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    my front door...

    wont lock! i dont see what is wrong i have even taken my holly wreath off as i thought it was maybe the hanger but when you lift the handle right up it wont go the far enough to turn the key to lock it and i hate not having my door locked

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    Ring a locksmith Crash all over again

    I take it it shuts?

    the lock hasnt turned round before your trying to lock it if you get what i mean, that might be preventing it from locking.

    Sometimes doors shift a little because of the cold........
    Try and give it a little lift and push and see if it locks then

    Original Poster

    yeh it shuts over and i lift the handle and then normally just turn the key and thats it locked but when i lift the handle it is not going up far enough for the key to turn so i havent a clue

    it sounds like the bolts that are on the side of the door that come out as you lift the handle up are stuck or being blocked by something. Check to see if there's nothing in the way and also on the door frame side.

    Have a look in the recesses where the lock and bolts go into on the frame, make sure there free of debris.
    Had a similar problem in the summer and found that my 2 year old was ramming anything that fitted into the holes preventing the door locking.

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    azzy129;7280357

    it sounds like the bolts that are on the side of the door that come out … it sounds like the bolts that are on the side of the door that come out as you lift the handle up are stuck or being blocked by something. Check to see if there's nothing in the way and also on the door frame side.



    thanks will have a look or i am going to have to do a nightshift! :w00t:
    hubby has gone to bed regardless as normal! men :x

    wulshaz;7280368

    thanks will have a look or i am going to have to do a nightshift! … thanks will have a look or i am going to have to do a nightshift! :w00t:hubby has gone to bed regardless as normal! men :x



    Women:x

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    Broxy;7280361

    Have a look in the recesses where the lock and bolts go into on the … Have a look in the recesses where the lock and bolts go into on the frame, make sure there free of debris.Had a similar problem in the summer and found that my 2 year old was ramming anything that fitted into the holes preventing the door locking.



    i remember those days :-D
    we had quite a few mishaps and callouts! it is funny afterwards :w00t:

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    ryouga;7280372

    Women:x


    we are good ;-)

    i hate going to bed thinking ive left the door unlocked, i always tell my partner to check even though hes adament hes locked it lol my sister got robbed last year from forgetting to lock her door so im constantly telling her to lock hers, especially around this time of year you should be careful. i hope you get it sorted.

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    pink-ka;7280393

    i hate going to bed thinking ive left the door unlocked, i always tell my … i hate going to bed thinking ive left the door unlocked, i always tell my partner to check even though hes adament hes locked it lol my sister got robbed last year from forgetting to lock her door so im constantly telling her to lock hers, especially around this time of year you should be careful. i hope you get it sorted.


    thanks i know it is a worry and i know i wont sleep but thats us women with worry, the next door neighbour is a joiner he is quite good to ask but i will have to wait til the morning i think :w00t:
    seriously hubby is in bed out of it and i,m still sitting here hoping each time i try it it will suddenly lock! :oops:

    pink-ka;7280393

    i hate going to bed thinking ive left the door unlocked, i always tell my … i hate going to bed thinking ive left the door unlocked, i always tell my partner to check even though hes adament hes locked it lol my sister got robbed last year from forgetting to lock her door so im constantly telling her to lock hers, especially around this time of year you should be careful. i hope you get it sorted.



    Its called OCD by the way.:p

    Original Poster

    Broxy;7280406

    Its called OCD by the way.:p


    lol thats what my hubby says i,ve got cant think why ***gone to check the door again*** :-D

    Happened to the in laws door and turned out a piece of metal had broken off inside beside the turning mechanism next to the barrel preventing it from rotating fully, so the door would lock but you couldn't turn the key enough to get the key out, removed the sliver of metal and all was good again. Had to remove the side metal section off the pvc door to get into the bit that was blocked.

    Banned

    Wd40!

    Yes try WD40 and if that doesnt work just unscrew it, I know its late but it shouldnt take much longer than 15-30 minutes, better than staying up and not going to bed.

    My back door at my last property had a problem where the inside lock wouldnt turn and the handle would jam, a simple squirt of WD40 did the job.

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    dcx_badass;7280457

    Do you only have one lock? We've got 4 on ours and a chain, and it's a … Do you only have one lock? We've got 4 on ours and a chain, and it's a metal plated door, not that it matters as we've gone to sleep before with the back door wide open and been fine.


    we have 4 entrances to our house and i lock them all but 2 are alarmed but the alarm has broken which didnt bother me as the doors locked! now one doesnt! i will have a better look at it tomorrow in daylight will just have to do a nightshift! we have been broken into once in the garage and they took my sons bike but we heard them but by the time hubby ran down they were off!

    Also check if it locks from the other side as one of the pins in the barrel could be sticking . :thumbsup:

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    esq3585;7280478

    Also check if it locks from the other side as one of the pins in the … Also check if it locks from the other side as one of the pins in the barrel could be sticking . :thumbsup:


    oh never thought of that as i could do that and thats it sorted as such :thumbsup: thanks

    You could try sliding the barrel out and check if it turns freely, put the key in it and remove the single screw on the side of the door that is in line with the barrel, then this will prove if its a fault with the barrel or the door mechanism itself.

