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How to Open a Kwikset Door Lock

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How to Open a Kwikset Door Lock – If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to open a Kwikset door lock, then you’ve come to the right place.

Gather the Necessary Tools

Opening a Kwikset door lock requires a few tools. You’ll need a screwdriver, a drill, a flathead, a hex wrench or Allen wrench, and a pair of pliers. Depending on the type of Kwikset lock you are dealing with, you may need additional tools. Make sure you have all of the necessary tools at your disposal before attempting to open the lock.

Find the right size screwdriver

Having the right screwdriver on hand is key to successful Kwikset door lock installation. The lock come with two screws that require a Phillips-head screwdriver with either a size #1, #2, or #3 (depending on your lock model). A Phillips-head screwdriver has an ‘X’-shaped tip and the size of it will tell you what size of screws it will fit into.

Measuring the dimensions of a Phillips-head screwdriver requires measuring one corner across the opposite corner and should measure 1/4″, 3/16″ , or 5/32″ respectively. To determine which Phillips-head screwdriver you need for your particular Kwikset door lock, check the instructions that came with your product. This will specify which Phillips-head size to use. If you do not have instructions, try each one until you find a match!

Prepare the paperclip

Opening a Kwikset door lock is an easy project with the correct tools and supplies. Start by gathering everything you need to complete this task. You will need a paperclip and needle-nose pliers.

Use your needle-nose pliers to straighten out the small, bendable metal paperclip so that all of it is linear in shape. Once the paperclip is straightened, it should be curved at one end, making it useful for locking and unlocking door locks. If needed, you can use the pliers to adjust the size of the clip’s loop to fit over the Kwikset latch or deadbolt inside the door lock. Make sure that once you have adjusted the loop that it fits correctly, as this will ensure a proper unlock of your door lock when used correctly.

Remove the Lock Cylinder

In order to open a Kwikset door lock, you must first remove the lock cylinder. This is done by unscrewing the small screws on the outside of the lock, which will release the lock cylinder from the door. After the cylinder has been removed, the lock can be opened without the use of a key. In this section, we will discuss the steps on how to remove the lock cylinder from a Kwikset door lock.

Unscrew the cylinder

Before you start, you will need to have a few tools on hand – a screwdriver and the key for the lock. Once you have these tools ready, begin the unlocking process by unscrewing the cylinder from the door. The cylinder is usually located on the outside of the door and is connected to it with two screws. Using your screwdriver, turn both screws counterclockwise until they can be removed from their respective slots. Once they are loose, simply take them out without having to use much force.

Next, gently pull out the cylinder using steady and even pressure. Note that if there is an anti-theft shield that was placed over both screws when they were initially installed, this will also need to be removed in order for the cylinder to come free from its housing. If this step is skipped, there’s a possibility that when you try to open your door again normally with your key that it may become jammed or stuck in place due to resistance from within its housing mechanism.

Pull out the cylinder

To open a Kwikset door lock, the first step is to remove the lock cylinder. Gently turn the cylinder in either direction 90 degrees to separate it from the housing. When the slot in the side of the cylinder lines up with a lip on the cam, pull out on both sides of the cylinder and it should slide right out. This is typically done with no special tools required. If any force needs to be used, use a flat-tip screwdriver or other suitable tool to pry forward gently against both sides of the cylinder while simultaneously pulling them away from each other. Once you have removed the lock cylinder, make sure not to over rotate as doing so may cause damage or render your key unable to work properly.

Remove the Lock Cylinder Plug

Removing the lock cylinder plug is the first step to opening a Kwikset door lock. To do this, you will need to insert a paperclip or similar tool into the small hole in the cylinder plug. This will release the plug from the cylinder and you can then remove it from the door. After the cylinder plug is removed, you can proceed to the next step.

Insert the paperclip into the plug

Removing the plug cylinder for a Kwikset lock requires you to use a small paperclip or similar tool. Begin by inserting the short end of the paperclip into the center hole at the end of the plug. Be sure to insert it far enough that it makes contact with the latch mechanism on its other side. Then, twist and pull out counterclockwise with steady force. With a little bit of wiggling and rotating, you should be able to successfully remove it without damaging any part of your lock or key cylinder. Once removed, this plug can be easily swapped out with any other plug that fits your lock, allowing you to customize your door’s security system according to your own needs and preferences.

Push the plug out of the cylinder

In order to remove the lock cylinder plug, the plug hole must be located on the front of the lock. This is usually found at the 6 o’clock position of your Kwikset door lock. Push a small screwdriver into the plug hole and carefully but firmly manipulate it in such a way that it pushes out from the cylinder. Once out, you can use a pair of tweezers or fingers to pull it out. It’s important to note that it may take some time for the plug to completely come out. If you experience difficulty, try to pull harder or use a flathead screwdriver instead of a Phillips head bit. Before attempting this procedure, make sure you lubricate your lock with graphite powder or lubricant as over-tightening may cause more harm than good.

Open the Lock

Opening a Kwikset door lock is a relatively straightforward process that can be completed in just a few simple steps. The first step is to determine if the lock is knob- or lever-style. Depending on the style, you’ll need to turn the knob or lever, align the keyholes, and insert the key . With the right tools and a little patience, you can successfully open a Kwikset door lock.

Insert the key into the plug

Insert your key into the plug of the lock, making sure that it is firmly inserted. If the key will not slide in and out smoothly, you may need to clean it with soap and water. When the key is inserted properly, rotate it clockwise to open the plug. This will allow you to turn the cylinder inside the lock and fully unlock it. Make sure you are aware of which way your door opens as this will determine which way you need to turn the key for a successful unlocking. Once unlocked, slowly open the door by turning or pushing the knob on which ever side is suitable depending on your type of door.

Turn the key to unlock the door

To open the Kwikset door lock, locate the lock inside the doorknob and insert your key into the keyhole. Turn the key to the left to unlock the door. When turning the key, you should hear a click as it unlocks. If your key does not turn easily or will not go all the way in to unlock, try using a lubricant such as WD-40 or Graphite Lubricant spray on the interior and exterior of both doorknobs and re-key each side of your Door Knob with a new working key for that side.

If you still cannot open your Kwikset door lock, you may need to replace or repair it. To replace your lock, remove both doorknobs from either side of your door by inserting a flathead screwdriver into pressing down on a tiny indentation at bottom of each knob while turning them counterclockwise. Disconnect any screws keeping these doorknobs attached to the door frame and then connect new doorknobs with screws where necessary. Re-key each side with new working keys that you can install in accordance with Kwikset’s instructions found here: products/product-pages/door-knobs/how-video/2662639Sp3q3buvNhaWdkErBxgjfNU2exYH B_V7oA9XIMg5ACQyZEKNoUBVzDdPJfZV7wZdBMoIQk91yzau1Bh4Jtb4c% 3D#step2

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