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lloyd

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Mar 23, 2009, 3:56:34 PM3/23/09
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I have a Medeco lock on my front door to my house and when you put the
key into the lock the cylinder just spins around. In fact you spin the
cylinder enough it comes out of the whole door. I had a guy come out
to take a look at it, he said it needed a screw and wanted $140 to fix
it, after $30 to come up here, I told him to leave. I know this is an
easy fix, but I don't know how to do it, anyone have experience with
this stuff?
Thanks.

DanG

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Mar 23, 2009, 4:36:41 PM3/23/09
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I don't know Medeco locks. It sounds like a mortise type lock.
Remove the scalp plate on the edge of the door - 2 VERY small
screws, be very careful as you remove them. Remove the scalp
plate. There will probably be 2 screw heads side by side exposed
that would be dead center of the cylinder. There is a groove cut
in the side of the cylinder that the screw closest to the outside
engages. The other screw is for a door that has the cylinder on
the other side of the door. If the screw you need to use is
missing, just steal the other one. Put a key part way into the
cylinder so you can turn it back and forth, start to tighten the
outside screw as you wiggle the cylinder until you feel the
groove, and tighten the screw. Put it back together and pray you
didn't lose one of those scalp plate screws. The cylinder's
groove is positioned so the teeth on the key will be in the up
position.

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lloyd

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Mar 23, 2009, 6:06:12 PM3/23/09
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On Mar 23, 1:36 pm, "DanG" <dgrif...@7cox.net> wrote:
> I don't know Medeco locks.  It sounds like a mortise type lock.
> Remove the scalp plate on the edge of the door - 2 VERY small
> screws, be very careful as you remove them.  Remove the scalp
> plate.  There will probably be 2 screw heads side by side exposed
> that would be dead center of the cylinder.  There is a groove cut
> in the side of the cylinder that the screw closest to the outside
> engages.  The other screw is for a door that has the cylinder on
> the other side of the door.  If the screw you need to use is
> missing, just steal the other one.  Put a key part way into the
> cylinder so you can turn it back and forth, start to tighten the
> outside screw as you wiggle the cylinder until you feel the
> groove, and tighten the screw.  Put it back together and pray you
> didn't lose one of those scalp plate screws.  The cylinder's
> groove is positioned so the teeth on the key will be in the up
> position.
>
> --
> ______________________________
> Keep the whole world singing . . . .
> DanG  (remove the sevens)
> dgriff...@7cox.net
>
> "lloyd" <leonspi...@excite.com> wrote in message

>
> news:4dbac7df-a0e7-4fb2...@s38g2000prg.googlegroups.com...
>
> >I have a Medeco lock on my front door to my house and when you
> >put the
> > key into the lock the cylinder just spins around. In fact you
> > spin the
> > cylinder enough it comes out of the whole door. I had a guy come
> > out
> > to take a look at it, he said it needed a screw and wanted $140
> > to fix
> > it, after $30 to come up here, I told him to leave. I know this
> > is an
> > easy fix, but I don't know how to do it, anyone have experience
> > with
> > this stuff?
> > Thanks.

It was just one screw and I got it. Much thanks.

Roger Shoaf

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Mar 24, 2009, 12:32:05 AM3/24/09
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"lloyd" <leons...@excite.com> wrote in message
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Where did you find that guy? I have been a locksmith since Jimmy Carter was
in office and I can't imagine any reputable locksmith attempting to charge
$140 to snug down a loose screw.

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Roger Shoaf
If you are not part of the solution, you are not dissolved in the solvent.


Stormin Mormon

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Mar 24, 2009, 8:03:48 AM3/24/09
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That, after a $30 house call fee. Something sounds wrong.

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Eric in North TX

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Mar 24, 2009, 9:03:59 AM3/24/09
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> Where did you find that guy?  I have been a locksmith since Jimmy Carter was
> in office and I can't imagine any reputable locksmith attempting to charge
> $140 to snug down a loose screw.
>
It was really $1 to tighten the screw, and $139 to know which screw
to tighten.

Stormin Mormon

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Mar 24, 2009, 10:11:18 AM3/24/09
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That's cliche'd, the old one about the steam locomotive, of
course. But it's true. I do that in my business, so many
times. It's something simple. I know how to fix it, but
others do not.

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