Don't let the idea of reinforcing your house's doors intimidate you. Here is step by step instruction on installing new stronger locks.
Your House's Door Parts Inventory
- Any door without a deadbolt gets a deadbolt, which should be a grade 1 or 2.
- Are the screws of any existing deadbolts tight?
- If you open the door and turn the knob, the deadbolt's throw-bolt will pop out the side of the door. It should be at least one inch and appear secure.
- The screws in the strike plates and deadbolts should be at least three inches.
- Chances are, your inferior deadbolt is held by four screws total.
- Take the measurement of the distance between the center of the cylinder hole and the edge of the door. Write these down; you'll need them for your new deadbolt.
- Notate the horizontal and vertical center of the new hole.
- Now drill, and slowly. Then test out the deadbolt. You may have to make refinements to the hole if the deadbolt doesn't fit perfectly.
- Before attaching the deadbolt, see if the attached throw-bolt strike plate has a flush fit.
- Do not use a power drill to put in the screws, as this could strip the wood.
Lockset Strike Plate Replacement
- Your new strike plate should be attached with three inch screws.
- If the hole, through which you're driving the screws, is too small, you'll need to drill it out for a good fit.
- The screws should be slightly angled to catch the framing.
Deadbolt Strike Plate Replacement
- Your new deadbolt, upon purchase, will come with a strike plate. A very sturdy strike plate requires four screws.
- Mark the old deadbolt strike plate's center.
- The new faceplate will be temporarily put in so that you can mark its position.
- After taking out the plate, make sure that the holes through which you'll be drilling screws will fit the screws. You may need to make adjustments to enlarge the holes.
- Using a wood chisel, remove the wood so that the faceplate and strike box fit.
- You're now ready to mount the plate and box, using four screws of three inch length.
Installing strong locks is just one step in the process. However, I must say this: Kicking in a typical house door is a lot easier than reinforcing your door to make it kick-in-proof. A burglar needn't be a karate expert or soccer player to kick open a locked door that's inadequately secured. Watch this video "Anti-Kick door reinforcement" on how to secure your doors with door jam reinforcement technology.