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How to Remove a Whitco Screen Door Lock Without a Key

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If you’re looking for information on how to remove a Whitco screen door lock without a key, this blog post is for you. We’ll walk you through the steps to take to get your screen door lock removed without damaging it.


The Whitco screen door lock is designed to secure your home from intruders, but not all Whitco locks come with a key. Fortunately, it is possible to remove a Whitco screen door lockdown without the use of a key. In this article, we will review the steps necessary to safely and securely unlock a Whitco screen door lock without a key. We will explain the tools you will need and provide detailed instructions on how to remove the old lock and install a new one. The easy-to-follow instructions in this guide will ensure that you have access to your home once again!

Tools Needed

Removing a Whitco Screen Door Lock without a key requires some special tools. You will need a flat-head screwdriver, an adjustable wrench and a hacksaw blade. These tools can help you remove the lock without damaging the door or the surrounding door frame. It is best to practice caution when using these tools as they can be sharp and cause injury if mishandled.

Phillips head screwdriver

A Phillips head screwdriver is an essential tool for any basic toolkit. It is required in order to remove a Whitco screen door lock without a key, as the screws that attach the lock to the door are designed to be operated with a Phillips head screwdriver only. The tip of the driver should be larger than the head of each screw and fit perfectly into its center, allowing you to turn it in either direction. Depending on the type of Phillips head screwdriver you own, it may also feature small sections cut away from different sides of the tip-these will help you twist even more effectively in tight spaces. It is important to use caution when using this tool, as over-tightening or damaging the screws may affect their performance and lead to further problems with your door lock.

Flat head screwdriver

A flat head screwdriver is one of the most essential tools you will need in order to remove a Whitco screen door lock without a key. It is typically used to remove screws, making it necessary to get access to the lock’s mechanism. Make sure you have a screwdriver that fits the size of your lock’s screws. Once you have gained access to the mechanism, use the screwdriver to pick, jiggle and manipulate it back and forth until it unlocks. Be sure to go slow and steady instead of trying to brute force it open. This is an important step that requires patience and precision, as applying too much pressure may damage or break your lock completely.

Needle nose pliers

Needle nose pliers are a tool used primarily for gripping smaller objects, although they can be used to manipulate larger objects with some success as well. Needle nose pliers come in various sizes and shapes and can be found at any hardware store. When using needle nose pliers to remove a Whitco screen door lock without a key, always begin by inserting the tapered end of the tool into the hole of the lock cylinder. Once inserted, attempt to use the handle of the pliers to rotate the cylinder until it releases. If the cylinder does not rotate or release, try slightly adjusting the angle of the needle nose pliers and placing pressure on different areas of the cylinder until it releases. Be sure to take caution when doing this because too much force can damage both the lock and your tools.

Step-by-Step Guide

If you have a Whitco screen door lock that you can’t open because you don’t have the key, you can still remove the lock using a few tools. This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of removing a Whitco screen door lock without a key. You’ll need a few tools and a bit of patience, but with the right instructions, you should be able to remove the lock in no time. Let’s get started.

Remove the screws from the door lock

Removing the screws from the door lock is the first step in replacing or fixing your Whitco screen door lock. On Whitco locks, you will find four screws located around the door lock face plate: two on the left side, one on the right side and one underneath. Using a Phillips-head screwdriver, remove all four screws. If you cannot access the bottom most screw for any reason, you may need to dismantle an adjacent bracket that is holding it in place. Once all four screws are removed, set them aside in a safe place so they can be replaced later on.

Disassemble the door lock

Removing a Whitco screen door lock without a key can be accomplished by first disassembling the door lock. Use a slotted screwdriver to remove the screws that are in the backside of the door lock and carefully remove the knob. Then turn your attention to the face plate. Many Whitco face plate screws can be removed using a flathead screwdriver, but some may require a larger Phillips head screwdriver. Once all of the screws are removed, you should be able to separate the face plate from its housing.

Remove the latch from the door

Removing the latch from the door may be necessary if you cannot find a suitable replacement for your Whitco screen door lock. Doing this is quite simple and can be completed in just a few steps.

First, insert a flat head screwdriver between the latch and the door frame directly beside the lock mechanism. Gently wiggle and press down on the screwdriver to release tension from the latch and then pull the latch away from the jamb. If necessary, continue to work your way along both sides of the door, prying loose latching mechanisms as you go.

Once each of these mechanisms has been released, you should be able to move them independently of each other until they are both disconnected from their respective parts in the door or screen frame. When all latching mechanisms have been removed, carefully slide out any screws which may be attaching them to keep them secure in place when latched shut.

Remove the springs from the latch

Once you have successfully removed the exterior door handle from the door, use a screwdriver to remove the two screws located on either side of the latch. Once these screws are removed, carefully slide out the latch and remove it from the door. With needle-nose pliers, twist and pull off the springs attached to either side of the latch. Store these components in a safe location so they do not get lost while you are working on replacing the lock.

Reassemble the door lock without the key

Once the defective lock has been removed, it’s time to reassemble your door without the key. Reassembly is a simple process and takes only a few steps.

Begin by inserting the roller latch shaft back into the door. Make sure that it’s properly aligned and seated in its housing. Then, insert the knob on top of the shaft and tighten it with screws to secure it in place.

Next, slide the bolt into its housing on the door frame and then guide it through the latch in order to secure both pieces together. Make sure that everything is lined up properly so that you don’t damage either parts. Next, secure both sides of to each other with screws as well as securing any spacer piece that may be necessary for proper alignment (depending on your specific model).

Finally, replace any strike plate or other hardware that you may have removed in order to access your screen door lock previously so that everything is propped up correctly and won’t be loose while using the door. At this point, you should once again be able to open and close your screen lock without needing a key – just make sure to test all parts before putting them back together!


When you have successfully removed a Whitco screen door lock without a key, it is recommended that you replace it with a more secure alternative. There are several different types of locks available, such as keyed deadbolts, combination locks, and electronic locks. By replacing your existing lock with one of these options, you will be able to keep your belongings safe and secure. Additionally, if you ever need to remove the new lock without a key, most come with reset codes or special tools that will allow for easy removal.

The process of removing a Whitco screen door lock without a key may take some time and patience. However, by following the steps outlined in this guide, you should be able to successfully remove the lock without damaging anything in the process. If you have any questions or concerns about this process or product selection, please contact an authorized professional at your local hardware store or home improvement center for assistance.

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