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How to DIY Your Door Lock

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How to DIY Your Door Lock – It is not as difficult as you think to change your door locks by yourself. Here is a step by step guide on how you can do it in no time!


Before you attempt to DIY your door lock , it is important to first prepare. Make sure that you have extra tools on hand in case you need them during the installation. Additionally, double check all measurements before you purchase the new door lock, so that it fits perfectly in your door frame . Once these preparation steps have been completed, you can begin the installation process.

Gather the necessary tools

Installing a door lock is not an overly complicated process, but it does require you to use a variety of tools. Before beginning your project, make sure to gather the necessary items, including a pair of pliers, a drill with various bits (including a hole saw bit), a jigsaw with a metal cutting blade, a hacksaw, a center punch, a paintbrush or small roller for applying lubricant, and lubricant such as WD40 or Graphite. By having all these tools on hand before starting the installation, you can avoid having to pause and look for them in the middle of the job. Additionally, familiarizing yourself with what is recommended ahead of time will help you Choose a screwdriver and any other items needed for the specific type of lock you are installing, saving both time and effort.

Choose the right lock

It is important that you choose the right kind of lock for your door. If the door is wooden and indoors, a mortise lock is probably your best bet. This type of lock requires a two-part system with a deadbolt and latch to secure the door in place. If you are looking to secure an exterior or steel door, an cylinder mortise deadlock has both a latch and deadbolt to ensure maximum security. Another option is a rim latch, commonly called “rim locks,” which are designed for furniture doors and other lightweight doors.

When selecting the right lock for you, consider not only security but also convenience – choose one that fits with your lifestyle. Think about if you want one that can fit multiple keys or if you want one equipped with an electronic code entry system. When shopping for locks make sure to read product ratings and reviews from customers or experts to make sure it will work with the specific type of door you have in mind before making the final decision. Finally pick a lock that is within your budget but also meets your needs in terms of quality and durability too!

Removing the Existing Lock

Removing the existing lock

DIYing your door lock can be an important part. To begin, make sure that the area around the lock is clear and then use a screwdriver to unscrew the existing lock. Once it is removed, take it apart and inspect the pieces to ensure they are in good condition before you Put the lock back in. Let’s dive in to how you can do this.

Remove the screws on the door

To Prepare the Lock, the first step is to remove the existing one. Unscrew any screws or bolts on the back of the door with a Phillips head screwdriver and set them aside. Once all screws are removed, the existing lock should be loose enough to pull off.

Next, measure and mark the location for drilling new holes for your new lock. Place it in front of the old one and mark where it needs to go with a pencil or marker. Then take a drill and carefully add two small holes at the marked spots, being careful not to drill too deep.

Once you’ve drilled pilot holes in each spot, insert screws along with wall anchors if needed, depending on your door/wall material (wood/metal/plaster). Use a strong grip drill bit for maximum durability when mounting a heavier-duty lockset back into place. Utilize appropriate tools such as an Allen wrench or flat-head screwdriver, depending on what type of hardware comes with your chosen locking product and follow all provided instructions from that manufacturer in order to install securely and properly onto your door jamb. Adjust the tension of all screws accordingly for optimal performance.

Take out the lock

Removing the existing lock from your door will take several steps. The procedure is generally similar regardless of the type of lock that you currently have installed. Before you begin, check to make sure that the door is unlocked and all bolts are retracted.

1. Start by removing any visible screws that hold the lock in place on either side of the door. Use a screwdriver to loosen and remove each screw until all fasteners are taken out.
2. Take a look inside the interior side of your door and locate any mounting screws that were hidden by the strike plate or thumb-turn handle trim plate (on deadbolts). Remove these screws as well, using a screwdriver or Allen wrench (if applicable).
3. Once all mounting screws have been taken out, carefully pull off both sides of your existing lock. Get rid of any metal clips or plates left in their place – discard them properly, taking caution not to damage your door frames in the process.
4. Now it’s time to completely remove the item itself – this should reveal holes bored into wood around its body for mounting screws. Pull off any extra pieces such as knobs, escutcheons and latch assemblies with care so you can re-use them later if desired on a new model of lock installed in their place next time around!

Remove the latch

Removing the existing lock requires a few tools and some basic handiwork.

Begin by locating the two screws that hold the latch’s strike plate to the door frame. Using a Phillips-head screwdriver, remove both screws and lift away the faceplate of your lock.

Next, insert a flat-head screwdriver into the hole on the edge of your door and twist it counterclockwise to pop out the latch assembly. With both hands, grip firmly near each end of the latch assembly, then gently pull it out till you can see its backside. Slide it away from your door frame entirely, making sure to keep any remaining pins or components connected to it in tact as they may be reused with your new lock.

