How to install a deadbolt lock
Thursday, February 17, 2022
Before we get started, be sure your door is properly drilled and aligned with this door prep checklist. This will help to ensure installation goes smoothly and the deadbolt is as secure as possible.
Next, collect the tools you need to install your door hardware. All you need is a tape measure and a #2 Phillips Head screwdriver. Keep in mind that an electric drill is not recommended for installation as it can easily strip the screws and damage your lock.
Deadbolt parts checklist
Once you've gathered your tools, you're ready to get started installing your deadbolt lock. The first step is to ensure you have all parts. Here's a checklist to help.
If there are any other terms you don’t understand, check out these definitions for parts of a door lock.
Deadbolt installation instructions
The latch comes with a pre-attached rectangular faceplate. If you’re using the rectangular faceplate, continue to Step 2 now.
If you need to replace it with the round drive-in faceplate, follow steps a-c below. You'll need a flat head screwdriver, hammer and block of wood with this setup.
a. Remove faceplate by gently prying it away from the rest of the bolt with a flat head screwdriver.
b. Twist and remove remaining support plate.
c. Install round drive-in faceplate simply by snapping it into place.
a. Remove the attachment screw located on the interior side of the outside housing.
b. Rotate and remove the bracket.
Testing the lock
Visit the Schlage How-To Center for more videos showing how to install door hardware, including interior knobs and levers, front door handlesets and smart locks.