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How to Install a Door Lock Without Drilling

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If you’re looking to install a new door lock but don’t want to drill into your door, follow these simple steps and you’ll be able to do it in no time!

Tools Required

Installing a door lock can be intimidating and time consuming, but it doesn’t have to be. With the right tools, you can install a door lock without drilling. Some of the essential tools that you’ll need for this project include a drill driver, a screwdriver, a drill bit, a level, and a pair of pliers. Keep in mind that depending on the type of lock you are installing, you may also need other tools, so always check the instructions that come with it.


Drilling is the primary tool for installing a door lock. A good quality drill will help ensure a successful installation. To begin, you’ll need a power drill and the appropriate sized bit for the job. You should also have a few other items on hand such as a tape measure, scissors, level, clamps, felt strip, chisel, and drywall screws.

Before drilling any holes it’s important to measure accurately and double-check your measurements with a level. The hole size will depend on the type of lock you are installing. Take care to select the right bit size so that it is large enough to accommodate the components without being too big or small.

Once you have ready your supplies and marked where you’ll be drilling holes in the door jamb and door itself, use some clamps to secure both surfaces in place. Then place your drill straight onto the surface at 90 degrees (or as close an angle as possible), making sure that it is well secured with both hands before flipping on the power switch. Start out slowly with light pressure until you have pierced through all layers of material – usually plywood or solid wood – then increase pressure ever so slightly as you go further into each surface until both holes are drilled fully through. Place felt strips over any exposed surfaces of your new lock install to provide some cushioning against wear-and-tear over time


Using a screwdriver is an important step when it comes to properly installing a door lock without having to drill through the door. Depending on the type of lock you are installing, you may need Phillips head or flathead screwdrivers. It is important to have the right size screwdriver for the job, which can be found at most hardware stores.

Once you have identified the door lock and accessories that are needed for your particular job, use your screwdriver to mount the lock on the door where specified by the instruction manual. This can include securing screws in pre-drilled holes or adjusting screws to tighten or loosen certain components of the lock itself such as a latch bolt striker plate. Additionally, if you need to remove any existing hardware from a previous installation, also use your screwdriver accordingly in order to avoid damaging any parts during removal.


Before you begin to install a door lock, you will need to gather the appropriate tools. A level is one of the most important tools when it comes to do-it-yourself door install projects. You must be sure that all of your hardware is level before installing or else you could end up with a crooked and unsteady lock that doesn’t make for a secure fit. At minimum, you should have a 24″ level, but having a shorter one can also be quite useful in certain cases. If any of your walls are flat or slanted, consider using small pieces of wood shims or cardboard wedges to level out the hardware first. Once everything is perfectly straight and secure, begin drilling in the screws and continue until you have completed the installation process successfully.

Tape Measure

Tape measures are an indispensable building tool. Accurately measuring door widths, heights and depths is essential to successful door lock installation. You will also need a tape measure to determine the size of any screws you need as well as the hole or hinge measurements. Many tape measures have notches for vertical and horizontal measurements, providing greater accuracy for your project. It’s important that you use a quality tape measure when laying out your project. Poor quality tools will lead to inaccuracies in your measurements and mistakes on the job site.

Steps to Install a Door Lock

Installing a door lock without drilling holes in the doorframe can be a tricky task, but is possible with the right tools and techniques. This guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to install a door lock without drilling. With the proper know-how, you can easily and quickly secure your door without compromising the aesthetics of your home. Let’s get started!

Measure the door

If you’re installing a door lock, the first step is to take accurate measurements. Measure straight across the door, starting at the bottom and running up to the doorknob on either side. This will show you how thick the door is and what type of lockset you need. You’ll also want to measure from the top of the door down to where you want your lockset installed, as this will determine how easy it is for someone to reach it. Additionally, measure the distance between your doorknob and deadbolt from one side of the door to another. Once you have these measurements figured out, you can select a lockset that’s compatible with your frame.

Determine the type of lock you need

When selecting the right door lock for your needs, there are several factors to consider, including security type, finish, and cost. Before purchasing the lock and beginning installation, be sure it meets any applicable building codes or regulations. Start by determining the security type you need; a Grade 1 lock is suitable for commercial settings while Grade 2 or 3 locks are adequate for residential use. Finish is important to consider as it can affect the overall appearance of your installation. If you are looking for more than just basic functionality, you can also find locks that have a variety of features such as keyless entry and fingerprint scanning. Additionally, when selecting a door lock system make sure that any required accessories such as deadbolts and strike plates are compatible with the selected lock system before proceeding with installation.

Choose the right door lock

It is important to choose the right door lock before getting started. The two most common types of door locks are knob locks, which are installed on the inside or exterior doorknob, and deadbolt locks, which are typically larger and more secure than knob locks. Consider your level of security needs when choosing a lock, as there are several factors that can affect the strength and reliability of your door lock, such as whether the strike plate has multiple screws placed into a wall stud.

When selecting a door lock, pay attention to its size and shape; select a style that is compatible with the opening and existing fixtures. Also consider paying attention to certifications such as ANSI/BHMA grades 1-3; these indicate the durability and quality of the lock. Finally, make sure you have all necessary tools on hand before beginning installation; this includes items like a drill-driver kit, screwdrivers, locking pliers, chisel or saw, drill bits and fasteners.

Install the door lock

Installing a door lock can secure any home and give you peace of mind against unwanted intruders. It can seem daunting, but it is actually quite simple. This guide will take you through the steps needed to install a door lock without drilling.

Before you begin, ensure that you have all of the necessary materials with you – this typically includes a lockset, screws, Philips screwdriver, and masking tape (or painter’s tape). You should also make sure that the door is ready for installation by ensuring its frame and edges are in good condition.