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    esq3585;7280490

    You could try sliding the barrel out and check if it turns freely, put … You could try sliding the barrel out and check if it turns freely, put the key in it and remove the single screw on the side of the door that is in line with the barrel, then this will prove if its a fault with the barrel or the door mechanism itself.


    will try that one tomorrow as i am not that good :oops:

    If you have to replace the barrel get a snapsafe one , bit more secure.
    Also bump proof too.
    upvc-hardware.co.uk/loc…tml

    Can get them cheaper on ebay though from powersellers.

    https://www.upvc-hardware.co.uk/images/medium/cisa_astral_s_euro_cylinder_MED.jpg

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    dcx_badass;7280523

    The Police came round after our neighbour was burgled and he did a full … The Police came round after our neighbour was burgled and he did a full assesment of our house and said the only thing we needed to sort out was to get a snapsafe lock



    thanks guys i will have a look into these as i am really aware of safety and stuff and i hate the thought of going to bed with the door open i even lock hubby out as he forgets his keys so tough his fault not ours! :-D

    Original Poster

    dcx_badass;7280559

    Dunno if I'd trust getting a lock from ebay, they could do a copy of the … Dunno if I'd trust getting a lock from ebay, they could do a copy of the key, then they have an address and key.


    good point :thumbsup:

    Wilkinsons sells cheap locks.

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    ryouga;7280583

    Wilkinsons sells cheap locks.



    dont have one

    Sounds like the door has dropped slightly from the hinges & can be easily fixed. You should be able to lock it by trying to lift the door slightly before trying to lock it. This should do the trick but will require some effort. In the morning, look underneath the all the hinges & you will find a cover which pops off. This should reveal a heaxagonal shaped slot. You will need an allen key. Turning the slot with the allen key 1/2 a turn per hinge at a time until the door closes easily. Start with the bottom hinge first. See how that goes.

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    The Therapist;7280635

    Sounds like the door has dropped slightly from the hinges & can be easily … Sounds like the door has dropped slightly from the hinges & can be easily fixed. You should be able to lock it by trying to lift the door slightly before trying to lock it. This should do the trick but will require some effort. In the morning, look underneath the all the hinges & you will find a cover which pops off. This should reveal a heaxagonal shaped slot. You will need an allen key. Turning the slot with the allen key 1/2 a turn per hinge at a time until the door closes easily. Start with the bottom hinge first. See how that goes.



    cheers :thumbsup: i seen the words the therapist and thought my prayers have been answered! lol :-D

    Banned

    some graphite powder on the barrels and inside the lock works wonders before replacing the whole thing

    [QUOTE=ryouga;7280471]Yes try WD40 and if that doesnt work just unscrew it, I know its late but it shouldnt take much longer than 15-30 minutes, better than staying up and not going to bed.

    My back door at my last property had a problem where the inside lock wouldnt turn and the handle would jam, a simple squirt of WD40 did the job.[/QUO

    I phoned the company that fitted ours when we had this problem and thats what they told us to do and it worked. We hadn't been able to lock the door from the outside for ages so was always unlocked when we were out and we never got robbed. Mind you we have got two staffordshire bull terriors sitting behind the door so may put people off a bit :-D

    dcx_badass;7280559

    Dunno if I'd trust getting a lock from ebay, they could do a copy of the … Dunno if I'd trust getting a lock from ebay, they could do a copy of the key, then they have an address and key.



    Paranoid much?:whistling:

    i havent read through the other replies but this happens to our door sometimes and we have a set of alan keys to solve this! you need to take off the plastic covers off the hinges - there are three - then find an alan key that will fit and slowly turn a tiny bit at a time till your door properly shuts - its only needing a tiny adjustment done

    The Therapist;7280635

    Sounds like the door has dropped slightly from the hinges & can be easily … Sounds like the door has dropped slightly from the hinges & can be easily fixed. You should be able to lock it by trying to lift the door slightly before trying to lock it. This should do the trick but will require some effort. In the morning, look underneath the all the hinges & you will find a cover which pops off. This should reveal a heaxagonal shaped slot. You will need an allen key. Turning the slot with the allen key 1/2 a turn per hinge at a time until the door closes easily. Start with the bottom hinge first. See how that goes.



    ahh just seen u posted same thing! this is def the problem and will be fixed in no time at all

    bossyboots;7281952

    i havent read through the other replies but this happens to our door … i havent read through the other replies but this happens to our door sometimes and we have a set of alan keys to solve this! you need to take off the plastic covers off the hinges - there are three - then find an alan key that will fit and slowly turn a tiny bit at a time till your door properly shuts - its only needing a tiny adjustment done



    bossyboots;7281963

    ahh just seen u posted same thing! this is def the problem and will be … ahh just seen u posted same thing! this is def the problem and will be fixed in no time at all




    Great minds think alike:friends:

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    Jumpingphil;7288205

    Have you tried "locking" the door while it is still open?This will tell … Have you tried "locking" the door while it is still open?This will tell you whether the problem is with the door or the frame.


    hi yes thankfully not too sure of the ins and outs :oops: but after a visit from my neighbour we can now lock it :thumbsup:

    if you're worried still just take sthe numbers off your door, no one will find your house then..............
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