Changing a Deadbolt: 4 Step Guide
New locks are a guarantee of higher security, so if you had the same old locks for ages, it’s time to change. If you’re feeling confident that you can replace your locks by yourself, this blog is for you. Here you’ll learn how to change a deadbolt lock in 4 simple steps.
Step 1: Removing Old Faceplates
Removing faceplates is the first step of your deadbolt replacement process. You start by unfastening the screws that are on the inside plate. Once they are removed, you can pull the interior faceplate straight out or rotate it counterclockwise. While doing it, we recommend you to keep your hands on the exterior faceplate so that it won’t fall on the floor.
Step 2: Removing The Set Plate and Bolt
The last remaining pieces of your old deadbolt are the set plate and the bolt. They are fastened to the edge of the door with screws. So to remove them, you’ll just have to unfasten the screws and remove the plate and the bolt.
Step 3: Installing The New Set Plate and Bolt
Start the installation process by inserting the bolt in the hole in the edge of the door. Just in the place where the old bolt fit. Then, place the new set plate over the indentation on the side of the door where the old plate fit. Fasten the new screws through the set plate to secure the lock. Sometimes screws don’t come with locks. In that case, make sure you purchase ones that are longer than 4 inches because they make locks more secure. Don/t forget to think about the looks – your new screws should match your hardware’s color.
Step 4: Attaching The New Faceplate
The last step of a deadbolt replacement is installing the new faceplate and securing it with screws. Line up exterior and interior faceplates on their respective sides of the hole in the door. Place new screws in the holes and tighten them up. That’s it – your deadbolt replacement is completed.