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Fix Stuck Dead Bolts

If your deadbolt sticks or is difficult to turn, give it a shot of Teflon lube spray to get it operating smoothly again. It only takes five minutes.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Fix Stuck Dead Bolts

If your deadbolt sticks or is difficult to turn, give it a shot of Teflon lube spray to get it operating smoothly again. It only takes five minutes.

Step 1: Lube the lock cylinder

You use your dead bolt every day without giving a thought to maintenance. But one of these days, it's going to fight back and refuse to open. Don't panic; it's just crying for a few shots of lube. You can get it working again with dry Teflon lube spray. It's a better choice than graphite because it sprays on wet to soak into the lock mechanism. The solvent evaporates, leaving behind a dry, slippery powder. Start by lubing the lock cylinder (Photo 1).

Step 2: Lube the bolt mechanism

If lubing the lock cylinder doesn't free it, you'll need to lube the bolt mechanism (Photo 2).

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • 4-in-1 screwdriver

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Teflon spray lube

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April 15, 11:08 AM [GMT -5]

If you want to fix sticking deadbolts for good and improve your door security this is an awesome product on the market called the Sure-Strike strike plate. Worked great on my home. Each year my door would get out of alignment and it was tough of turn my deadbolts. The Sure-Strike did what it promised and I haven't had to jack with my locks since. Oddly it fixed my door draft issues to. Check it out. It's a pretty cool product.

April 15, 11:08 AM [GMT -5]

If you want to fix sticking deadbolts for good and improve your door security this is an awesome product on the market called the Sure-Strike strike plate. Worked great on my home. Each year my door would get out of alignment and it was tough of turn my deadbolts. The Sure-Strike did what it promised and I haven't had to jack with my locks since. Oddly it fixed my door draft issues to. Check it out. It's a pretty cool product.

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