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How to Remove an Entry Door Lock

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If you’re looking to remove an entry door lock, there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process step-by-step so that you can remove your entry door lock with ease.


Removing an entry door lock correctly is a job best left to a professional. However, if you are determined to do the work yourself, it is important to ensure that you are properly prepared. This means having the right tools, wearing the correct safety gear, and understanding the process and steps involved in unlocking the door. Let’s explore the first step of preparation.

Gather the necessary tools

Before you can start the job, it’s important to have all of the tools you need on-hand. This process requires more than a screwdriver and your hands; you may need additional power tools, essential oils or lubricant depending on how old your lock is.

Gather the following items:
-Phillips head screwdriver
-Flathead screwdriver
-Pliers or adjustable wrench
-Utility knife (if adhesive is used on exterior trim)
-Cordless drill and drill bits (if there are screws securing the door)
-Heavy duty impact driver (for stubborn screws)
-Graphite powder or similar lubricant to prevent sticking

Familiarize yourself with the lock type

Before you begin the process of removing an entry door lock, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the type of lock you will be handling. The two most widely used types of locks for residential doors are knob lock sets, and he deadbolt locks.

Knob lock sets typically have two knobs, one on either side of the door. They may also be referred to as a single cylinder, double cylinder or mortise locksets. These types of locks have different methods for locking and unlocking them depending on the design.

Deadbolt locks usually have one knob or lever handle located in the middle of the door’s exterior side. Deadbolts may come in different designs including single cylinder (most common), keyless and double cylinder. A deadbolt will require a key to unlock it from either side but some models may allow users to unlock it using a thumbturn on the interior side only if deadbolt was locked by an exterior key.

Before attempting to remove a lock, inspect it closely and familiarize yourself with how it works and how it is attached to the door so that you can properly remove it without causing any damage or compromising your home’s security.

Removing the Lock

Replacing an entry door lock is a relatively simple task and can be done in just a few steps. The first step is to remove the old lock in order to install the new lock. Removing the existing lock requires disassembling the lock and then unscrewing the screws that hold it in place. In this section, we will discuss the process of removing the existing entry door lock.

Remove the screws that secure the lock

Before you can remove the old entry door lock, you will need to identify the screws that secure it in place. There are typically two types of screws: small flathead screws and larger, Phillips-head screws. Remove both types of screws with a matching screwdriver by turning them counterclockwise until they come loose. Depending on the type of entry door lock, there may be special parts that must be removed before the lock itself comes out. Once all the necessary parts have been removed from around the circumference of the door, gently lift out the old entry door lock.

Remove the lock from the door

To remove an entry door lock from the door, begin by unlocking the door and closing it. Open the cover on the door’s latch by gently pressing down and pulling away from the edge of the door. With a screwdriver, unscrew the two mounting screws that hold the outside flap of the lockset to the door. These screws should be located underneath where you removed the latch cover.

Once both screws have been removed, pull away from the edge of your entryway to remove both pieces of hardware. Inside your entry doorway, you will now see a small hole in which you can insert a screwdriver and release any spring that still holds your lock in place. Push down firmly on your screwdriver while pulling outwards; this will release your lockset from its position in the doorway so that it can now be completely removed.

Disconnect the latch from the lock

Disconnecting the latch from the lock is an important part of removing an entry door lock. The latch is a mechanism that attaches to the door handle and connects it to the lock’s deadbolt. The first step in removing the entry door lock is to disconnect the latch from the lock.

To begin, use a screwdriver to remove any exposed screws on either side of the lockset that hold its side plates in place. Make sure you’ve gathered all necessary tools before you begin, such as a screwdriver, small hammer and pliers. With those at hand, gently pull back on either plate until it’s loose enough to make room for your hand. Pull out any visible pins found inside-they will correspond with grooves on either side of the lock housing-and then lift out each one until they are free from their holes. Don’t forget to disconnect any interior parts like springs or release levers; safely stow them away afterwards until we come around again for reassembly! Finally, take care when pushing out all remaining screws so that nothing gets scratched, broken or bent in the process. And there you have it: Now your latch should be removed and ready for reinstalling!

