How to Replace a Deadbolt Lock
A Complete Deadbolt Lock Set
How to Change Out Your Old Deadbolt
Deadbolt Locks are Easy to Replace
The Hard Work Is Already Done
Replacing an old deadbolt bolt and installing a new one is a lot easier than what most people think. Besides, the hard work is already done...drilling the holes. Now all you have to do is take out the old deadbolt lock and replace it with a new one. Installing a deadbolt lock is quite simple. Anyone who can work a Phillips screwdriver can install a deadbolt lock.
Easier than you Think
Removing the Old Deadbolt Lock
How to Easily Remove an Old Lock
If you know how to use a Phillips screwdriver, then you'll find it quite easy when it comes to removing an old deadbolt lock. Deadbolt locks usually come with three different sets, two screws in each set making it a total of six screws. Refer to the instructions to make sure that you've been given the correct number and type of screws. If you do not, stop immediately and return the deadbolt lock and the packaging, along with the receipt, to where you purchased it. Exchange it for a another one.
Cleaning Your Work Area
Before you Begin Installing your New Lock
A Clean Work Area is a Safe Work Area
Most accidents occur at the home. If your work area is cluttered or the floor is covered with dirt and debris, it would be best to clean up before installing a deadbolt lock. You can't afford to take a chance and slip or trip over trash and/or debris.
After you've clean your work area, make sure the hole in the door where the old deadbolt lock used to be is clear of any dirt and debris. This will make sure that when it's time to install the new deadbolt lock it will be smooth and quick.
Latch Tail Facing Up
Step One in Installing
Latch Tail MUST Face Up
Make Sure to use the Hardware that came with the New Deadbolt Lock
Some people like to use the old hardware from their old deadbolt lock. Trust me, you do not want to do this. To make sure your new deadbolt lock works properly, use the hardware that came with the new one.
Make sure the LATCH TAIL is facing up before you insert it. If you're not sure which way the LATCH TAIL is to be inserted, you may not be qualified enough to install a deadbolt lock. If the LATCH TAIL is not in the correct position, the deadbolt lock will not function properly, if at all.
A New Deadbolt Lock
Step Two in Installing
The Trickiest Part when Installing a Lock
Adjusting the Forks on the Deadbolt Lock
You May Need Help with this Part when Installing
Please, absolutely make sure the forks are opposite of each other before inserting the new deadbolt lock. If you look close enough, you will be able to see how the forks are to be inserted into the LATCH TAIL. Again, make sure the forks are opposite of each before inserting the new deadbolt lock. Use one hand (if possible, or call a friend) to hold together the deadbolt lock while you use the other hand to insert the two two long screws into the deadbolt lock.
MAKE SURE YOU SCREW THE DEADBOLT LOCK TOGETHER FROM THE INSIDE.
Make One Final Adjustment
The Final Step to Installing
Tighten all the Screws on the New Deadbolt Lock
Don't Lose the Keys
Check over everything on the new deadbolt lock before you walk away
There's nothing like having something you just installed not work properly...like a lock! Let me tell you from experience that you don't want to experience having a new deadbolt lock not work when you need it too. Before you put your tools away, lock and unlock the deadbolt lock a few times...like twenty or thirty times. Seriously.
Each new deadbolt lock set comes with two keys. It be smart to go ahead and make like two more copies for safe keeping. If you're like me, you know you're going to have to do it eventually.
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2016 James Timothy Peters