How to Install a Lockset

There’s no better way to dress up your front door than with a new lockset. Not only does it give you the opportunity to update the look of your home with a stylish new finish, it also provides added security, especially if you recently moved into a new home. Watch this video and learn the ins and outs of installing a new lockset.

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Steps

  1. How to Install a Lockset - Step 1

    Remove all components of the deadbolt. Keep the door open as you do this to catch falling parts.

  2. How to Install a Lockset - Step 2

    Remove strike plates.

  3. How to Install a Lockset - Step 3

    Adjust the setback configuration of the new lock.

  4. How to Install a Lockset - Step 4

    Screw on the inner part of the bolt.

  5. How to Install a Lockset - Step 5

    Install the sides.

  6. How to Install a Lockset - Step 6

    Add the cover and lever.

  7. How to Install a Lockset - Step 7

    Screw the lever into place.


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There’s no better way to dress up your front door than with a new lockset. Not only does it give you the opportunity to update the look of your home with a stylish new finish, it also provides added security, especially if you recently moved into a new home.

Today we’re going to install this new lockset which comes complete with a handle and a matching deadbolt lock. First we’ll remove the old handle set, then we’ll install the new one. So let’s get started.

The first thing we’ll do is remove the old lockset, starting with the deadbolt. Every lockset is different, so removing yours and installing your new one might have some slightly different steps. What we’ll cover today are some basic steps common to most locksets on the market.

You’ll see two screws on both sides of the deadbolt lever. Simply unscrew these. It’s a good idea to have the door open for this part so you can hold onto both the interior and exterior side of the deadbolt. Go ahead and remove the other components of the deadbolt as well, including the strike plate on the jamb side of the door.

To remove the handle, simply remove the two screws on the interior side of the door. Now we have a clean slate to install our new lockset.

We’ll start with the deadbolt. First we’ll install the deadbolt latch in the top hole of the door, taking into account the setback of the latch, which is the distance from the edge of the door to the center of the deadbolt. This lockset can accommodate different setback configurations. We also have to make sure the slanted portion of the latch is facing in the direction the door closes. The manufacturer provided a small allen wrench for this step.

Now we’ll remove the interior lever portion of the handle set and cover from the lever assembly.

Installing the handle set requires that we push the latch bolt in and align everything to match up. This can be a little tricky. Now we’ll install the interior lever assembly portion of the handle set by mounting the base and aligning the spindles. Now we’ll rotate the mount counter clockwise to receive the screws. One we find a flush fit, we’ll release it to rotate it back clockwise, install the screws and snap on the cover.

Now we’ll install the lever onto the mount and tighten the set screw with the allen wrench provided by the manufacturer.

Now we’ll install the deadbolt by first holding the exterior portion of the deadbolt in place and inserting the interior portion of the assembly. We’ll insert and tighten the long screws and reassemble the finished cover.

Next, replace the old jamb brace and strike plates with the new ones. Unscrew and remove the old ones and install the new ones in the same manner.

One neat thing about this lockset is the ability to rekey the deadbolt to any key we want. And it’s so easy. All we do is insert the functioning key and turn it ¼ turn clockwise. Then we insert and remove the re-keying took that came with the lockset and take out the current key. Now we’ll insert a new key and turn it ¼ turn counter-clockwise.

And there you have it. A new lockset that is keyed the same as the existing locks in our house. And we didn’t have to call a locksmith to make it happen.

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