How to Replace a Deadbolt Lock on a Wood Door

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Locksmith

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If you recently purchased a house or want to enhance security on an existing home, the best option is to replace the deadbolt. Just as with a metal door, there are specific steps required to replace a deadbolt lock on a wood door.

 

Deadbolt Lock on a Wood Door to Enhance Security

 

According to 2012 statistics from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, roughly 60 percent of the more than 2 million burglaries involved forced entry. Therefore, the effort to replace a deadbolt lock on a wood door is worthwhile. When making a purchase, experts recommend looking for a lock that:

 

Is made from hardened steel.

  • Has a reinforced metal strike plate.
  • Extends completely into the jamb hole.
  • Is designed with 3-inch screws for securing the strike plate into studs in the doorframe.

Easy-to-Follow Replacement

The process to replace a deadbolt lock on a wood door always starts by purchasing a lock from a reputable brand. Next, the old deadbolt needs to be removed. From the interior of the door, the screws located on the inside of the faceplate are removed. The faceplate is then pulled straight out, although for some locks, it will need to be twisted in a counterclockwise direction.

The faceplate on the outside of the door is removed, which usually involves twisting it in a counterclockwise direction. There are times when a small setscrew located on the bottom has to be removed first.

The deadbolt locking mechanism is located on the inside of the faceplate, which generally slides right out along with the faceplate for keyed entry type locks. However, sometimes the locking mechanism is beneath the faceplate. In this case, the faceplate must be removed first, followed by the mechanism.

Using a standard flathead screwdriver, the bolt is unlocked or unjammed by inserting the tip into the slot where the locking mechanism shaft had been previously and then manually turning it. By turning the door toward the narrow edge, the sliding bolt is removed and the set plate located.

For most deadbolts, this plate has a screw on top and one on the bottom that need to be removed. Many times, the set plate is attached to both bolt and sleeve so it slides out as a single unit, although in older model deadbolts, the two pieces may need to be taken out separately.

With the old deadbolt lock out, you can now install the new lock. The most important step is to measure the diameter of the hole, making sure the new lock will fit, or for absolute accuracy, the old deadbolt can be taken to a local home improvement or hardware store for comparison. At this time, you can choose the type and brand of lock preferred.

After purchasing the new deadbolt, the steps listed above are repeated, but in reverse. The process to replace a deadbolt lock in a wood door is not difficult nor does it require a lot of time. Of course, if for any reason you experience trouble, a qualified handyman or professional locksmith can assist.

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