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    URGENT HELP PLEASE!! My upvc french doors wont lock

    Hi everyone,
    For some reason my back doors refuse to lock. The handle lifts up ok but the key wont turn. The lock works fine when the door is open and the door has started to feel really stiff, it was fine earlier today.
    Getting a bit worried now because i don't want a door left unlocked overnight as it's just me and my two daughters living in my house.
    Any advice gratefully appreciated.

    Many thanks

    27 Comments

    Have they frozen with ice?

    has it got ice in it?

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    Edited by: "chalkysoil" 28th Nov 2010

    hairdryer to lock if its ice!

    As above.

    Spray with WD40

    look down at the place where the door shuts and make sure there's no small stone or something. happened to me once and found out it was a tiny stone blocking the lock mechanism.

    if the lock is working fine when doors open theres nowt wrong with that, sounds like its not lining up with the other door right try lifting one or the other as you turn the key.

    Original Poster

    it can't be ice as the lock is working when the door is open, just when it's closed it wont.

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    missp27

    it can't be ice as the lock is working when the door is open, just when … it can't be ice as the lock is working when the door is open, just when it's closed it wont.


    the hole that the lock goes in might have ice in it then

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    r4ge

    look down at the place where the door shuts and make sure there's no … look down at the place where the door shuts and make sure there's no small stone or something. happened to me once and found out it was a tiny stone blocking the lock mechanism.

    missp27

    it can't be ice as the lock is working when the door is open, just when … it can't be ice as the lock is working when the door is open, just when it's closed it wont.



    have checked the hole where the lock goes and there's no ice or stones etc

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    maddogb

    if the lock is working fine when doors open theres nowt wrong with that, … if the lock is working fine when doors open theres nowt wrong with that, sounds like its not lining up with the other door right try lifting one or the other as you turn the key.



    i've tried that but shall have another go..

    cannyscot

    As above.Spray with WD40



    If you have some. do the lock and the levers etc in the side of the door as well.
    Its possible the door may have dropped a bit so grip it and lift as ahrd as you can and try and lock it again...if all else fails call a local locksmith, they are usually on callout 24/7

    it might be a good idea to call out a upvc door repair guy, they'll charge for coming out but it'll be worth it.

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    r4ge

    it might be a good idea to call out a upvc door repair guy, they'll … it might be a good idea to call out a upvc door repair guy, they'll charge for coming out but it'll be worth it.



    i privately rent my house so i think i'll give the landlady a call tomorrow

    do you have a rape alarm or shed alarm? They can be fixed across doors so that if they open the wail goes off

    Maybe get someone on the other side of the door to lift it a little while you lift the handle, I would imagine you keep unlocking and locking it at some point the key will turn.

    "Who's been bashing your back doors?" Keith Lemons fav saying oO
    Edited by: "KERMITZBITZ" 28th Nov 2010

    I would not use WD40 as it attracts rubbish, use it on the locks themselfs, but not the keyhole... the best way to loosen up a lock is to get a pencil and draw loads on a bit of paper so you get a lot of pencil graphite filings build up and then bend the paper to get them all together and blow them into the keylock and push in with the key

    Banned

    As above, they tend to drop after a while and the lock wont line up properly

    Mine does this. I have to force the handle further over into the close position at the same time as turning the key. Give it a try.

    If they are French doors with two handles facing each other you could always tie them together to give you a little more security, not entirely safe but better than nothing.

    I'm shocked at the lack of back door jokes!
    Hope you get it sorted, i wouldnt be going to bed at all if i had to leave the door unlocked!

    Original Poster

    my key has just given me a massive blister on my finger have tried wd40 and that has just made it turn smoother when the door is open
    luckily i've found the key to the inside conservatory doors (the door i can't lock is the outside conservatory ones) my kids computer is in there so a bit worried only one handle so unfortunately can't tie them

    deek i'm going to try your suggestion once i've found a plaster!

    Some upvc doors can be adjusted if you have the tools (torx screwdrivers or allen keys) to do so.

    Get something to wegde under the handle then so it cant be turned from the outside.

    Just Make Sure They Are Locked TIGHT !!!!!!

    http://i189.photobucket.com/albums/z230/ennio_01/Zombie.jpg

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    sounds like it has dropped slightly so needs adjusting up at the hinges

    Original Poster

    well i don't know what happend, i tried all your above suggestions but after ages of trying the handle suddenly clicked up on notch more and started working again
    thanks for all your suggestions everone
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