How To Remove Deadbolt

There comes a time when you may need to remove a deadbolt lock from your door, but it’s not always that simple! 

Deadbolts can be extremely useful, and we hope to have them on for as long as possible, but now and again you may need to remove them, but you may be a little stuck on how to do so!

How To Remove Deadbolt

This guide examines the best way to remove a deadbolt and what you can do if you’re having trouble. 

What Is A Deadbolt?

A deadbolt is a type of locking mechanism used in doors to keep people out. They are designed to prevent an intruder from breaking into a house or office by forcing their way through the door.

The bolt itself is usually made up of two parts: a strike plate (or faceplate) which sits flush with the door frame and a latch mechanism which holds the bolt in place. 

The strike plate has a hole in its center where the keyhole would normally sit. This allows the user to turn the key in the lock without also turning the bolt. When the key is turned, the bolt slides back into position. 

The latch mechanism is attached to the inside of the door and is held in place by a spring-loaded pin. It contains a small cam which pushes against the strike plate when the door is closed.

In order to slide the bolt back, the cam must first move out of the way. 

There are many types of deadbolts available including ones with a thumb-turn, lever handle, push button, and even magnetic locks.

The most common type of deadbolt is the cylinder style, which uses a key to unlock the bolt and then turns a wheel to slide the bolt back into place.

How To Remove A Deadbolt

Now we know what a deadbolt is and how they work, it’s now time to have a look at how you might remove a deadbolt.

Start by turning the key in the lock until the bolt begins to slide back into place. Pull the door open slowly. If the bolt starts to stick, try pushing it slightly further towards the door frame. 

If this doesn’t work, try using some pliers to pull the bolt out of the door. You’ll need to use extreme caution here as pulling too hard could damage the lock. 

Once the bolt has been removed, check that there is no damage to the door frame or hinges. If everything looks okay, replace the bolt and reattach the door. 

You should now be able to close the door freely. However, if the deadbolt is stuck, you may have to try the methods in the next section.

What To Do If The Deadbolt Is Stuck

If you’ve tried removing a deadbolt, and it is stuck, you may need to try something else, such as drilling out the lock. 

Drilling The Lock Out

Drilling holes in a deadbolt isn’t recommended unless absolutely necessary. This will weaken the bolt and make it more likely to break off during normal usage. 

However, if the deadbolt won’t budge, drilling out the lock may be your only option. 

To drill out the deadbolt, start by holding the lock steady while inserting a screwdriver into one of the holes near the end of the bolt. Then, rotate the screwdriver clockwise until the tip breaks through the surface of the metal. 

Next, insert another screwdriver into the other hole and repeat the process. Once both screws are broken free, carefully pry them out. 

After removing the screws, take a pair of pliers and gently bend the ends of the bolts away from the door.  This should allow you to pull the bolt out easily, so all you’ll need to do is replace the bolts and reattach the door as described above.

Lubricate The Locket

Lubricate The Locket

It’s a good idea to try this before you go drilling the lock out. Try using a lubricant such as WD-40 or similar for the lock. This will also remove pesky rust which can cause issues with locks. 

After doing this, wait a while and try to remove the deadbolt as listed above. 

Remove The Door 

If all else fails, you may be forced to remove the door entirely. To do this, unscrew the hinge pins on either side of the door, then lift on the door itself. 

This allows you to access the deadbolt and remove it. If you still can’t do this, you may need to get yourself a new door and a new deadbolt for it.

Replace The Deadbolt And Reinstall The Hinge Pins

The last thing you want to do after replacing the deadbolt is to reinstall the old hinges. Before doing this, however, make sure that the door is completely closed. Otherwise, you may find that the door won’t shut properly afterwards.

First, undo the screws that hold the hinge pins in place. Next, remove the pins themselves. Finally, attach the pins to the door once again. 

When you’re done, make sure that the hinges are level before closing the door. If not, you may notice that the door won’t close properly.

Advantages To Having A Deadbolt 

Having a deadbolt installed on your front door gives you several advantages over those who don’t. The main advantages are:

  • Less likely for burglars to attempt entry 
  • Less likely for a burglar to successfully break in 
  • Difficult for young children to accidentally leave the home unaccompanied 
  • Generally better security 

Disadvantages To Having A Deadbolt

There are also some disadvantages though which are:

  • Difficult to remove, especially after many years 
  • Can damage the door if not installed or uninstalled correctly 
  • Can be heavy 
  • Can sometimes rust 

The Bottom Line

Deadbolts aren’t always the best choice for securing your doors. However, they have their uses, especially when used in conjunction with other locking mechanisms. 

If you choose to have a deadbolt, ensure you know how to remove it safely and correctly – because you may have to eventually!