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remove core kwikset Key in knob

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remove core kwikset Key in knob

Postby zeke79 » Wed May 26, 2004 8:24 am

I have a kwikset key in know lock and was wondering how I go about removing the core from it. I have they key as it is one of my practice locks if that helps.
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Postby Mad Mick » Wed May 26, 2004 8:49 am

The tailpiece (the long grey shaft-type thing with a notch), which attaches to the back of the plug, has to be aligned with the cutout in the plate which has the key bitting code. Once this is done, there is another plate beneath the coded plate, which has to be pressed towards the centre line of the tail piece (you'll see a tab which is covering the spring, opposite to the bitting code.....push it towards the centre line of the lock)

When the lower plate has been depressed, the tailpiece will be allowed to be removed by pulling it away from the back of the plug.

Since you have the key, insert it and turn the plug to approx 45 degrees. There are two spring tabs which lock the plug/cylinder into the knob...these need to be manipulated with a slim flat-bladed screwdriver, so as to free the cylinder. Pulling on the key bow whilst carefully prying the spring tabs will allow the cylinder to be removed.

Alternatively, you could fork out the few dollars it costs to get a Kwikset rekeying tool that will do the job properly. :wink:
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Postby HeadHunterCEO » Wed May 26, 2004 9:00 am

Mad Mick wrote:Pulling on the key bow whilst carefully prying the spring tabs will allow the cylinder to be removed.

Alternatively, you could fork out the few dollars it costs to get a Kwikset rekeying tool that will do the job properly. :wink:


or you could just bash the scredriver in until the springs pull away from the core.

not reccomended until you do it the correct way a few times
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Postby Mad Mick » Wed May 26, 2004 9:25 am

That's the way I did it, just used a little finesse. Some don't have the neccessary judgement, hence the suggestion of using the proper tool.

But, if everybody had the proper tool for every given situation, there'd be no need for improvisation......some use what is provided, others adapt what is available.

My two cents. :lol:
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Postby zeke79 » Wed May 26, 2004 9:27 am

MadMick

I got the tail piece removed but I am having trouble finding these sprin tabs to release the cylinder. Are these on the body of the knob?
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Postby HeadHunterCEO » Wed May 26, 2004 9:33 am

without the kw tool you are in for one hell of a hard time.

you will wind up bashing out the front
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Postby Mad Mick » Wed May 26, 2004 9:34 am

The two spring tabs are accessed via the hole where the tailpiece was removed. Looking at the keyway, the tabs are located at three and nine o'clock assuming the keyway is vertical. A flashlight will help you, you're looking for two dark grey tabs approx 8mm in height.
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Postby Mad Mick » Wed May 26, 2004 9:40 am

without the kw tool you are in for one hell of a hard time.

you will wind up bashing out the front


I know, but if you know where/or can figure out where to pry, it can be done easily.....I did it first try. Finesse....you don't change a baby's diaper with a sledge-hammer.
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Postby zeke79 » Wed May 26, 2004 9:40 am

Got it! Thanks guys. I used a large tight fitting flatblade screwdriver and with a little wiggling it popped those spring right out of my way. Once again thanks!! I could not have done it without you!! :P
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Postby HeadHunterCEO » Wed May 26, 2004 10:44 am

mick

i was not able to swing him to the dark side

i was hoping to have him using the hammer drill within the week!
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Postby David_Parker » Wed May 26, 2004 12:25 pm

i was hoping to have him using the hammer drill within the week!



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Postby zeke79 » Wed May 26, 2004 7:13 pm

HeadHunterCEO wrote: mick

i was not able to swing him to the dark side

i was hoping to have him using the hammer drill within the week!


I had one in a closet not 20 feet from where I was working :lol: . I dont think you would have got me talked into it though. :wink:
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