How To Change a Lock

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By definition, a lock is a mechanical or electronic fastening device that is released by a physical object. The object can range from a basic key to a more complex fingerprint security system. The main function of a lock is to keep you or your valuables safe. There are many different and unique types of locks out there. Here is a list of each unique lock, and how you can change them by yourself:

●     Deadbolt Lock – Unlike a traditional spring bolt lock, a deadbolt cannot be moved to the open position except by rotating the lock cylinder. Deadbolt locks can, therefore, make a door more resistant to entry without the correct key. Here is the process of installing a deadbolt lock: The first step is to reference the company’s template. The template is specifically designed to work with doors of different thicknesses. It also has reference points to mark on your door. The deadbolt should be at least 6 inches above your doorknob. Once you’ve marked the reference points from the template, you want to use a hole saw to begin cutting the hole for the deadbolt lock. You will then want to use a 1 1/2″ spade bit to drill a hole through the edge of the door for the bolt. The next step is to dry-fit the bolt into the hole and trace around the faceplate. You’ll need a wood chisel to mortise the area around the faceplate so that it will be flush with the door. Continue mortising until the faceplate fits properly. Drill pilot holes, and secure the bolt to the door with screws. Dry-fit the cylinder and thumb turn plate so you’ll know how the pieces fit together. Fit the exterior side onto the door first, making sure the writing is upright. Then set the interior piece in place, and align the screw holes with the mounting holes inside the lock. Fasten the deadbolt in place with screws. Finally, mark the end of the bolt with a thick marker or paint. Close the door, and turn the deadbolt several times to mark the doorframe. Use a 7/8″ spade bit to drill two overlapping holes in the doorframe for the deadbolt.Door Lock Repair

●     Mortise Lock – Mortise locks are locks that are fitted into a hole or pocket of a door. They are usually found on an older building constructed before the advent of bored cylindrical locks. Mortise locks are often sturdier locks that offer more protection from an intruder. The first step in installing a mortise lock is to begin by referencing the template. You want to place the template so that it is centered between 37.5 and 40 inches off the floor. Use a pencil to mark the precise location for the lock. Set your mortise lock templating tool onto the edge of the door using the clamps provided. This tool acts as a guide for your router. It is also designed to specifically accommodate mortise locksets. Router a pocket in your door to fit the mortise lock. The pocket should be ⅛” deeper than the dimensions of your lockset to allow room to fit the lock into the door. Use your router to create a shallow pocket for the lock trim at the edge of the door. It should be the same thickness and dimension as the latch plate, which will allow this plate to fit flush into the edge of the door. You will want to create relief pockets within the door by using a hammer and chisel. Clean away any sawdust and begin pre-drilling holes for fasteners as shown on the template. Fit the cylinder plug into the mortise lock body. Install the lock into the pocket you’ve created in the door. Add screws to the edge of the door to hold the lock into place. Connect the trim by inserting it into the interior or exterior side of the lock. Line up the spindles or connecting rods, then fasten the trim using screws of thru-bolts. Place the cylinder in through the exterior side of the door and thread it into the mortise lock body. Insert the key halfway so that you’ll be able to screw the cylinder in completely. Finally, check to see if the lock works.Electronic Lock

●     Electronic Lock – As the name implies, electronic locks are operated by means of an electric current. Electric locks are sometimes stand-alone with an electronic control assembly mounted directly to the lock. You will typically find electronic locks on hotels, as they are the standard use there. Electronic locks are connected to an access control system. It is a good suggestion to consider installing an electronic lock to your private house, as they extremely secure all around. Electric strikes can be simple to install when they are designed for drop-in replacement of a standard strike, although some electric strikes require that the door frame be heavily modified. Electric locks can be a bit more complex to install, as they require a deeper knowledge of electricity and programming. It is always best to let a professional locksmith handle anything in this caliber.

There are many types of locks available, but the bottom line is your safety. At Delta Locksmith, we specialize in installing all types of locks, from commercial to residential. Our technicians are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year. They can also help you decide which lock system is right for your home or office. We and our network of affiliates provide you with the highest quality services, at the most affordable prices. Get in touch with our friendly support team today, and let us help secure your residence or workforce. You’re always in good hands with Delta Locksmith Houston