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Old 09-29-2020, 04:01 PM   #1
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Locked Out Of My 76 Argosy

I’m locked out of my 76 Argosy. Pulled the lock tumbler, but the bolt won’t move when I pull the handle. Thinking the engagement lever broke off inside. I can’t figure out a way to get the bolt to slide back manually from the lock tumbler hole. I guess next step is pry the handle set off the door, but that’s going to cause some damage!
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Old 09-29-2020, 04:30 PM   #2
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Make sure the vertical shaft that locks the bolt is in the unlocked position.
Don't pry the assembly off of the door.
Not only will you damage the door severely. A replacement lock assembly is more than $800 and that is when you can find one.
Let me see if I can give you a better approach.
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Thanks. I can see the vertical shaft and can move it up and down with a small screwdriver. I assume the "up" position is unlocked given the bolt is at the bottom of the lockset. Is that a correct assumption?
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Old 09-30-2020, 11:18 AM   #4
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I sent you an email.
I may not have internet for a couple of days. It doesn't mean I am ignoring you.
I will also work on a way to open one of the windows. Pushing a screen out is much easier and cheaper to replace than this lock assembly.
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Just to follow up on this string for anyone who encounters a similar problem:

1. I pulled the lock tumbler out by drilling a deck screw straight into it. Then used a large sponge and a hunting rifle mount I happened to have in the back of my pickup as a fulcrum against the door below the lockset. Used a pry-bar and easily popped the lock tumbler out. No damage to the door or lockset.

2. I used a small flat-head screwdriver and lifted up the brass vertical shaft that locks the bolt into the unlocked position. "Up" is unlocked.

3. I used a claw-end screwdriver and gently inserted it underneath the bottom right corner of the KT lockset housing. I lifted up the corner, which broke off at an old crackline which I had noticed years ago and painted over. This created a very small access hole right over the bolt.

4. I inserted the claw-end screwdriver and was able to easily pull the bolt back, then pull the door open. The bolt is spring-loaded, of course, so I had to hold it in the open position while pulling the door open.

5. The inside door lever was functional, so I pulled the lever up and taped it to the interior of the door to keep the bolt from snapping back into place.

I will now need to remove the KT lockset and fix the problem, which I anticipate being a snapped lever on the inside of the flap handle which pulls the bolt back.

Thanks, TG Twinkie, for your advice and for reaching out to me via email. I appreciate it, and I look forward to staying in touch.
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