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How To Install A Deadbolt

lock repair perthIf you have a place in your home that doesn’t have a lock on it that you want to put a deadbolt on it for added security or to lock something up, it is important to know how to install a deadbolt. Having locks in all places that should have locks or places where you want a lock, you need to know how to properly install the lock to be the most effective. Here is how to easily install a deadbolt.

  1. Gather all of the necessary materials
  2. Fitting the deadbolt
  3. Fitting the strike plate

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Gather all the necessary materials

You’ll need to make sure you have an electric drill with a hole saw and spade bits, a combination square, a tape measure, a chisel, screwdrivers, and a pencil. The deadbolt lock set includes a template to help you with measurements.It is important to use the correct size drill bits specified in the lock set instructions however; most standard deadbolts require a 2 and an eighth inch hole saw for the lock bodies and a 1 inch spade bit to assemble the sliding bolt.

Fitting the deadbolt

To start the process to install a deadbolt, you need to start out with measuring and marking at least six inches above the center of the existing door handle. Next place the combination square on the edge of the door and draw a perpendicular line through your first mark and a few inches past it. Continue this line around the door edge and across the back of the door, finishing in the same location as the line on the front side of the door. Next wrap the paper template provided with the lock set around the edge of the door, making sure the templates centerline is aligned with the marks you made on the door.

locksmith perthThe next step is to use a nail or an awl to mark the centers of the holes for the bodies of the lock on the front and back of the door and the bolt assembly on the edge of the door. After that drill out the hole for the lock bodies using the hole saw. Drill halfway through one side, then complete the cut by drilling through the opposite side. This will give you a cleaner finish. Take care to make the drill holes as perpendicular to the face of the door as possible.Use the spade bit to drill an intersecting hole through the door edge and into the hole for the lock bodies. Again, it’s important that you make sure the hole as perpendicular to the edge of the door as possible.

Position the bolt assembly in this hole and trace around the outside of its faceplate with a pencil. Remove the assembly and chisel out a hole deep enough that the faceplate sits flush with the door edge. Begin by cutting around the outline of the faceplate and then gradually clean out the hole Tapping the chisel with a mallet or hammer will give you more control over the chisel. You’ll need to cut the hole about ¼ inch deep. Once the faceplate fits flush, drill ? inch pilot holes for the screws and then secure the bolt assembly to the door. Lastly, fit the outside lock body in place on the outside of the door and secure the inside lock body using the provided screws. The screws always go on the inside lock body so they can’t be undone from the outside.

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Fitting the strike plate

This part is just one part of the process to install a deadbolt. You start out with measuring the distance from the back of the door to the outer edge of the bolt assembly’s faceplate. Write this measurement down, you will need it to know where the strike plate is. Next, close the door and transfer the centerline marked on the door onto the door jamb. Use the square to continue this line across the face of the door jamb to the door stop.

lock repair perthIt is easy to use the door stop as a starting point, mark the measurement taken from the bolt assembly’s faceplate out toward the edge of the door jamb and along the vertical center line. This is where you will locate the center of the outer edge of the strike plate. Next, trace the outline of the strike plate onto the door jam. Remove it, and then drill a 1 inch hole into the door jam that is big enough for the sliding bolt.You’ll need to make the hole about 1 inch deep. Chisel out a hole deep enough that the strike plate sits flush with the face of the door jam. Secure the striker plate with screws and test the deadbolt for smooth operation.

When you have a deadbolt you want to install, it is important to know how to install a deadbolt. With following the above directions, you’ll be able to make sure your deadbolt is installed correctly and is securely placed.


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