If your deadbolt locks on the inside with a key simply turn the key to the locked position then slip the Elastic Pocket over the key and wrap the fabric around the key in the direction required to lock your deadbolt go under the doorknob or lever handle lift up until snug and firmly press the fabric together.
When you lock a door using the doorknob lock, you can usually lock the door from the inside or the outside depending on when you think of doing it. But when you are leaving your home, a deadbolt can only be locked from the outside.
The best ways to secure a door from the inside is to use a door brace. They require no special door modification, are easy to install and easy to remove. They stop the door from being forced opened, and they also prevent the door from being opened if your locks have been unlocked (from a key, picking or lock bumping).
Pick-Proof Your Dead Bolt
To hold the deadbolt firmly in place so the door can't open, install a deadbolt protection device that slides a 'lock' over the deadbolt handle it to keep it from turning.
The best way to reinforce your frame is by adding a layer of steel to prevent them from splitting. This makes your door kick proof. Installation entails placing high-gauge steel over the door jamb and securing it with long screws. The screws should penetrate through to the wall studs on all sides of the doorway.
Deadbolts are the most secure because they need to be engaged when the door is shut. They have a unique locking device built into the bolt, that can't be forced back into the door, thus preventing unwanted entry. The deadbolts sets back into the door 1 inch vs. a Spring bolt which sets back 1/2 inch.
The reason your key is turning all the way around is because the little piece that transmits turning power from your hand to the deadbolt (actuator) has broken or become detached. The only way to fix the problem is to remove the lock/ locking mechanism from the door.
To penny lock a door you simply jam pennies between the door and the hinge from the outside, which prevents the door from opening from the inside. If done properly, the only solution is to remove the door from the hinge. While penny locking a door can work, it will only work with certain door jams.
Twist the key to fasten the metal lock pins into place. Remove the keyhole lock key. The keyhole lock remains in place and prevents unwanted visitors who may have keys to your residence from entering. Purchase a keyhole lock at your local home-supply store.
Insert the end of a screwdriver into the screw on the deadbolt. Turn the screwdriver to the right to tighten the screw. Repeat this process for the second deadbolt screw.
If the teeth have broken, the locking mechanism cannot catch, so the key just spins in place. If this is the problem with your deadbolt, you may be able to replacement disc, pop it into place, and then reassemble the lock. However, depending on the age of your deadbolt, parts may no longer be available for it.
In most cases, this turns out to be a loose set screw within the door handle or door knob. Unfortunately, most people overlook this sign and end up with a key that keeps turning in their door lock. If it is not caused by a loose set screw, then some portion of the locks internal mechanism has been dislodged.
Generally speaking, deadbolts are sturdy locks that can withstand kick in and other forced entry attempts. However, a door with a deadbolt can still be kicked down if the door itself is not solid. So, to protect your door against kick in, you want to make sure both the lock and door are of high-quality grade.
Well, deadlocks and deadbolts are the same in that they both need a key to lock. However, while a deadlock can only be unlocked in deadlock mode with a key, deadbolts can be locked and unlocked with a key and have a metal lock that extends from the door into the wall.
CR's take: The Medeco Maxum 11TR503-19 is the strongest deadbolt across all of our lock categories. It rates Excellent for drilling, withstands kick-ins very well, and is designed in a way that makes it very difficult to pick.
Door strike plates reinforce the area of the door where a door latch will sit when the door is closed. They help the latch stay put, protect the door jamb from friction, and keep the door opening and closing smoothly. Door strike plates reinforce the area of the door where a door latch will sit when the door is closed.