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How to Replace a Deadbolt Lock

Updated on February 22, 2018
Replacing a deadbolt lock is easier than you think.
Replacing a deadbolt lock is easier than you think.

A Complete Deadbolt Lock Set

A complete deadbolt lock set with instructions.
A complete deadbolt lock set with instructions.

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

Most deadbolt locks are installed with Phillips screws. Anyone who can work a Phillips screwdriver can install a deadbolt lock.
Most deadbolt locks are installed with Phillips screws. Anyone who can work a Phillips screwdriver can install a deadbolt lock.

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.

Starting Fresh

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

Screw both screws on the LATCH FACEPLATE equally. Screw the top in first.
Screw both screws on the LATCH FACEPLATE equally. Screw the top in first.

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

Make sure the forks are opposite of each other when installing the new deadbolt lock.
Make sure the forks are opposite of each other when installing the 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.

Be Smart

Don't make it easier for the crooks to break in by screwing together the deadbolt lock from the outside.
Don't make it easier for the crooks to break in by screwing together the deadbolt lock from the outside.

Make One Final Adjustment

Try locking and unlocking your new deadbolt lock before you put your tools away.
Try locking and unlocking your new deadbolt lock before you put your tools away.

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.

ReCap

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Most deadbolt locks come with Phillips screws, however, standard screws can and have been used.Make sure the hole from the old deadbolt lock is clear of debris, dirt & dust.Make sure the LATCH TAIL is facing up. It should say which way is up on the side of the LATCH TAIL.Make sure the forks are opposite of each other.Don't tighten all the screws too tight, this may prevent the deadbolt lock to not function properly.Be sure to have all the parts and hardware (along with the instructions if possible) before replacing a deadbolt lock.
Most deadbolt locks come with Phillips screws, however, standard screws can and have been used.
Most deadbolt locks come with Phillips screws, however, standard screws can and have been used.
Make sure the hole from the old deadbolt lock is clear of debris, dirt & dust.
Make sure the hole from the old deadbolt lock is clear of debris, dirt & dust.
Make sure the LATCH TAIL is facing up. It should say which way is up on the side of the LATCH TAIL.
Make sure the LATCH TAIL is facing up. It should say which way is up on the side of the LATCH TAIL.
Make sure the forks are opposite of each other.
Make sure the forks are opposite of each other.
Don't tighten all the screws too tight, this may prevent the deadbolt lock to not function properly.
Don't tighten all the screws too tight, this may prevent the deadbolt lock to not function properly.
Be sure to have all the parts and hardware (along with the instructions if possible) before replacing a deadbolt lock.
Be sure to have all the parts and hardware (along with the instructions if possible) before replacing a deadbolt lock.

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