Installing the New Lock

Installing a new door lock can be a great way to increase security in your home or business. DIYing the process can be challenging, but with the right tools and a bit of patience, anyone can do it. This section will focus on the steps you will need to take to successfully install a new door lock. So let’s get started.

Install the latch

To install the latch, first drill a hole that is slightly larger than the latch through the door. Then carefully push the tip of the latch through the hole from inside to outside. Secure it in place with a few screws. Make sure to line up the screw holes before inserting any screws – if you don’t, you could end up with an uneven or misaligned finish when you are finished. Tighten any screws securely, then test your lock before moving on to installing any other hardware.

Once your latch is installed and properly secured, it should perform as intended whenever you use your lock. Your next step will be to install the strike plate and associated hardware, including any spacers or shims that may be needed for proper alignment and operation. Take your time to make sure everything is secure and smooth before finishing up your installation process.

Install the new lock

Installing the new key lock is an easy and straightforward process that can be completed with a few basic hand tools. To begin, line up the latch of the new lock into the hole in the door jamb, then insert a screwdriver through the hole in each plate and secure them with a screw. Next, turn over the cylinder into position so that it aligns with other components and attach it to one side. Finally, install all remaining screws to securely attach your new lock to the door and door jamb.

Once your lock is successfully installed it’s important to take time to check your work and make sure that all screws are securely tightened and all components are properly aligned. You should also try out your new key before you move on – it’s essential that you’re confident your lock will perform as expected once fully installed. When complete you should be able to easily unlock and lock your door using your new key before continuing onto any further installation projects.

Secure the screws

After the lock has been inserted into the door, you’ll need to take care of the screws that secure it in place. Depending on your model, you may have to adjust the length of your screws so that they are long enough to fit properly and securely. Make sure that you use an appropriate screwdriver for the size and type of screws used in your lock, as well as Lock Bumpers if necessary. Additionally, if your door is made from wood or another solid material, ensure that you use wood or masonry screws rather than metal ones, as metal ones may damage the surface of the door. Once all screws are securely tightened, test out your new lock to make sure everything fits properly, including turning and unlocking it with a key or code multiple times if necessary.

Finishing Up

After all the installation of the door lock is done and you have followed all instructions, you are now ready to test the lock to make sure everything is working properly. This is a critical step that should not be skipped because it ensures the security of your home. It is also important to double-check the placement of the latch and make sure it is on the correct side of the door. Now let’s go through what you need to do next.

Test the new lock

Now that you have installed and configured your new door lock, it’s time to test it out! Begin by entering the code you selected. The buttons should beep for each entry, and when all digits of the code are entered correctly, the latch should retract. If the code does not work or if you experience any other issues, refer to your instruction manual for troubleshooting advice.

Next, test that the locking function is properly operating. To do this, turn the knob or lever from within the house and make sure that it cannot be turned from outside with a tool such as a flathead screwdriver. If you cannot turn it with a tool, then you can confirm that it is latching properly. Finally, lock and unlock your door several times using your key to ensure secure entry into your home.

The last step is optional: You may wish to program temporary codes for guests or service members who visit periodically. Refer to your user manual for instructions on how to program temporary codes into your lock’s memory system and ensure they are securely stored in case they need accessing again in future visits.

Test the door handle

Once you have installed the door handle and lock, it’s time to check your work. To do this, close the door and try operating the door handle from both sides. Make sure that the latch is engaging completely when you turn the handle – if not, it’ll need tightening up or replacing with a longer model. If you’ve got a spring-loaded latch, use a screwdriver to open it from the outside and make sure that it has enough pressure to shut securely without being too hard to use. You may want to test a few times with different amounts of pressure on different angles until you’ve found an acceptable level of resistance.

Replace the strike plate

Once the lock has been fitted and the screws have been tightened, the next step is to replace the strike plate on your doorjamb. The strike plate is a metal bracket that is installed on the door jamb, and it receives and secures the latch of the lock when you close your door.

To install a new strike plate, begin by drilling out any old mounting holes with a drill bit slightly smaller than that of the screws you will use to attach it. Once all existing mounting holes have been destroyed, position and trace around deadbolt or latch onto both sides of the jamb with a pencil. Next, drill two pilot holes for each screw in each frame part. After that, put in each screw slowly and be mindful not to over tighten them since this will greatly shorten their life expectancy. Finally, test out your newly replaced strike plate by locking and unlocking your door several times to make sure everything works correctly before reinstalling any trim pieces.

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