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QUESTION: I can easily turn the knob and open my front door from inside the house. However, from outside, I have to press down on the lever and practically throw all my weight against the door to get it to open. Any idea why it is so difficult to open from the outside?

ANSWER: Hello Sue,

I need more information before I can answer.

What brand and/or model of lock is it?
What type of lock is it if you don't know the brand/model?
Is the door rubbing against the frame?
How old is the lock?

Do you have a photo you could attach?


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QUESTION: It is a Kwikset Handleset with a lever on the outside and turn knob on the inside. The door is not rubbing against the frame and opens easily when I use the knob on the inside to open it; the problem occurs when I try to open it using the lever on the door exterior. The lock is about 9 years old.

Hello Sue,

It sounds like you have a handleset like one of these:

It's most likely that the connection between the thumbpiece (lever) and the latch is broken and those are generally not something that can be fixed.  A replacement would be needed.

Remove the handleset from the door and take it to a locksmith shop to see if they can repair it but in my experience the thumbpiece part is broken on the inside.



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