From: MsMonarchdancer on
How do we flip a left-hand Kwikset lock so it works on a right-hand door?

I bought a set of Kwikset Security locks which advertise "Fits All Doors" &
"Easy Installation". The Kwikset lock package contained two left-hand keyed
knobs and two deadbolts.

The problem is there is NOTHING on the package that indicates the two keyed
knobs are set up for left-handed doors (those with the hinge on the left).
My outside doors are right-hand doors (they have the hinge on the right).

It's crazy to me that Kwikset doesn't even SAY on the package that all my
lock cylinders will be upside down unless I can figure out how to switch
the Kwikset lock from being a left-hand knob to a right-hand knob.

Do you know how?

I googled only to find a very tough to follow description of the lock knob
keyhole reversing procedure sans pictures at
http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=227800

Is there a PHOTOGRAPH or DIAGRAM of how to reverse a quickset lock that is
set up for a left-hand door to have the keyhole right-side up for a
right-hand door?

The instructions have room for Spanish, English, and French, but no room to
tell us how to install the lock such that the keyhole is right-side up.

Is the procedure to flip the Kwikset keyhole documented (with pictures)?
From: MsMonarchdancer on
On Sun, 14 Jan 2007 07:03:37 GMT, MsMonarchdancer(a)gmail.com wrote:
> Is the procedure to flip the Kwikset keyhole documented (with pictures)?

I should note this is a keyed "entry" lock, with no screws in the keyed
half of the lock. If the keyhole reverses, it must be via some sort of
lever or tab as there is no way I can even see to get the knob off.

I think the door entry lock part number is Kwikset 25513-001.

Where can I find PICTURES or DIAGRAMS of the procedure to flip a Kwikset
entry lock from the left-hand keyhole position to a right-handed lock?
From: MsMonarchdancer on
On Sat, 13 Jan 2007 23:26:56 -0800, MsMonarchdancer(a)gmail.com wrote:
> So much for the "Easy Installation" and "Fits All Doors" on the package! :(
> Why doesn't Kwikset just LABEL their package for left-hand doors only?

The knob entry lock looks much like the photograph here
http://www.inspectiondollars.com/kwiksetpuller.pdf

I'm shocked that I have to order this Kwikset cylinder removal tool just to
get the lock to fit a right hand door.

Assuming left hand and right hand doors are each half the doors in the
world, it seems inconceivable to me that we'd need a hundred dollar tool
for half the houses of the world!

I must be missing something simple.

Do YOU know where SIMPLE instructions might be for switching a Kwikset
entry lock keyway from upside down to right side up?
From: MsMonarchdancer on
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.

What I learned so far is to never ever again purchase any door entry lock
that doesn't SAY whether it's a right or left-handed lock!

Otherwise, half the time, we'd be buying the WRONG lock!

I suspect Kwikset did this on purpose but for the life of me, I can't
figure out what perverse thoughts were in their mind to torture us so.
From: Nate Nagel on
MsMonarchdancer(a)gmail.com wrote:
> How do we flip a left-hand Kwikset lock so it works on a right-hand door?
>
> I bought a set of Kwikset Security locks which advertise "Fits All Doors" &
> "Easy Installation". The Kwikset lock package contained two left-hand keyed
> knobs and two deadbolts.
>
> The problem is there is NOTHING on the package that indicates the two keyed
> knobs are set up for left-handed doors (those with the hinge on the left).
> My outside doors are right-hand doors (they have the hinge on the right).
>
> It's crazy to me that Kwikset doesn't even SAY on the package that all my
> lock cylinders will be upside down unless I can figure out how to switch
> the Kwikset lock from being a left-hand knob to a right-hand knob.
>
> Do you know how?
>
> I googled only to find a very tough to follow description of the lock knob
> keyhole reversing procedure sans pictures at
> http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=227800
>
> Is there a PHOTOGRAPH or DIAGRAM of how to reverse a quickset lock that is
> set up for a left-hand door to have the keyhole right-side up for a
> right-hand door?
>
> The instructions have room for Spanish, English, and French, but no room to
> tell us how to install the lock such that the keyhole is right-side up.
>
> Is the procedure to flip the Kwikset keyhole documented (with pictures)?

I'm not sure, but...

....why Kwikset? Schlage is nearly the same price, and MUCH better
quality - you can feel the difference just by turning the knob, heavier
metal, parts less "sloppy" - even if you aren't in any way mechanically
inclined.

I'm not really of a criminal bent, but I have my suspicions that I could
easily break/bypass your Kwikset lockset with only a good pair of boots
- I suspect one swift kick would knock the outer knob right off the door.

Of course, if you don't have a deadbolt, there's no point worrying about
it... any kid with a library card can get in your door.

nate

--
replace "fly" with "com" to reply.
http://home.comcast.net/~njnagel