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How to Remove the Drive Pins on a Double Cylinder Deadbolt

Schlage Support Team
posted this on August 23, 2011 12:20 PM

The double cylinder deadbolts are keyed on both sides.  On the interior side of the home there are drive pins (sometimes called screw covers) covering up the screws.  Recommended method:  Indent the center of each drive pin with a nail punch.  Then use a carbon tip drill bit (about the size of a pencil lead) and ONLY go down 1/8". The drive pin will disintegrate. The drive pins will need to be replaced as they are no longer usable.



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Bill Watson

This seems to be a terrible design as they can be nearly impossible to remove. Why weren't these made of a plastic material? Maddening!

September 01, 2012 05:34 PM
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Barry Putt

A simple task of removing a double keyed deadbolt is made difficult with these screw covers.  I have been looking for a solution via on-line chat and have not been able to get connected.  I found a solution in the website which is very involved using a dril, etc.  This is a flaw in design and should be rectified to make this task easier for homeowner installations.  It is maddening and has made me irratated!

April 01, 2013 12:14 PM
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Kirman Taylor

Like Barry, I spent a lot of time looking for a solution to this problem.   Tweezers, what size?  Drill out and destroy the drive pin?  How do you take it out if you've destroyed it?  These locks are obviously designed to never be removed.  Theyare illegal in many places on entry doors because they create a lethal hazard in the event of a fire.  If the key is not easily available, or because of smoke and panic, findable, one could be trapped.

June 20, 2013 11:20 AM
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