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I live in an older building. My front door has a deadbolt, but additional of the face of the door near the latch there is a button or switch that makes it so the doorknob locks behind me when I close the door. The first time I used it I didn't realize this was the case and panicked because I thought I was locked out. I called a locksmith and he laughed and said that the knob basically has two different modes. He showed me how to unlock it and I though he just turned the key all the way to the left and held it and pushed open but that doesn't seem to be working for me. Is there another step I missed? Can't find any info on this online! I have attached a picture that looks similar to my lock.



Most of those you have to manually press the other button to unlock the door. Open the door and press it to unlock the outside.

This is an older mortise lock and no exact replacements are available.

I'd suggest you contact your landlord, property manager or other to see if you can replace the door so you can use a standard lock.



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