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planehopr 10-31-2011 01:37 PM

Knob on Deadbolt won't stay!
 
The knob you turn on a deadbolt to open the door keeps falling off. There is a small screw at the bottom of it. My lock kit came with an allen wrench that I think fixes it, but it got tossed in the shuffle.

Does anyone know the standard size of this tiny allen wrench? I went to Home Depot and bought an assortment of sizes but the smallest size is at least 1 size too big.

I found I could kind of turn it a little with the blade of a pocket knife I have. It is still falling off though.

I don't want to call a locksmith. I would prefer not to commit fraud by buying the lock kit I have, using the tool, and returning it.

Any ideas?

joecaption 10-31-2011 03:00 PM

#1 most likly the screw is metric, so if you bought an english wrench kit it will not fit.
Take the knob and screw to any hardware store.

planehopr 11-13-2011 11:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 62833)
#1 most likly the screw is metric, so if you bought an english wrench kit it will not fit.
Take the knob and screw to any hardware store.

I finally solved the problem by following the advice above. I took the knob on the deadbolt down to Home Depot in the middle of the day (don't go at closing when they are more interested in getting out of there than helping you).

The man eventually found a very tiny screw for it since the other screw fell out. It was only 60 cents for 2 of them. Then we walked over to the Allen wrenches and found a $5 kit of many wrenches. The tiniest one fit the screw in the knob.

I went home and attached it in under 30 seconds and it works great.

You'll laugh--this issue has been a headache for several months with the knob always falling off the door. It only cost about $6 total to fix it plus gas and about a 1/2 hour of my time. Next time I'm going straight to Home Depot (or Lowes) with the problem materials and ask them how to fix it. It may even be faster and more reliable than trying to post on a website when I can't physically demonstrate the problem.


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