Looking to install the new deadbolt you bought for your home?Don’t worry in this article you are going to learn how to install a deadbolt lock in any door. Even if this is the first time when you try to install a door lock, you will learn everything you need to know in order to make your door lock fit and work perfectly.
Deadbolts are an important part of the security of your home and you should have them installed on all of your exterior doors. The most common types of deadbolts are:
- single cylinder
This is the most common and well-known type of deadbolt. It has the twist knob on the interior of the door and the key cylinder on the exterior.
- double cylinder
The main difference between the single cylinder and this one is that the double cylinder has a key cylinder on both sides.
- keyless deadbolt
With the keyless deadbolt, you can use a secret number code entered using a keypad instead of the key.
- digital deadbolt
Very similar to the keyless deadbolt and uses batteries or electric current
- rim deadbolt
This is bolted only on the inside of the door and can lock automatically after you close the door.
If you don’t have a deadbolt yet you can read our article about the best keyless deadbolt 2016.
How to Install A Deadbolt Lock
Things you are going to learn today:
- How to remove the old knob set / lock
- Install the Kwikset SmartCode latch
- Installing the Deadbolt
- Adding the batteries
- Set up the codes for the deadbolt
This is an easy do it yourself project that can take 30 to 60 minutes and requires only a screwdriver.
Depending on the door you want to install the deadbolt lock in you might need some extra tools like a hammer and chisel, drill ,drivers and bits, hole saws (if there are no holes in the door already), dust mask, safety glasses.
One important thing to remember is that if your door does not have cutouts you can use the hole saws with a lockset template that will allow you to easily make the holes.
As you can see the process is pretty easy and it can be done by beginners and experts alike. In the video the deadbolt used is a keyless one that works using codes that have 4 to 8 digits depending on your preference. You can read the Kwikset 909 SmartCode Electronic Deadbolt Review if you are interested in keyless deadbolts.