Opening lock and changing lock body, as the latch was found to be faulty. The mechanism operating the lock and latch had jammed, and could not be repaired either. So, we advised the owner to change the entire lock body instead. By the way, this is what a typical lock body looks like.
To unlock the door, the handle was first removed as seen in panel 1, and a hole drilled through the lock body to free the stuck mechanism. Panel 2 shows both the new and the faulty lock bodies. Next, the faulty lock body was removed and replaced with a new one, as seen in panels 3 and 4. Finally, the original handles were fixed back, as you can observe in panels 5 and 6.
For this reason alone, we strongly urge all customers to check their door handle latches frequently. An optimally working door handle latch should fully retract when the handle is depressed. Latches that are on the verge of spoiling usually retract halfway through, or not at all.
If this is currently happening to you, we encourage you to seek advice from us, or any reputable locksmith. This case shows the dire consequences that can result from a damaged door handle latch!
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