It does not matter either you installing the new exterior door hardware together with the new door, or you are just replacing the old door latch, the project is not that hard like what you are thinking now. You should also remember this, when buying the lockset, choose the door latch with the best quality which can be afforded by your wallet. Choosing the best one will be better in order to get hardware which is able to stay longer. Now on the market you will also find many locksets give you the locksmith as well so you can use one key for opening all of your exterior doors.
Firstly, you can use a tape measure for defining the backset’s length for ensuring that you will buy the right sized door latch. If there is a trace of your previous door hardware, you can use the measurement for the new one. Then after that, get the door latch slide into the hole for the backset. Get the latch positioned so the latch’s protruding’s flat portion will face the interior of the house.
Next, get the hardware of the door positioned on the outside of the door. Get the doorknobs' inside portion aligned by getting the screws holes lined up as well as the posts which can be found on the latch. Get the screws put into the holes and then get them tightened securely using a screwdriver. Get the door closed and the make a mark where you should install the security plate for the latch of the door. Get the latch’s security plate held in its position. Get the location marked using pencil and then use 1 1/4 –inch drill bit for creating holes through the jamb of the door where you have create d a mark previously.
Get the security place secured into the position. Get the longer screws which are provided sunk with the security plate into the framing of the door for making it harder for intruder to get inside.
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