The Basic Steps on How to Install a Deadbolt Lock


There are several ways in which an owner of a house can improve the security of their home. However, one of the easiest and least expensive way of doing it is by installing a locking system on your door. Several types of lock to choose from are lever handle locks, cam locks, rim/mortise locks, euro profile cylinders, wall mounted locks, padlocks, knob locks, lever and deadbolts locks, the last four being the most commonly used. And in this article, we will show you the basic steps on how to install a deadbolt as well as some benefits it may have over the other locks. The two types commonly used are the single cylinder and double cylinder deadbolt.  A single cylinder deadbolt requires a key to be open from one side and is operated by a twist knob on the other side.

While a double cylinder deadbolt requires a key to be operated on both sides.  A single cylinder is usually much easier to operate on the side where the twist knob is located, as it no longer needs a key.  But in some instances, a double cylinder can provide a higher level of protection, as it can prevent unwanted entry through forced access by simply operating the twist knob, as when there is a window near the deadbolt. Learn how to install deadbolt with these steps in

To simply put it, a deadbolt lock can provide a much higher level of protection as it can only be operated by the use of key and thereby reducing the odds of unwanted person from forcing their way into your home.

Door lock is easily accessible as it can be purchased from your nearest hardware store. But the cost for installing is usually not included in its purchase price.  You can save an additional amount of money by simply doing the job yourself. There are several ways out there that you can look up that will guide you on how to install a deadbolt lock.

With a simple click of a button, you can have access to different types of tutorial that will guide you on how to install a Deadbolt lock.  You can even found one included in your newly purchased lock set. But in any instances, this guide will show you the basic steps you will need to know on how to install a deadbolt lock, be it a single or double cylinder deadbolt lock. The first thing you need to do is to determine the height where you want your deadbolt to be installed.

Then, with a marker or pencil, mark the center of the deadbolt with the use of the template provided by the manufacturer, as well as the hole on the side of the door for the latch also using the latch plate provided.

The distance from the edge of the door usually varies depending on the brand or type of manufacturer. Thereafter, cut a hole for the deadbolt lock and the side of the door for the latch. Place the template and trace around the edge.

Do the same for the latch by using the latch plate. After doing both, you will now need to remove any excess or carve deep enough for the plate to sit flush with the door, using a chisel or any similar tool. After completing the holes, you can now insert the latch through the hole and then attach the latch plate using the screws provided.  Next is to install the deadbolt through the hole and attach them both.

The last step is now to install the strike plate by creating a hole for the latch at the opposite side of the door. You can easily do this by extending the deadbolt and making a mark at the center of the doorjamb. Using its template, mark the center and trace the edge.

Carve out a recess then install the strike plate using the screws provided. You have now finished installing your deadlock bolt as well as save some extra money by installing it yourself.


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