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Every homeowner has to go through this once in a while, or just once in their entire lives as home owners. And most of the time you will opt to have a locksmith or the Lock-up Services Inc. look at the problem and fix it as fast as possible. But what most people don’t know is that there are some few tips and tricks that when used properly, can save you some good bucks that you would have otherwise used on the door locksmith.

Here are four of those tricks that you can apply before you contact that professional locksmith.

  1. Catch the problem early

This can really save you a great deal. Catching the door knob and or lock problem early will enable you to fix the issue before it gets out of your hand and the point where it will no longer work at all. In most cases, you will find that the root of the problem is with a malfunctioning lock mechanism or latch assembly. The earlier you notice this, the earlier you can attempt to fix it, or the lower the costs you will incur if you call in a locksmith.

  1. Grease it up

Poorly fixed door can also cause improperly functioning latches or even have malfunctioning lock mechanisms either because the lock is dry or dirty. In such cases you can try the options stated below:

  • Avoid using oil as it will gum-up the door works.
  • Try lubricating it using graphite.
  • The deadbolt may not be engaging the strike plate correctly.
  • Try the key again if you feel the key is sticky.
  • Try the key a couple more times after spraying some graphite in the door cylinder.
  • Try cleaning or lubricating the lock if the key doesn’t turn easily in the lock.
  1. Dissect the lock

Sometimes, you find that the key turns fully but doesn’t unlock your door lock. In such instances, you may be required to take the lock apart and check whether the tang or cam is properly connected with the bolt.

  • If you find any broken parts, then replace and reassemble the lock.
  • Check whether the lock is frozen.
  • If it is, then try heating your key and insert it slowly in the keyhole.
  • Repeat this process until all the ice has thawed.
  1. File it down

You may be using a new key on your door keyhole which won’t turn easily. One cause of this may be that your new key has rough spots and edges that need to be filed.

  • One way that you can use to find these rough edges is by holding your new key over a flame which blackens it with soot, then inserting it in the keyhole and trying to turn it slightly and then pull it out.
  • Then file down the shiny areas you notice in the new key, the areas where the applied soot has been removed as a result of the rough spots.

If you try all of these tips and tricks but you’re still having problems with your door knob or lock, then you may have to call a professional locksmith to look into the matter.

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