how to disable door lock

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by billsahiker@yahoo.com, Oct 11, 2007.

  1. Guest

    How do I prevent the bathroom door lock from being "accidentally"
    locked from the inside?

    It is a Weslock with a cylindrical button on the inside next to the
    doorknob. A previous owner drilled a quarter inch hole on the outside
    opposite the button and I can see the butt end of the button through
    the hole. From the inside I can turn the button a half turn and it can
    easily be wiggled a lot, so is quite loose. I cannot get it to lock
    when I try, but sometimes when exiting and closing the door behind me
    I later find I cannot turn the doorknob and am effectively locked out.
    I think the think is broken because I cannot get it to lock, but that
    is OK as long as I can permanently keep it from "mysteriously"
    locking. Obviously, I can just put a new one in, but if there is an
    easy way to disable the locking mechanism that would be preferred.

    Bill
     
    , Oct 11, 2007
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  2. jerryl Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > How do I prevent the bathroom door lock from being "accidentally"
    > locked from the inside?
    >
    > It is a Weslock with a cylindrical button on the inside next to the
    > doorknob. A previous owner drilled a quarter inch hole on the outside
    > opposite the button and I can see the butt end of the button through
    > the hole. From the inside I can turn the button a half turn and it can
    > easily be wiggled a lot, so is quite loose. I cannot get it to lock
    > when I try, but sometimes when exiting and closing the door behind me
    > I later find I cannot turn the doorknob and am effectively locked out.
    > I think the think is broken because I cannot get it to lock, but that
    > is OK as long as I can permanently keep it from "mysteriously"
    > locking. Obviously, I can just put a new one in, but if there is an
    > easy way to disable the locking mechanism that would be preferred.
    >
    > Bill
    >

    With a Philips screwdriver, remove the two screw (one on either side of the
    knob).
    Slide the knobs apart.
    On the edge side of the door, remove the two screws and remove the latch
    assembly.
    Take all the parts you disassembled and toss in the garbage.
    Go to Home Depot or Lowes and for a few bucks buy a new bathroom door knob
    assembly.
     
    jerryl, Oct 11, 2007
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  3. Malcolm Hoar Guest

    In article <>, Jeff Wisnia <> wrote:
    > wrote:
    >
    >> How do I prevent the bathroom door lock from being "accidentally"
    >> locked from the inside?
    >>
    >> It is a Weslock with a cylindrical button on the inside next to the
    >> doorknob. A previous owner drilled a quarter inch hole on the outside
    >> opposite the button and I can see the butt end of the button through
    >> the hole. From the inside I can turn the button a half turn and it can
    >> easily be wiggled a lot, so is quite loose. I cannot get it to lock
    >> when I try, but sometimes when exiting and closing the door behind me
    >> I later find I cannot turn the doorknob and am effectively locked out.
    >> I think the think is broken because I cannot get it to lock, but that
    >> is OK as long as I can permanently keep it from "mysteriously"
    >> locking. Obviously, I can just put a new one in, but if there is an
    >> easy way to disable the locking mechanism that would be preferred.
    >>
    >> Bill
    >>

    >
    >If you're really too cheap to spend a few bucks for a new lockset, just
    >put three layers of duct tape over the hole in the strike plate.
    >
    >For a more professional look...
    >
    >you could fill the hole in the strike plate with Bondo.


    Oops, typo. Shoulda read:

    four layers of duct tape...

