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I have a Schlage deadbolt I can't get off the door. There is no plate on the interior of the door. It is just solid wood. The exterior has the deadbolt attached and there are no visible screws or holes or anything that looks like a way to get it off. We have tried putting the key in and unscrewing the cylinder to no avail. We have tried turning the whole deadbolt to see if it would unscrew with no luck. We are lost as how to remove it. I have never seen a deadbolt that only has hardware on one side of the door. Most have a backing plate or something on the interior side of the door but this one does not.

Hello Rocky,

The face plate around the key hole should come off, the one that says Schlage.  Using a piece of duct tape, press it onto the plate then pull.  Under that should be the mounting screws.  Try prying on the plate if the tape doesn't work.

Ask a followup question and attach a photo of both the door edge and outside if the above doesn't work.



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