From: Ralph on
Thought if you were closer I could show you how to do this.

Anyway. First time I tried to turn a kwikset keyway right-side up was
quite a learning experience. Can practically do it in my sleep now but
don't usually do much with Kwikset. Anyway, not a big thing to install the
lock with pins down for a while, anyway. Go ahead and do it. Gotta
think, though, that there is a good samaritan up your way that will guide
you through the process of changing the keyway. Go back to where you
bought it and ask. You might get lucky.


From: Stormin Mormon on
Those five inch latches are not a common part. I've used maybe
one of them in the 21 years I've been a locksmith. I still have
one or two around some where, probably out in the service van.

Yes, replace the latch and put the old lock back is a valid thing
to do. Someday perhaps you can get the cylinders inverted.

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<MsMonarchdancer(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
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> On Sun, 14 Jan 2007 08:39:06 -0500, Stormin Mormon wrote:
> > Ah, now we get some more information. You bought the locks at
> > Home Depot. Well, that makes you a frugal home owner. If you
were
> > interested in having it done, you could likely find a
locksmith
>
> Hi there Stormin Mormom,
> I do appreciate your expert advice.
>
> The old lock jammed probably because the old five-inch long
entry latch
> bent inside somewhere.
>
> So, just before Home Depot closed for the evening, I stopped
by, asked for
> help, and picked up a four-lock set (two deadbolts and two
entry lock
> knobs) for about fifty dollars. I figured it would take all of
a half hour
> to replace something as "simple" as a lock (I know.... I know
.... it wasn't
> so simple in the end but I didn't know that so it didn't play
into my
> decision tree).
>
> To be frank, I could have bought just one lock or even just one
five-inch
> latch. The main reason I didn't buy just the latch is that I
didn't know
> what else would break so I wanted to replace the whole
configuration. The
> main reason I bought four locks instead of just one is I wanted
to do a
> good job by replacing them all, instead of just repairing the
one broken
> entry lock. I want one key for the whole house (including
deadbolts and
> entry knobs).
>
> I started the job by nightfall assuming it would be done before
dinner and
> as you can tell, it was midnight before I finally gave up for
the night.
>
> I guess I COULD have called a locksmith to install the four
locks, but
> they'd have to get here before midnight to do me any good.
Again, since I
> erroneously believed the "fits all doors" and "easy
installation" claims of
> the package, I erred by not realizing that it didn't fit all
doors (not
> without removing the cylinder) and the installation
instructions were
> silent on this key task!
>
> In the end, I simply installed a new five-inch latch and put
the old lock
> back on. It's not as good a job, but I will have to get the
right tool
> first.
>
> Thank you for your expert advice.
>
> My intention was to replace the lock and deadbolt on the
outside door


From: Stormin Mormon on
Schlage F-line. No tools needed to install lock upside down or
right side up.

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<MsMonarchdancer(a)gmail.com> wrote in message
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>
> Which lock manufacturer do you suggest we consider for ease of
flipping
> from a left hand configuration to a right hand configuration?


From: Stormin Mormon on
Wrong. If you want the keyhole right side up, Kwiksets are
handed. Right or left.

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"Doug Miller" <spambait(a)milmac.com> wrote in message
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> >On all of them I've dealt with, you just separate the lockset
into
> >the three main pieces, install the plunger/latch into the edge
of
> >the door, stick the outside part (knob or deadbolt) in from
the
> >exterior side of the door, mate the interior part (knob,
deadbolt,
> >or turn lever) onto the rod from the front part, then spend a
lot
> >of time getting the screws started. Tighten everything up, and
> >you're done.
> >
> >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.
>
> --
> Regards,
> Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
>
> It's time to throw all their damned tea in the harbor again.


From: Stormin Mormon on
Gary is mistaken -- if you require the keyhole to be right side
up.

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"Doug Miller" <spambait(a)milmac.com> wrote in message
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> Read Gary Heston's post -- he's the only one so far who has
given the correct
> answer to your question.
>
> --
> Regards,
> Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
>
> It's time to throw all their damned tea in the harbor again.