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    Malcolm Hoar, Oct 11, 2007
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  4. Jeff Wisnia Guest

    wrote:

    > How do I prevent the bathroom door lock from being "accidentally"
    > locked from the inside?
    >
    > It is a Weslock with a cylindrical button on the inside next to the
    > doorknob. A previous owner drilled a quarter inch hole on the outside
    > opposite the button and I can see the butt end of the button through
    > the hole. From the inside I can turn the button a half turn and it can
    > easily be wiggled a lot, so is quite loose. I cannot get it to lock
    > when I try, but sometimes when exiting and closing the door behind me
    > I later find I cannot turn the doorknob and am effectively locked out.
    > I think the think is broken because I cannot get it to lock, but that
    > is OK as long as I can permanently keep it from "mysteriously"
    > locking. Obviously, I can just put a new one in, but if there is an
    > easy way to disable the locking mechanism that would be preferred.
    >
    > Bill
    >


    If you're really too cheap to spend a few bucks for a new lockset, just
    put three layers of duct tape over the hole in the strike plate.

    For a more professional look you could fill the hole in the strike plate
    with Bondo.

    (Ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer....)

    Jeff

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    (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)
    The speed of light is 1.8*10^12 furlongs per fortnight.
     
    Jeff Wisnia, Oct 11, 2007
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  5. Pop` Guest

    KJonsen wrote:
    > On Thu, 11 Oct 2007 17:49:17 -0400, Jeff Wisnia
    > <> wrote:
    >
    >> If you're really too cheap to spend a few bucks for a new lockset,
    >> just put three layers of duct tape over the hole in the strike plate.
    >>
    >> For a more professional look you could fill the hole in the strike
    >> plate with Bondo.

    >
    > Nah, three layers of duct tape costs too much. One piece over the
    > latch on the door should work.
    >
    > The Bondo approach works. A previous owner used it on my bathroom
    > doorway. Looks luckin fuvely.


    Cripes. Disassemble it, remove the bar that locks it, and forget it.
     
    Pop`, Oct 13, 2007
    #5
  6. Harry K Guest

    On Oct 11, 2:47 pm, (Malcolm Hoar) wrote:
    > In article <>, Jeff Wisnia <> wrote:
    > > wrote:

    >
    > >> How do I prevent the bathroom door lock from being "accidentally"
    > >> locked from the inside?

    >
    > >> It is a Weslock with a cylindrical button on the inside next to the
    > >> doorknob. A previous owner drilled a quarter inch hole on the outside
    > >> opposite the button and I can see the butt end of the button through
    > >> the hole. From the inside I can turn the button a half turn and it can
    > >> easily be wiggled a lot, so is quite loose. I cannot get it to lock
    > >> when I try, but sometimes when exiting and closing the door behind me
    > >> I later find I cannot turn the doorknob and am effectively locked out.
    > >> I think the think is broken because I cannot get it to lock, but that
    > >> is OK as long as I can permanently keep it from "mysteriously"
    > >> locking. Obviously, I can just put a new one in, but if there is an
    > >> easy way to disable the locking mechanism that would be preferred.

    >
    > >> Bill

    >
    > >If you're really too cheap to spend a few bucks for a new lockset, just
    > >put three layers of duct tape over the hole in the strike plate.

    >
    > >For a more professional look...

    >
    > >you could fill the hole in the strike plate with Bondo.

    >
    > Oops, typo. Shoulda read:
    >
    > four layers of duct tape...
    >
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    > |~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|
    > | Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
    > | Gary Player. |
    > |http://www.malch.com/ Shpx gur PQN. |
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    > - Show quoted text -


    But if he's too cheap to buy duct tape?

    Harry K
     
    Harry K, Oct 14, 2007
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  7. Malcolm Hoar Guest

    In article <>, Harry K <> wrote:
    >> >If you're really too cheap to spend a few bucks for a new lockset, just
    >> >put three layers of duct tape over the hole in the strike plate.

    >>
    >> >For a more professional look...

    >>
    >> >you could fill the hole in the strike plate with Bondo.

    >>
    >> Oops, typo. Shoulda read:
    >>
    >> four layers of duct tape...

    >
    >But if he's too cheap to buy duct tape?


    Does he own a hammer?

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    | Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
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    | http://www.malch.com/ Shpx gur PQN. |
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
     
    Malcolm Hoar, Oct 14, 2007
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