How to Install a deadbolt Lock

Keep your home safe and install a deadbolt lock that can be opened with a key from either side

Step 1: Use the manufacturer’s template

  • Keep your home safe and install a deadbolt lock that can be opened with a key from either Use the manufacturers deadbolt-lock template to mark the reference points on the door with an awl.
  • Careful, the deadbolt should be at least 6″ above your door knob

Step 2: Cut a hole for the deadbolt

  • Cut the hole for the deadbolt with a drill and when the drill bit comes through the other side of the door, stop cutting.
  • Finish the hole from the other side of the door to prevent splinters.
Cut a Hole for the Deadbolt

With a 7/8″ spade bit, drill a hole through the edge of the door for the bolt.

Step 3: Mortise the area around the faceplate

  • Use a wood chisel to mortise the area around the faceplate and tap the tool deep enough to recess the faceplate until it fits perfectly.
  • Drill pilot holes and secure the bolt to the door with screws.

Step 4: Install the cylinder and thumb-turn plate 

  • First fit the exterior side onto the door so that the writing is upright, before setting the interior piece.
  • Then align the screw holes with the mounting holes inside the lock. Fasten the deadbolt in place with screws.

Step 5: Drill holes and secure the Strike Plate

Use a 7/8″ spade bit to drill two overlapping holes in the doorframe for the deadbolt. Mortise the area around the hole again.

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Drill hole and secure the striker place

Drill pilot holes and secure the striker plate with screws.

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