In order to keep your property safes, your lock and key solutions need to be changed after some time. It should be updated for better security. If you are also looking to change, here is complete guide to it.
When it comes to your home's safety, you always want to be double sure. You cannot let it go anyways. Isn't it! The rising numbers of burglaries all over the world, people are now becoming more concern about the safety systems. They don't want to compromise on quality for this purpose. While the world is moving towards advanced security solutions, but even today the safest equipment to safeguard your property is a lock. However, they are no more constrained to those traditional locks and it is advisable to change them from time to time.
If you are also in search of the right method to change your door lock, then it is quite simple. All you need to do is follow the below instructions carefully and you can get the changes done. You can divide the task into two major categories, i.e. first start with door lock removal and second will be installation of new lock.
Determine The Brand: It is usually printed on the latch. But, in any case you are unable to find it, look it on the key or a leftover from the doorknob set. By knowing the brand and features of your old lock you get a clear idea for replacing it with the new one in the right way. Doing so, you will be able to make the change in the lock system without any major modifications in the door itself.
Measure your doorknob: The size of front and back door locksets need to measure in advance. For this, stretch a measurement tape from the latch edge of the door, taking it to the center of the doorknob. Generally, locksets are available in a range between 2-3/8 inch (6cm) or 2-3/4 inch (6.5cm) diameter. Another thing you need to take care of the bolt or latch.
Remove the interior knob: Now you can start with the removal process. Being with releasing those springs holding the knob in place, doing so doorknob will come off easily and you will be left with that a decorative cover. You can remove the interior cover first and then move to the springs on the knob.
Remove The Cover: You need to check for the screws covering the knob. If you cannot find them, look along the edge for a hole. They might be hidden in the allen bolt. In case, they are visible remove them and place them aside safely. But, if you are unable to find any holes or hidden screws, them your plate is simply snapped and you can remove it with a thin flathead.
Disassemble The Lock Section: Now you need to remove the screws of the interior lock section. You will find them on the inside half of the knob. Unscrewing the two interior screws, pull off each half of the knob from the door. Meanwhile, make sure you don't close the door else you have to re-insert the half of the knob with help of a butter knife to unlatch it
Remove The Doorknob: Finally, you have to remove the two screws from the latch assembly and the strike plate on the door jamb too. Well, if the brand and model of the new lock is same, you can use the existing latch plate and strike plate.
Install the latch: Start to chisel out the uneven recesses in the latch before you place the new latch into the recess. In case, the new latch appears to be uneven, don't panic for the screws. You can fit the screws into the latch later and tighten it.
Install The New Lockset: While you are sliding the outside parts, just check you have the keyed section on the outside part. Insert the inside set, while you hold the outer parts parallel to the floor and begin with sliding blade of the outside part of the lockset. Later tighten the mounting screws, with strike plate lined up.
Final Testing: You need to check the latch operation and the locking mechanism. Make sure you ideally test with the door open. If all is well, then tighten the remaining screws and check for accessibility.
Now, you are done with it! Congratulations!