'm shocked that I have to order this Kwikset cylinder removal tool
>> just to get the Kwikset lock to fit a right hand door.
>> I must be missing something simple.
>
> I give up.
> I tried for hours to remove the lock so I could put it right side up
> instead of upside down in my right hand door.
>
> It seems I lack a three-dollar tool.
> http://www.lockpicks.com/browseproducts/Simple-Kwikset-Core-Removing-Tool.html
>
> Instead of ordering the tool, I'm so very frustrated with this 50 dollar
> Kwikset lock that I'm returning it to the Home Depot tomorrow.
>

Since you're going back anyway, see if the guy in the lock
department knows how to do it. Maybe he will do it for you.
If he can't, get your refund.

You have nothing to lose.

Don


From: Doug Miller on
In article <15cicjc9009xy.1j53rog1duc3r.dlg(a)40tude.net>, "MsMonarchdancer(a)gmail.com" <MsMonarchdancer(a)gmail.com> wrote:

>Now I'm REALLY confused.
>
>If we don't need to pull the Kwikset lock cylinder, then why are all the
>OTHER posts showing pictures of a cylinder removal tool in order to rotate
>the configuration from a left hand to a right hand lock?

I've never seen a deadbolt lock where installing it on either a right-hung or
a left-hung door depended on removing the lock cylinder.
>
>Please clarify if you can! Thanks!

A deadbolt lock has three main sections: the outdoor part (which contains the
lock cylinder), the indoor part (which has a knob for throwing the bolt), and
the deadbolt mechanism.

Remove the screws that hold the indoor part and the outdoor part together. Now
slide the indoor part and the outdoor part away from the deadbolt mechanism.
Put the indoor part where the outdoor part was, and the outdoor part where the
indoor part was. Put the screws back in.

Done.

--
Regards,
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)

It's time to throw all their damned tea in the harbor again.