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Fix Locks

Updated on October 2, 2014

Deadbolt Stuck? Door Locks Stick? Fix a Broken Lock

It's not rocket science to fix locks. Sometimes the mechanisms inside a lock can begin to stick from age or wear and tear. Then at other times, it works fine. That can be frustrating!

But you don't want to call a locksmith or replace the lock since it still seems to be working, even if it's only sometimes.

These solutions will save you money by showing you how to fix locks yourself. If you're even the slightest bit handy, you can do it yourself and save!

Photo of my handy little tube of lock fix it!

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Powdered Lubricant for Locks

Do NOT squirt an oily lubricant in a stuck lock.

Instead use powdered graphite to lube the lock without adding unwanted sticky goo* that can make the lock stick even worse from accumulation of dust and gunk*.

*Goo and gunk are technical terms.

Powdered Graphite Lubricant Fixes Locks - Easy applicator

I have used a powdered graphite lubricant like the tube shown below to fix my car and home locks. It's especially useful for stuck locks that are stuck and just won't turn or that are difficult to turn.

Locks need a dry lubricant like this, not an oil like WD-40. This lube is inexpensive and saves you from having to call a locksmith or replace the lock.

This type of applicator "puffs" the dry graphite lubricant into the lock, either through the key hole if that is sticking, or it can be applied to a deadbolt that is sticking.

To use, just unscrew the cap and hold the middle of the tube. Aim the nozzle at the key hole or in the deadbolt area (where the bolt moves into the side of the door). Squeeze and the lube shoots into the hole.

Panef Corp. L-300 Powdered Graphite Lubricant - Net Wt .21 oz
Panef Corp. L-300 Powdered Graphite Lubricant - Net Wt .21 oz

This powdered graphite lube has 5 stars on Amazon. It is the same as what I use, just a different brand.

And I've had my little 3-gram tube (shown in the introduction) for at least 5 years. This stuff works!

 

When using graphite powder, shoot some into

the keyhole or around the deadbolt then turn

the lock with the key or turn the deadbolt knob.

This movement distributes

the powder around inside the lock.

Powdered Graphite Lubricant - Keep your locks turning smoothly

In case you don't like the looks of the tube of powdered graphite lubricant shown above, here's another option!

Dry Powder Graphite Lube, Tube, 0.21 Oz
Dry Powder Graphite Lube, Tube, 0.21 Oz

5 out of 5 stars on Amazon.

One reviewer said they used this product to keep manual typewriter keys from sticking!

 

Fix It Yourself and Save

If it has moving parts,

it willl eventually break.

Learn to fix it yourself.

How to Fix Door Locks - Do it yourself and save!

Read more about fixing door locks with this home repair books. You can save so much money over time when you do home repairs yourself. Fixing locks is not hard, since I can do it. Granted, I can't do many home repairs but simple ones, yeah! And you can too!

Door Locks to Replace Broken Locks - Sometimes it's easier to replace a lock.

When you insert a key in a lock and the key turns but it doesn't turn the lock itself, it's time to replace the lock. Here are some excellent options available on Amazon at discounted prices from the hardware store.

Master Lock Keyed Entry Door Lock, Single Cylinder Deadbolt with matching Tulip Style Knob, Antique Brass, TUCO0605
Master Lock Keyed Entry Door Lock, Single Cylinder Deadbolt with matching Tulip Style Knob, Antique Brass, TUCO0605

4.3 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

High quality, secure lock.

Both the doorknob and deadbolt use the same key. Handy!

 
Schlage B60N 619 Single Cylinder Satin Nickel Deadbolt
Schlage B60N 619 Single Cylinder Satin Nickel Deadbolt

4.6 stars out of 5 on Amazon.

Happy customers reviewed this lock and said it was easy to install and durable.

Installation is made easy by the "Snap 'n' Stay" design that keeps the deadbolt in one position.

 

Fix Car Door and Trunk Locks

Use powdered graphite lubricant

in car door locks and trunk locks too.

Affiliate Disclosure

This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

Do You Have a Lock to Fix?

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      kathryn-gillespie 

      5 years ago

      Very informative advice! Thanks!

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      Jennifer_Glennon 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this. I can always use this type of fix it information.

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      BestRatedStuff 

      6 years ago

      Great advice. thanks for sharing!

    • SheGetsCreative profile image

      Angela F 

      6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      That reset cradle looks like it would come in very handy.

    • aksem profile image

      aksem 

      6 years ago

      Good advice. It's good not only for home locks, but for car locks too

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, I didn't know that Powdered Graphite Lubricant would fix locks. Thanks.

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