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Install a handle or lockset for the exterior door

Let our experts show you how to properly install a handle and lockset on your exterior door, and post a warning to all burglars at the same time! This a straightforward project that can be completed fairly quickly. How much you want to spend is completely up to you: although handles and locks come in a variety of models for all tastes and budgets, the installation process is essentially the same.
1

Drill holes for the handle and deadbolt

  • 1.1 - Place the lock template on the door. Use masking tape to maintain in place.
  • 1.2 - Check the size of the hole saw on the template, then insert into your drill.
  • 1.3 - Drill or enlarge the holes where indicated.
  • 1.4 - Take care: the drill must be perfectly level to square the hole.
  • 1.5 - For a clean cut, drill from one side only until the hole saw touches through the other side, then drill from the other side.
  • 1.6 - Insert a flat boring bit in your drill, first referring to the template for the correct size.
  • 1.7 - Place the drill bit on the door jamb (side of the door) and drill the hole for the deadbolt. Keep the drill level to square the hole.
  • 1.8 - Drill through to the lock hole. Repeat these steps for the hole for the handle, if necessary.
  • 1.9 - Use sandpaper to smooth the edges of the holes.
2

Chisel out the area for the faceplate

The faceplate is a rectangular metal sheet that surrounds the deadbolt and latch bolt and sits flush with the door.
  • 2.1 - Insert the bolt into the lateral hole of the door.
  • 2.2 - Use a pencil to draw a line around the contour of the faceplate on the jamb. Withdraw the bolt.
  • 2.3 - Use a wood chisel to mark the contour of the line.
  • 2.4 - Score parallel lines ¼" apart within the contour.
  • 2.5 - Hold the chisel at an angle, approximately 45°, with the angled edge pressed into the wood, and press to remove the wood. Continue until the faceplate fits.
  • 2.6 - Repeat for the other bolt, if necessary.
3

Install the deadbolt lock

  • 3.1 - Slide the deadbolt into the lateral hole.
  • 3.2 - Insert the lock piece with the lock cylinder and keypad through the exterior hole.
  • 3.3 - Add the plate and turnpiece through the inside.
  • 3.4 - Insert the mounting screws through the latch mechanism.
  • 3.5 - Screw in the two pieces.
4

Install the handle

  • 4.1 - Slide the latch bolt into the lateral hole.
  • 4.2 - Place the exterior handle aligned with the opening on the exterior of the door.
  • 4.3 - From the inside, add the mounting plate and the handle by inserting the spindle assembly into the latch mechanism.
  • 4.4 - Fasten the mounting screws.
  • 4.5 - Fasten the screws for the latch mechanism.
5

Chisel out the area for the strike plate and drill the mortise.

The strike plate is a rectangular metal plate on the door frame, and the mortise is the hole holding the bolt that locks the door.
  • 5.1 - Dust the tip of the latch with chalk.
  • 5.2 - Close the door and mark the spot where the latch touches the door frame.
  • 5.3 - Place the strike plate on the door jamb and draw a line around the contour.
  • 5.4 - Cut the mortise with a chisel or router.
  • 5.5 - Replace the strike plate and check that it is aligned and sits flush with the door frame.
  • 5.6 - Mark the hole for the latch and remove the strike plate.
  • 5.7 - Use a 7/8" spade bit to drill the hole for the latch.
  • 5.8 - Screw in the strike plate.
  • 5.9 - Check that the door opens and closes properly

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