Thanks! Agreed, the surgery required to get into the lock without it exploding all over the place along with the fussiness of the parts alignment made just getting to the pawl a real challenge. As it turns out the locksmith who installed did not set the travel stops for the lever handle properly, thus transmitting all the force of abuse onto the tooth of the pawl.
The lock was one of the first fingerprint ones and cost a small fortune along with making a huge hole in the door. It was either fix it or replace both the door and the lock. Probably looking at half the cost of the Nomad by the time it was all done, so can one could say the Nomad is half way paid off, right?!?