Ziptide June 2020

June 2, 2020

Screen Door Bolts

Hi Gale. I think my customer is out of luck, but I told him I would try to find three new bolts for him. This is a deadbolt from a screen door that was installed in the late 1970s. The good news is it’s 2-3/8 inches backset. I think the lock was made by Kwikset. He uses a KW1 key he thinks is original. It’s hard to see, but there was a nub on the bolt next to the small square hole. The knob broke off, and he tried repairing it with a screw. The face of the bolt is 2-15/16 inches by 1 inch, and it just snaps in. There are no screws holding the bolt face in. The door is just over 1-inch thick. 

He is a good customer and wants to believe the bolts are available. Let me know what you think. I may end up converting the doors to a modern lock. 

Mark Hankes CRL

The Lock Pros Inc.

Naperville, Illinois

That lock was made by Dexter Lock. Dexter was bought by Schlage years ago. I found your Dexter Lock on eBay. It might have a different bolt, but it still might be used.    

— Editor-in-Chief Gale Johnson

Safe Combination Needed

My brother-in-law gave me an older build-a-safe. It’s never been assembled, but I can’t get the lock to open. I follow the numbers on the lock and get nothing. I want to make sure I can open it before I install it in a floor for a room I’m building. I’m hoping you can help either open it or give me instructions on how to assign a new lock combination. 

The unit has a metal tag that says BUILD-A-SAFE Inc., Huntington Beach, California, Serial  # 12785, Model  # C30DRC. On the back of the lock itself, it says LG Group 2, 1800 series,  La Gard Locking, Torrence, California, made in USA. Any assistance would be appreciated.

 Donnie Vick

This is a key-change safe. A special tool is required. The tool is inserted into the back of the lock and turned a quarter-turn. This releases the current combination, and a new combination then can be dialed in. In this situation, I only can suggest that you take the safe to a reputable locksmith in your area and have the locksmith set a new combination for you.

Editor-in-Chief Gale Johnson

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