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    Safer America Locksmith | How To Change A Doorknob and/or Deadbolt | 877.480.4802

    Meta: admin December 03rd 2008 // Tips & Tricks

    What to do before you change a Doorknob or Deadbolt:

    1. You should see what brand of lock you have. This is usally always printed on the latch; typically when you replace your lock with another of the same brand and basic style to help ensure that no modifications will have to be made to the door itself.

    2. Before you headout to the hardware store, make sure that you have checked the backset of your doorknob and/or deadbolt. To complete this step, simply take measurements from the latch edge of the door to the center of the doorknob/deadbolt. Most are either 2 3/8 (6 cm) inch or 2 3/4 (6.5 cm) inch. The bolt or latch in many new locksets is adjustable for both but make sure before leave for the store!

    How to Change a Doorknob or Deadbolt:

    1. First, remove the old doorknob or deadbolt by backing out the screws that secure it to the other half. These are found on the inside half of the knob. Once you have removed both screws, go ahead and pull each half of the knob straight away from the door. Don’t let the door close or you will either have to re-insert the half of the knob with the “blade” on it or use a screw driver or butter knife to unlatch it.

    2. Remove the doorknob (latch) or throw deadbolt (bolt). This is done by removing the two screws in the edge of the door that secure it. If your new lock is the same brand as the old one you may be able to skip this step. Just hold the new one up to the old and compare them. It is better to not change them, if possible, because removing and replacing the screws tends to weaken their hold in the door. If you can’t get the new screws to bite, you may have to shove a small splinter of wood (or two) into the screw hole and snap them off flush with the edge of the door (toothpicks work well for this). Another alternative is to purchase longer screws but make sure that the screw heads are identical to the ones provided by the manufacturer or they may not seat properly and cause problems.

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  2. How to Change a Doorknob or Deadbolt:

    1. First, remove the old doorknob or deadbolt by backing out the screws that secure it to the other half. These are found on the inside half of the knob. Once you have removed both screws, go ahead and pull each half of the knob straight away from the door. Don’t let the door close or you will either have to re-insert the half of the knob with the “blade” on it or use a screw driver or butter knife to unlatch it.

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