Almost everyone can benefit from knowing how to replace a front door lock with a keyed deadbolt in everyday life. Departing your home with only the door handle lock activated does not provide adequate security. With a credit card or a screwdriver, an expert thief can often enter your home in less than two minutes. Change the internally latched lock with a keyed one for peace of mind once you’re gone from your house and to deter intruders.
Steps on How to Replace a Front Door Lock with a Keyed Deadbolt
- Before proceeding, examine both locks to ensure they are the same size. After removing the front door lock, a size mismatch will necessitate using an a-holes bit to enlarge the opening for the keyed deadbolt lock
- Position the door such that you can use the screwdriver to loosen the mounting bolts from the interior of the front door lock while holding the front locking system plate with the other hand. If this is difficult, ask for assistance. Unlock the door by disengaging the lock and turning the knob to the unlocked position
- Carefully remove the front door lock from the hole and place the safety and screws aside
- Place them in the same plastic bag since you may reuse them elsewhere
- Compare the door and doorframe striking plates to the keyed deadbolt’s strike plates. if they are identical, there is no reason to change the striking leaves unless they are broken, or you choose to add new ones. To separate the strike plates from the door and doorframe, unscrew the two screws and pull the plates away from the door
- Assemble the keyed deadbolt by positioning the lock so the latch faces inward. Check
the lock’s functionality by twisting the latch to ensure it fits the old holes while you hold it in position. If the deadbolt is somewhat hung up, detach the lock using the wood chisel to cut part of the excess wood on the door’s side where the deadbolt passes. Components
- Check that the keyed deadbolt glides smoothly into position by placing the locks into
the hole, keeping it in place, and twisting the latch several times back and forth after chiseling
- Remove the deadbolt, apply metal lubricant to its active components, then reinstall it into the hole
- Install the front key plate on the door front. Since the rear face plate includes two
cylinders to accommodate the screws, the cylinders must be aligned with the
deadbolt’s screw holes and screws from the inside. This may need a few modifications or the simultaneous installation of both components since they fit together similar to a puzzle. If one of the components does not include flat against the door, while it is held in place, adjust it until it does
- Manually put the screws through to the openings inside the door and into the keyed front face plate thread cylinders until you feel them engage. To avoid stripping the threads, carefully screw them in with all the screwdrivers. Tighten the screws securely, but avoid overtightening
- Please verify that the deadbolt lock is operational by testing it.
Most domestically latched locks are also deadbolts; therefore, replacing the lock does not necessitate drilling additional holes. Contacting local locksmith company will allow you to replace that inwardly sealed front lock on the door with a keyed deadbolt within an hour.