How To Install Locksets And Dead Bolts Like A Pro

There are a few tried-and-true methods for doing it yourself that have been passed down over the generations. Knowing the best tool for the job is one of the secrets. Knowing how to do it is also a mystery. All of a sudden, you’re taking on projects that you used to delegate to others. For example, you’ll need the following to instal a lockset and a deadbolt: masking tape, a hammer, a tape measure, a flat-head screwdriver, a 1-inch spade bit, all-screw pilot drill bits, a power drill, and a 2 1/8-inch hole screw.Get more informations about Arlington Locksmith Association

It’s time to get to work after you’ve acquired the required resources. The installation should take about an hour to complete. If you follow this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll be able to mount locksets and dead bolts like a pro in no time.

Step 1: Position the template in the desired location. Dead bolts are 6 to 12 inches above most doorknobs, which are 34 to 38 inches long. Decide on a preferred height for yourself. Tape the producer’s prototype in place with the lockset centerline at the appropriate height when drilling new holes. Using the corresponding template marks to determine the backset (the distance between the door edge and the centerline). Many locksets can handle both 2 3/8 and 2 3/4 inch backsets. Then drill a 1/8-inch pilot hole through the door edge and a 2-inch-deep pilot hole through the door to the middle of the 2 1/8-inch hole saw, using the prototype. Drill a 2-inch deep hole for the strike or bolt at the door’s edge using the template.

Drill the door face and mark the jamb in Step 2: Drill halfway through the door from either side with the hole saw, using a drill with a bubble level or a torpedo level taped on top to avoid blowout sintering. Close the door and drive a nail from the inside of the 2 1/8 inch hole through the strike pilot hole and into the jamb to mark the doorjamb for the strike plate.

Drill a 5/8-inch-deep hole for the strike or a 1-inch spade bit for the jamb and door edge, using the nail mark as an indicator. Using the pilot hole to direct a 1-inch spade into the wide hole where the cylinder would rest in the door edge.

Step 4: Chisel The Jamb And Door Edge: With a utility knife, score the outline of the latchet assembly up to the door edge. Replace the strike plate on the doorjamb in the same way. Then, using a chisel, rate the wood to be removed at 1/4-inch intervals, removing enough wood so that the strike box and strike plate are flush with the door edge and doorjamb.