Locksmithing/Kwikset Deadbolt


I have a Kwikset deadbolt - it is about 10 years old.  The deadbolt on my door is loose, well, it's actually the plate that is loose, both inside and outside.  I thought I'd just tighten it up, but it is more difficult than I anticipated.  I have taken off the thumb turn, but cannot seem to get the inside plate off.  There are no screws.  There is a little (maybe 1/4") piece of metal on the bottom edge of the plate, but there is no space for it to slide either direction as there is on the bathroom door plate.  I don't want to break or damage anything by using a screwdriver to force it to pop off - is there a better way?


I'm not certain which Kwikset deadbolt you have but it's likely you have the heavier duty model.  Those have an extra plate.

Remove the thumbturn by loosening the set screw under the thumbturn.
Remove the 2 screws that hold the trim plate.
Remove the 2 larger screws with a regular screwdriver.
Remove the plate.
The outside will come out now.

If this doesn't work, take a photo and add it to your reply.



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