How to Remove a Schlage Deadbolt That Has No Visible Screw Heads

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Things You'll Need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

  • Flat-blade screwdriver

  • Sturdy paper clip

  • Bucket

Many brands of deadbolt locks have decorative coverings that hide the mounting screws. The result is a beautiful, uniform finish that adds beauty to the room. If you ever decide to remove the door hardware to re-key or replace the locks, you will need to find those mounting screws in order to disassemble the deadbolt. Schlage deadbolts are easy to remove and can be taken apart with simple tools that you probably have in your toolbox.

Step 1

Approach the door that has the deadbolt you wish to remove from the inside, or the side with the thumb-turn latch. Look at the small shaft that connects the latch to the chassis. Identify a small hole in the shaft.

Step 2

Take a sturdy paper clip and unfold one it so that you can insert the end of the paper clip into the small hole. Press into the hole while pulling gently on the thumb-turn latch to remove the latch.

Step 3

Take your flat-blade screwdriver and insert it between the cover plate and the inside chassis. Look around the edge of the cover plate for a small space to insert the screwdriver. Gently pry the plate off. The mounting screws will be exposed.

Step 4

Use your Phillips-head screwdriver to remove the two mounting screws. Pull the two halves of the deadbolt apart to separate them from the door.

Step 5

Position yourself so you can access the side edge of the door. Identify the two screws that hold the latch mechanism in the door. Remove the screws with your screwdriver and slide the latch from the edge of the door.

Step 6

Place all parts of the deadbolt and all screws into a container so that you can keep track of everything.


You can take your deadbolt to any home-improvement store to re-key it, if desired.