Updating your front door can be as simple as adding a fresh coat of paint and a new set of hardware. This project can easily be tackled in an afternoon and to help you plan for this project, we're going to show you how easy it is to install a new deadbolt lock. Before we get started, be sure your door is properly drilled and aligned with this door prep checklist. You can complete your deadbolt installation in just a few minutes with minimal tools - tape measure and a #2 Phillips Head screwdriver are all you need. Keep in mind that an electric drill is not recommended for installation as it can easily strip the screws and damage your lock.
Once you've gathered your tools, you're ready to get started installing your deadbolt lock. The first step you want to take is to ensure you have all parts and pieces of the deadbolt. Here's a checklist to help you be sure:
: This is the exterior portion of your deadbolt where you insert the key.
: This is the interior portion of your deadbolt that allows you to lock and unlock from the inside of your home.
: This is the interior locking mechanism. It comes pre-attached with a rectangular faceplate.
Round drive-in faceplate:
This is an optional faceplate that may replace the rectangular faceplate already attached to the bolt if your door calls for it.
: The strike plate is the metal plate that will be affixed to the door frame. The strike is used to increase security by holding the bolt in place.
: This piece is optional, but works to strengthen the door frame adding additional security to your home.
: These will be used to secure the bolt and faceplate with the door.
Tapered long screws
: These will be used to secure the interior thumbturn to the outside housing.
: These will be used to secure the reinforcement plate.
1You'll begin installing your deadbolt lock by placing the bolt first.*
*If you need to replace the rectangular faceplate with the round drive-in faceplate, follow steps a-c below before going further. You'll also need to add a flat head screwdriver, hammer and block of wood to your tool set.
a. Remove faceplate with a flat head screwdriver
b. Twist and remove remaining support plate
c. Install round drive-in faceplate with just a snap
2If your door has a backset of 2 3/8", you will not need to make any further adjustments. If your backset measures 2 3/4", the bolt is easily adjusted by simply twisting the faceplate. You'll see and hear the bolt snap in to place.
3If you're using the rectangular faceplate, slide the bolt into place with the word top facing up and secure with the two short screws.
For the drive-in faceplate, slide into place with the word top facing up and gently tap in to place flush with the door edge using a block of wood to protect the bolt.
4Schlage's deadbolts are equipped with snap and stay technology that allows the outside housing to stay in place while your hands remain free to attach the inside thumbturn. If your crossbore measured 2 1/8", you're ready to move on to the next step. If it measured 1 1/2", you will need to remove the snap and stay bracket. Here's how:
a. Remove the attachment screw located on the interior side of the outside housing.
b. Rotate and remove the bracket.
5Orient outside housing with Schlage side up, align and insert the tail piece with the bolt. If you're using the snap and stay bracket, simply snap the outside housing into the hole.
6Next, orient the slot on the inside thumbturn with the tail piece and secure it to the door using the two self-guiding long screws. The tapered tip of the screws allows them to easily line up and thread.
7Install the reinforcement plate to the door frame, making sure it is oriented correctly as indicated on the plate. Secure in place with the two wood screws. As noted above, this step is optional. In some cases, some additional work may need to be done to the door jamb to allow the strike plate to be secured above.
8Install the strike plate over the reinforcement plate using the remaining 2 short screws.
Now that the installation is complete, it's important to test the lock to make sure everything is in proper, working order.
1With the door open, turn the thumbturn to extend and retract the bolt.
2Repeat step 1 on the exterior side with the key.
3Now close the door and use the thumbturn to operate the bolt. It should extend and retract smoothly. If the deadbolt drags while testing with the door closed, you'll need to adjust the strike or jamb for better alignment.
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