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How to install locksets and deadbolts (Page 2)


Step 4. Push the bolt assembly into the bolt hole so the bolt plate is flat on the edge of the door. Trace around the plate with a utility knife. Remove the mechanism and cut a 1/8 mortise in the edge of the door with a sharp chisel.

 

Step 5. Once you’re satisfied with the fit, press the bolt plate into its mortise and attach it by driving in the two plate screws. Slide both sides of the lock into the bolt mechanism (inset) and attach them by driving the screws that hold the two parts together. Make sure these screws are tight.

 

MORTISING TECHNIQUE

Installing hardware plates requires using a wood chisel to create a mortise for the hardware.

1. Deepen the outline for the mortise to 1/8 with a wood chisel (try to find a chisel the same width as the mortise). With the beveled face of the chisel blade facing into the mortise rap the handle with a mallet.

2. Chisel a series of 1/8”-deep parallel cuts about 1/4” apart.

3. Position the chisel bevel-side down at about a 45-degree angle. Strike with a mallet to chisel out the waste. Smooth the mortise bottom.

Step 7. Close the door and test the deadbolt to make sure the bolt fits into the bolt hole in the jamb. If not, enlarge the hole slightly. Once the bolt fits, center the strike plate over the bolt hole and trace it with a utility knife. Cut a mortise for the strike plate using a sharp chisel.

 

Step 6. Extend the lock bolt and color its end with lipstick, a grease pencil, or a crayon. Then retract the bolt, close the door and extend the bolt so its end hits the jamb. This will yield the precise location of the bolt hole that’s needed on the jamb. Drill a hole (usually 1 1/2 deep) for the bolt with a spade bit (see installation instructions for actual hole size requirements).

 

Step 8. Finish up by installing the strike plate on the jamb. Some of these plates are oversized like the one above. But most look more like standard lockset strike plates. Both types, however, feature long screws that are driven through the jamb and deep into the wall studs behind.

 

 

 

 

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