A home is one of the most valuable assets to most of us. The primary priority is, therefore, keeping it safe, and that is why changing your locks routinely is paramount. There are various reasons as to why you may want to change a lock. If you lose your home key, for example, you may never know who finds it, and thus the need to change the locks immediately. Moving to a new home can also force you to change them since you never know who was the previous tenant or whether the contractor of your new house gave out a spare key of your home to some workers during the building process.
Whichever the need, changing the locks is quite easy and cheap since it requires little technical skills. The first step involves determining the size and brand of the lock that you need. You can find the information regarding the brand on the latch or the key. The most common brand types include the lever handle lock, deadbolt lock, knob lock and the key-less entry pads. Once you know the size and brand, you can go ahead and buy a new lock.
Using a screwdriver, remove the screws from your old lock and pull it out. If the screws are invisible, look under the cover plate using a flat screwdriver. Find the deadbolt plate at the side of your door and remove the two screws holding it in place so that you can pull it out.
Now, you need to repeat the process in reverse. Start by installing a new deadbolt facing ‘up.’ Most deadbolts are usually labeled ‘up’ on the side that is supposed to face up. After you line it up correctly, load it in and fasten to the side of your door with two durable screws and ensure that you don’t over-tighten them. Use the screwdriver to test the functionality of the deadbolt.
Insert the new deadbolt lock by placing the protruding bar in the channel on the deadbolt itself. Ensure that the lock mechanism is positioned in a way that the keyhole is vertically aligned. Insert the bar in the back of the turn assembly plate into the channel from the opposite side. Then, orient the turn assembly plate with its top side at the top. To expose the bolt holes, twist the knob on the turn assembly and fasten it with the key assembly using the bolts. Do not lock the screws so tight to avoid rendering the deadbolt off-center. Use your key to turn it and make sure that it is centered. Note that it is always important to look for a quality fluid turn every time you change a lock.