Replacing the Lock

Replacing an entry door lock is one of the simpler home repair jobs that you can tackle yourself, although you may need some specific tools and supplies to get the job done. To replace an entry door lock, the first step is to remove the existing lock. This can be done by removing the screws from the inside faceplate, and then manipulating the latch to open the door. Once the existing lock has been removed, the next step is to install the new lock.

Install the new lock in the door

Once you have purchased the right type of lock for your entry door, take the door handle and attach it to the appropriate spot on the new lock. Depending on the type of door handle you have, this could be a set screw in one of several small holes for threaded handles or a latch for levers. Tighten any screws with a Phillips head or socket screwdriver.

If your new lock comes with a strike plate and mounting screws, position it in its correct place on the doorjamb and use your screwdriver to secure it in place. Place a few small pieces of wood inside the doorjamb so that when you close it against the strike plate, there will be enough friction to turn the lock securely latched when closed.

Now that your lock is installed and secure, take some time to familiarize yourself with its features before testing it out for security. Consult with the instructions provided by your new lock’s manufacturer if needed to locate any extra features like keyspads or special locking mechanisms so that you can make sure they are working properly before turning the lock up completely.

Connect the latch to the lock

Once the existing lock has been removed, it’s time to connect the new lock. Begin by opening the door and inserting the edge of the latch into the hole in the doorjamb. If you are working with a mortise lock, use a screw driver to fasten screws that hold the latch in place. For other types of locks, secure screws at both top and bottom edges of holes drilled in either side of casing.

Next, insert bolts through any connecting plates or reinforcing plates, then place them against a face plate fitted onto your door jamb-you may need to chisel away part of the door jamb casing to accommodate this piece if your existing hardware does not include one. Secure these bolts with screws through holes in outside edge of plate.

Finally, attach a strike plate inside jamb casing with screws; then line up holes on strike plate with bolt from deadbolt lock so that it anchors properly when engaged. Use small wood shims to make sure all parts are lined up properly so that they handle smoothly once complete. Tighten all screws and test out your new door lock!

Secure the lock with the screws

Secure the new lock to the door by lining up the holes on the lock case with those on the edge of the door. Insert two screws into each of these holes and tighten securely with a screwdriver. Make sure there are no gaps between the edge of the door and the face of the lock as these will compromise security. Also check to make sure all screws have been inserted correctly and that they are all tightened securely into place.

Finishing Up

Once the new entry door lock has been installed, it’s time to finish up the job. Before you are done, you should check that the door locks securely and that there are no gaps between the door and the door frame. You should also make sure that the latch and lock work properly. Finally, you should adjust the strike plate and make sure that the entry door is secure and looks professional.

Test the lock to make sure it works properly

Before you proceed with the removal of the lock, you will want to make sure that it is functioning properly. Begin by inserting a key that fits into the lock and turning it a few times. If you find that it is difficult or impossible to turn the key, this could indicate a problem in either the latch or catch within the door mechanism and may require further investigation prior to attempting to remove the lock. If all goes well, proceed with the next steps to complete your project.

Replace any decorative trim pieces

Once the new entry door lock is correctly installed, replace any decorative trim pieces that may surround it. This may include a trim plate, door handle escutcheon, or screws with decorative caps. Make sure these parts fit snugly in place to give your entry door a finished look and prevent air drafts from entering into your home. A neat, finished appearance provides an added level of security and helps give the room a completed look.

Clean up any debris

Once you have successfully taken out the old entry door lock, finish up by cleaning the area of any debris left over from taking out your old lock. Brush or vacuum away any dust and dirt in and around the doorknob hole, making sure to carefully inspect for any other pieces of broken hardware that may have come along with the lock. Additionally, you should pay close attention to the door’s paint quality to check for any scratches or scrapes that may have been left behind after taking out the entry door lock – if a scratch occurred, use touch-up paint to fill it in before installing your new lock. Finally, make sure all necessary hardware is properly accounted for before putting in a new door handle or knob system so you don’t encounter issues later on during installation.

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