Once everything is ready, start by unscrewing the set screws that hold the lockset in place on either side of the door. Insert an appropriate wrench into the hole at each side and turn in an anticlockwise rotation to remove both screws. Once done, position two pieces of tape one on either edge of where your new lockset will be installed – this helps mark exactly where it needs to be placed while still allowing it to move around slightly during installation if need be.

Next, position your lockset into place then use a screwdriver to secure the set screws back into their original holes at each side; use enough strength but not so much as to strip them out completely! After this has been done correctly, re-tighten all screws one final time so that they are snug and don’t move around – this ensures your lock doesn’t become loose over time and maintains its security features at all times.

Your new door lock should now be securely fitted – congratulations! You can now turn to locking/unlocking your home using two keys provided or if there is an interior deadbolt or bolt included with your lock then make sure those are also properly secured onto their respective sides. Make sure afterwards that no tools are left near or around the lock area – enjoy your improved security!

Drilling Holes

Installing a door lock without drilling holes can be a tricky task, but it’s certainly possible. In this section, we’ll go over the different drilling options and the pros and cons of each. There are several tools you can use to avoid drilling – such as adhesive tapes, double sided screws, dowels and special foam blocks. We’ll discuss each of these methods in more detail.

Mark the holes

Once you have determined how you want to install the door lock, such as centered in the middle of the door or more towards one corner, make a mark for each hole. If your chosen fasteners require pilot holes, you can use a center punch to lightly tap a dimple into the marked area. This will help ensure accuracy while drilling your holes. For accuracy and safety it is best to use self-centering bit or jig drill attachment. These attachments help ensure that each hole gets drilled with precision and at 90 angle from the door face. Drill desired holes with applicable drill bit size from inside of your door based on manufacturer-recommended size for provided screws and bolts that came with new lockset installation kit.

Drill the holes

Before drilling the holes, you need to make sure that all components required to install the door lock are laid out and ready for use. Place the door lock face-down on a flat, sturdy surface. Using a pencil, mark where to place the screws in case adjustments are necessary.

The size of your drill bit will be determined by the type of hardware included in your door lock kit. Once you have selected the appropriate drill bit for your project, attach it to a power drill. Be sure to wear safety goggles when using power tools to avoid injuries from flying debris or sparks during drilling operations.

Securely hold the lock in place with one hand and use your other hand to slowly guide the power drill through each marked location. If needed, adjust accordingly until locks fit snugly against either side of the door before completely drilling through each point.

Install the screws

Before installing the screws, make sure to measure the plates so that they fit the door size and thickness. Adjust the plates to accommodate a door of a specific size by turning them clockwise or counterclockwise. Place one of the mounting plates on each side of the door, making sure they are properly aligned with each other. Secure the mounting plate using screws on either side of the door. Make sure to use long enough screws so that they go completely through both sides of the door. For best security and stability, use 3″ (7 cm) or longer screws for steel doors, and 2″ (5 cm) for wooden doors.

For extra security, you can add a heavy-duty strike plate in addition to or instead of wood or plaster anchors. The strike plate is typically placed over hinges and latch bolt holes on the edge of a doorjamb which help strengthen it against force. Be mindful when drilling as it can Cut the Key and cause damage to your home structure if not done carefully.

Finishing Touches

Now that you have installed the door knob and latch without drilling, it is time to finish the job with the right locks. There are many different types of door locks to choose from, depending on your security needs. Most door locks can be installed without drilling, but there are some considerations to take into account, such as the type of door, the type of material and the hardware that is available. Whether you choose a deadbolt, a doorknob with keyed entry, or a keyless entry system, we’ll explain the steps you need to follow to install the right door lock without drilling.

Test the lock

To ensure the door lock will work properly, begin by testing the mechanism. Start by unlocking the door as if you were opening it with a key or by turning the exposed knob. You may also need to use a screwdriver to adjust the latch to ensure that it smoothly retracts from the strike plate when operating correctly. If any problems are found, consult your installation manual before proceeding. Once all components are working properly, you can move on to drilling and mounting your lock.

Secure the screws

Once the latch is in place, securely affix the screws. Start by inserting one of the screws into the slot inside of the door lock body and thread it in by hand before tightening with a screwdriver. This will ensure that you establish a strong anchor before attaching the latch to the jamb.

If necessary, use a drill to drive any additional included screws or bolts in order to further secure the deadbolt. When using additional screws, be sure to properly control their depth and angle so that they do not interfere with either end of your door’s operation. Use an allen wrench or other specialized adapter for fastening these bolts if necessary.

Finally, tighten and adjust any loose screws on other components as needed – these may be found on decorative plate covers, connecting pieces, or around door handles or knobs in addition to other places on your deadbolt assembly. Take care not to over-tighten them as this could come at the expense of usability since each knob has its own unique weight requirements. With all attachments tightened and strain relieved from locking mechanisms, check that you can easily turn each handle smoothly yet securely before finally seating them both into their respective resting positions.

Clean up the area

Before moving on to installing and testing the hardware, take the opportunity to clean up the area and make sure that everything looks neat. Start by vacuuming and clearing away any dust or debris that may have been created during installation, then wipe down all the surfaces with a warm cloth. Make sure you don’t skip any hard-to-reach spots around lockset or knob as this could create a draft and potentially weaken the security of your door. Once you’ve cleared away any leftover messes, check for nail heads that may have been left out of sight but within reach. Putty them in and smooth them out, then repaint if necessary so everything looks tidy when finished. Finally, check over your work one last time to ensure it meets safety standards-look for loose screws or gaps between components that could undermine reliability in the long run. When you’re confident everything is up to par, your door lock is ready to go!

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