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How to install locksets and deadbolts


TEMPLATE TIP

Many doors sold today come with holes for the lockset predrilled. Some also are predrilled for a deadbolt, but very often you’ll need to drill holes for the actual dead-bolt you purchase. To assist in this, manufacturers provide a template that you tape to the door for reference. Following the manufacturer’s instructions, tape the hole template to the door (make sure you’ve oriented the template to correspond to the actual thickness of your door) and mark the center point of each hole, including the bolt hole in the edge of the door. The deadbolt is usually located 7" or 8" above the lockset.
 

Step 1. Determine the size of holesaw you need by checking the installation instructions that came with the lock. Then chuck this tool into a drill and bore the hole. Stop boring when the tip of the drill bit, at the center of the holesaw, breaks through the other side.

 

Step 2. Go to the other side of the door and slide the pilot bit of the hole saw into the hole and cut out the rest of the waste material. If you try to cut through the door in a single pass, you risk tearing the steel covering (on steel-clad doors) as the hole- saw teeth break through the surface.

 

Step 3. Drill the bolt hole through the edge of the door, using a spade bit or forstner bit. Make sure to keep the bit level so the bolt hole will enter the lock hole at the proper point.

 

 

 

 

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