Security screen door with keyless (thumbturn) lock

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Home and Garden May 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Security screen door with keyless (thumbturn) lock

I’m trying to find an exterior metal screen security door lock that can be opened from inside without a key.  (To meet DCRA rental regs.)   I don’t even mind replacing the entire 2 doors if I have to, but would prefer just the locks.  18 pages of Googling has not helped.  Any recommendations? 

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I had the same issue recently, our screen is very old and no lock available at home depot seemed to fit. I ended up calling a locksmith who brought the right one and replaced it for about $80.

What was the “right one?”  Who was the magical locksmith?  I’m looking for actual details – make – model – etc. As I said, I went through 18 pages of Google – also all local locksmiths. 

Not sure if this helps, but we replaced our security gate for one of the glass securtiy doors sold at Lowes.  It only requires a regular turn of a knob from the inside.  No “special knowledge” or key is needed from the inside.  We have had it for about 2 years and still very happy.  
It’s one of these:

Few years ago I did a lot of research into this. Basically the end result was that I would have to have a welder come and add a metal screen to my existing metal gate, then install a thumb lock.
The reason for the metal screen was obviously to stop anyone from reaching in and turning the lock.
If you have a metal gate right up against your door a welder will come in and install a push bar opener – like you see on some commercial places. I’ve never seen it done but the welder I spoke with said that was what he would normally recommend.
Unfortunately for us, we have a small (5’x5′) space between our gate and the doors. That means no push bar option for us. The screen/thumb latch was the only way.
Still haven’t done it (shitty welder never came back to do the work, plus tried to charge me $500) but that is what I think the ultimate solution ends up being.
Good luck!

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