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lovinglumberjocks

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10-14-2009 10:50 PM

we are trying to switch the locks in our dorm. they work oppositely than how they are supposed to, meaning it locks from the inside. we are fixing it for safety reasons aka our suitemate is a freak.

here’s the breakdown:
we unscrewed the locks and switched them but it didn’t do anything. it is clearly the door knobs that need to be switched.
the problem with this is that they dont have screws on them, meaning we must get the door plate off of the knob. we see the hole where a tab should be to get the plate off, but despite our best efforts, the plate wont pop off.

we’re willing to try ANYTHING !!! we’re open to any suggestions. we’re not the handiest girls around but we’ve got a whole tool kit to our disposal.

THANKSSSSS (: !!!

PS if you think picture would be a help, let us know.


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Roper

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#1 posted 10-14-2009 11:06 PM

hey girls, a pic would help, but if your in a dorm just call maintainance to come up and get it fixed. it’s there job.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 10-14-2009 11:06 PM

It’s one of those things I nead to see, can you post photos. If not you might like on you tube or diy.com.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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cstrang

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#3 posted 10-14-2009 11:33 PM

If it is the same style lock that I am thinking of you need to turn the knob in order to depress the tab underneath to be able to get the knob off, however thats about as far as I can get you without being there, a pic would be good and also if you can figure out the brand of the lock, that would be good info too.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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SCOTSMAN

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#4 posted 10-14-2009 11:41 PM

A whole tool kit eh?????? wonder what that is? are we sure this is not one of the guys taking the acid test with us.LOL pommy where are you brother LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 10-15-2009 12:03 AM

I’m a facilities director at a university, and you would be in serious hot water if I caught you fooling with knobs in our dorm! Why don’t you just call your RA, or Physical Plant?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 10-15-2009 12:05 AM

Hey Charlie you don’t mind a little traveling you could be there in no time. :-))

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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lew

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#7 posted 10-15-2009 12:13 AM

Maybe you have the same problem as Betsy had. Check this link to see if it is the same thing.

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/10848#reply-111252

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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lovinglumberjocks

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#8 posted 10-15-2009 02:53 AM

No one is traveling here. We simply want help over the Internet. If it is not avaliable here, we will go elsewhere. Maintanence will not help. Apparently having a suitemate that is a freak is not justification for getting your locks changed. Thank you and have a lovely day.

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 10-15-2009 02:59 AM

The traveling thing was a Joke . Don’t any of you gals have fathers or brothers or other knowledgeable female types to help. I did suggest Diy.com or youtube

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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lovinglumberjocks

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#10 posted 10-15-2009 03:00 AM

My parents are dead.

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 10-15-2009 03:06 AM

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Roper

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#12 posted 10-15-2009 03:08 AM

this post got wierd really fast. i was a maintanence man for years and that was my job to help people with things they couldn’t do. this is beginning to sound shady to me.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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a1Jim

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#13 posted 10-15-2009 03:09 AM

I’m with you Roper

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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lovinglumberjocks

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#14 posted 10-15-2009 03:42 AM

sorry for the weirdness guys. though it was entirely hilarious, this is a totally legitimate post. the RA pretty much says we can do whatever we want as long as we can undo it at the end of the year. we didn’t even think of youtubing it so thanks for the suggestion. its not that maintenance won’t help fix things but they don’t consider this a problem. the locks are worthless for the majority of dorms. they come out to fix things that work for mostly everyone else, like they’d gladly fix the shower for instance.

anyway, we’ll try a few things and maybe post some pictures back here if we’re still stuck. it looks like the door plate on this particular door has been glued. if anyone has any new ideas, feel free to post em. actually any posts are really entertaining … we got quite a laugh out of some of those offers. heads out of the gutters, kids.

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Roper

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#15 posted 10-15-2009 03:58 AM

good luck, just remember if you brake it you bought it.have fun and trash the place like a good college kid does.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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