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Doors and Components Category

Improvement Project:

How to install a door deadbolt lockset.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Deadbolt lockset (should come with template and screws)

  • Power drill with the appropriate drill bit (including 1/8" drill bit; 1" drill bit; 7/8" spade bit; 2 1/8" hole saw)

  • 2 carpenter's clamps (preferably C-Clamps)

  • Scraps of wood (2 small pieces)

  • Carpenter's chisel

  • Screwdriver

  • Hammer

  • Tape

  • Awl

  • Pencil

  • Grease pencil

  • Lipstick

Guide:

A primary component of a door is its deadbolt lockset.  Installing a deadbolt lockset may seem difficult at first, given all the precision holes that must be made in a door, but with the right tools and determination, it can easily be done.

Caution: When dealing with sharp objects, such as a power drill, make sure you take precautions; read all product manufacturer instructions.

Installing a deadbolt lockset can be done in a few steps, and here's how:

  1. Tape the deadbolt lockset paper template to the door, per the deadbolt lockset manufacturer's instructions, around 6 inches from the center of the doorknob.

  2. With either a sharp pencil or awl, mark the hole center points, per the manufacturer's instructions, through the taped-on template and onto the door underneath such a template.

  3. Upon making the necessary marks and then removing the template off the door, with a power drill attached with the appropriate drill bit, drill in the lockset center hole as a precursor to the saw-hole drilling.

  4. Then, with the power drill attached with the appropriate hole saw, drill in the lockset hole through the door, using the appropriate center-point marking made earlier as your guide.

  5. Next, use the power drill attached with the appropriate spade bit to drill in the lockset bolt hole on the edge of the door, using the appropriate marking made earlier as your guide.

  6. Insert the deadbolt lockset bolt mechanical assembly into the newly made lockset bolt hole.

  7. Then, with the mechanical assembly of the lockset inserted, on top of this bolt lockset hole found on the edge of the door, place the deadbolt lockset plate in position and make an outlining of this plate and markings of where the plate screws will go with a pencil.

  8. In preparation to chisel out a recessed frame/mortise for the permanent placement of

     

    the deadbolt lockset plate, temporarily remove the mechanical assembly of the lockset and put two scrap pieces of wood on the door--one on each side of the door--that make up the sides of the lockset bolt hole, securing such pieces of scrap with two clamps; make sure the clamps do not block the view/access to the outlining of the lockset bolt plate.  (The clamps will be properly screwed tight when the screw swivel and metal protection pad of each clamp have scrap pieces of wood in between them and the actual surface of the door.)  The whole purpose of clamping on scrap pieces of wood around the door sides of where the lockset bolt plate will be secured is to prevent any possible splintering of the wooden door when chiseling.

  9. With the clamps securely in place, use a chisel and hammer to chisel out the outlining of the deadbolt lockset plate so as to make a recessed frame in the side edge of this door for the permanent flush placement of this plate.

  10. Having chiseled out the recessed frame for the deadbolt lockset plate, next use a power drill with the appropriate drill bit to drill in pilot holes that will ultimately be occupied by screws that secure the deadbolt lockset plate.

  11. Reinsert the lockset bolt mechanical assembly into the newly made deadbolt lockset hole and follow this by the flush placement of the deadbolt lockset plate into its recessed frame/mortise; secure the deadbolt lockset plate by screwing in the appropriate screws through the previously made pilot holes with a screwdriver.

  12. Having the deadbolt lockset bolt set in the locked position (while the door is opened wide) so as to have the bolt stick out, and per the manufacturer's instructions, attach the lock cylinder (with its plate) and thumb-turn plate (that operates the lock from the inside) to the door deadbolt lockset, making the appropriate internal connections with the already-inserted mechanical assembly of the lockset, and screwing in the appropriate screws of both the lock cylinder and thumb-turn plates with a screwdriver; read the lockset manufacturer's instructions for any additional, relevant information.

  13. Now, use the thumb-turn and keyhole to see that the deadbolt lockset operates correctly with your hands and key, respectively.

  14. Mark the end of the deadbolt that sticks out of the lockset with either lipstick or a grease pencil, then retract this deadbolt by turning the thumb-turn.  While the deadbolt is kept retracted, completely shut the door so that the door is normally aligned with its door frame (as normally is the case when shut). With the door shut, cause the deadbolt to stick out (while in the door frame) so as to inherently make its marking on the corresponding latch door frame to determine where you will need to make your next cut; you may need to retract and then cause to stick out the deadbolt several times while the door is shut in order to get a good marking (with the tip of the deadbolt that, again, has been covered with either lipstick or a grease pencil).

  15. Open the door with the deadbolt retracted again by turning the thumb-turn in the process.

  16. Take the strike plate of the deadbolt lockset and place it on the latch door frame side where the lipstick-or grease-covered deadbolt of the lockset made its marking; the marking should be visible in the center of the opening of this strike plate, as this marking is the center of where a hole will be bored for the deadbolt when the door is properly closed and locked by the deadbolt. With the strike plate placed as so on the latch door frame side, make an outlining of this plate with a pencil, and use either the same pencil or an awl to make markings of where the plate screws will go.

  17. Use the power drill again, with the appropriate drill bit, to drill a hole in the latch door frame, using the deadbolt marking on the frame made in the previous step as a guide.  This hole should be 7/8 of an inch in diameter and 1 inch deep to ensure that the deadbolt will fit in the door frame when the door is completely shut (and the deadbolt sticks out as a matter of engaging its locking mechanism).

  18. Using practically the same method to chisel out a recessed frame/mortise for the permanent placement of the lockset bolt plate, now chisel out a thinner recessed frame/mortise for the permanent placement of the strike plate on the latch door frame, following the previous outline of such a plate as a guide in the process.

  19. Having chiseled out the recessed frame/mortise for the strike plate, as may be necessary, put the strike plate back on the latch door frame side where it should be to remark the markings where the plate screws will go with a sharp pencil or an awl.

  20. Next, drill the pilot holes in the latch door frame, using the appropriate hole markings as guides.

  21. Place the strike plate into its recessed frame/mortise, making sure that the plate is relatively flush with the rest of the surface of the latch door frame; secure the strike plate by screwing in the appropriate screws through the previously made pilot holes with a screwdriver.

That's how to install a deadbolt lockset.

Ed the Handyman

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