how to install a locking system for french door

locking system for french door
Tools Needed
1 Deadbolt
2 Masking Tape
3 Pencil
4 Spade Drill
5 Electric Drill
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Materials Needed
1 Screwdriver
2 Hole saw
3 Wood chisel
Total Cost
$25-$50
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Estimated Time
1-2 Hours
Skill Level: Advanced
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Project Overview

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Sophistication, style, and ambiance are all characteristics given to your home after French doors are installed. Some French doors are pre-set with a lockset, however, if the door you’ve purchased is without one, it is up to you to add a lock. French doors are beautiful, but they’re not very secure, particularly without a lock. Luckily, a lock is an easy addition to a French door. After install, enhanced beauty and intrigue are enjoyed inside the home, as well as the added security and protection needed for comfort and peace of mind when you’re home and when you’re away.

Several types of locks can be easily added to a French door, but the deadbolt is the most popular of the options. Learning more about the different type of locks to determine which is best suited for your door is the first step in gaining these amazing attributes. With the information in tow that you’ve learned, choosing the best lock for your needs is simple.

No professional is needed to install locks on your French doors. Once you know the type of lock you want to install, use the step-by-step instructions below to learn how to install a locking system for a French door in about half-day.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Purchase a New Lockset

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Set your lockset budget before traveling to the home improvement store. Knowing the amount of money you can spend on a product before arrival lessens the hassle of shopping and minimizing the time you’ll spend inside the store selecting your new lockset. Visit your local home improvement store to purchase a new lockset for the door. Many types of locks and locksets are available to install on your French doors. Talk to the home improvement specialist about each type of deadbolt lock, but do plenty of research concerning the lock types before the date of purchase.

Locksets are sold in prices low and high, each offering something different than the next product. With the help of an associate, you can determine which lockset is best suited for your needs. Remember, a high-quality, durable lock purchase is important to keep your French doors secure! Choosing a lock utilizing a three-point locking mechanism provides the best security possible for this door style. Should you wish to permanently shut the door, it’s possible with a deadbolt that has a sliding lock on both the top and the bottom of the door. To permanently secure the door, causing difficulty forcing the door open, drill a hole into the locking mechanism and use a wood screw to cease the door from opening.

2

Drill The Hole

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A template is included with the deadbolt lockset package that you buy. This template provides exact installation instructions for that particular lock. Use tape to secure the template onto the door for easy reference. The template has many holes in it that indicate where parts of the deadbolt should be attached. The largest hole on the template is the location of the main body of the lock. The doorknob or the door handle is placed here. A large pivot hole is necessary to secure the door knob or the handle.

Use your drill to create this hole. Ensure the pivot hole that you drill extends through the thickness of the door material. After you’ve made the pivot hole, it’s time to finish making the hole for the doorknob! Use your hole saw to drill this hole. It should extend about halfway through the door. Moving to the opposite side of the day, repeat the process. When you drill the holes in this manner, wood splintering risks are reduced.

3

Install The Latch

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Using the template provided with your deadbolt, drill a latch hole in the door with a spade drill. There’s a few more screws to drill to set the door lock. A screwdriver or drill will secure the screws on the door edge and those on the door face. How long are the screws on the hinges of your French doors? If these screws aren’t three-inches long, consider updating them now to enhance security, since this screw length secures the doors to the doorframe. Also ensure there’s a one-inch throw on the deadbolt to make it more difficult for intruders to force entry into your home.

The deadbolt should now be placed into the latch hole. Use your pencil to trace an outline of the latch plate on the edge of the door. A mortise for the latch plate is also needed. Use screws to attach the plate into the mortise. If you’re unsure how to cut a mortise on a door, simple screw the hinge to the door jamb, score an outline with a utility knife and again remove the hinge. Place the chisel on the score you created, bevel side facing the mortise. Then, lightly tap the chisel using a hammer to create a deeper scored line. Make cuts ⅛-inch apart with the chisel. Lay the chisel flat and use to clean out the waste from the new mortise cut. When finished, the mortise should be the same depth as the hinges.

4

Install The Lock Body

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Use the template and instructions included with the lock to set the lock body. Installing locks varies considerably, depending upon the type and brand of locket you purchase. Most deadbolts require assembly by simply attaching the inner and outer cylinders together with screws. Before tightening, ensure the lock and key are working properly. If you’re adding a lock to a metal or fiberglass door, use a carbide-tip drill to create holes in the material.

Position the deadbolt so that it aligns with the adjoining door edge of the stationary door. Close the door one-fourth of the way; marking the position. Mark a score around the strike plate with your utility knife. Create a mortise with the chisel, placing the strike plate inside. Mark the hole for the deadbolt and drill the hole into the stationary door. If the hole is not the same length as the deadbolt, adjustments should be made. When the hole and deadbolt are the same length, screw the screw plate into the mortise.

Conclusion

With a lock installed on your French doors, home security is now improved considerably and peace of mind and comfort are two qualities you’ll enjoy when you’re home enjoying time with those that you love, and when you’re away at work or elsewhere. To further protect your home from intruders, a security bar can easily be added to the French doors. A security bar reaches from the door to the floor, preventing it from opening. There are some security bars with alarms included.

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Questions And Answers

How do you measure for a French door?
Measure the height and width of your current door, round the number up. For example, you wud round 81.5 up to 82. Now, measure the width of the jamb. To do this, measure the back of the trim on the interior to the back of the exterior trim.
How much does it cost to put in a French door?
On the low side, you cant expect to have to spend about $500. This price can range upwards of this depending on where you live and the size of the doors that are being installed. You will also have the cost of the door. Installing yourself will save you money.
How much does it cost to replace a sliding glass door with French doors?
The price will vary greatly. You will need to have the frame installed where the gap used to be for the sliding door to slide into the wall. After that, the only cost that you will have is the cost and installation of the door that French doors you choose.
Do French doors increase property value?
When you make any home upgrade, it could raise the property value. French doors have been known to increase property value, amongst other home improvements.
Do French doors open out or in?
There are many types of French doors. You can get them that swing inwards or you can get the ones that swing outwards. There are various brands and benefits of each type.
Can you replace a sliding glass door with French doors?
There are many people who want to replace their sliding glass doors with French doors. This can be done and it can make your entryway more beautiful as well.
What is the difference between a French door and a patio door?
There are some differences between French doors and Patio doors. The main difference is how these doors open. A French door will open outward, such as conventional doors do. However, a patio door slides along a track and then opens at the side. Both doors provide you with excellent ventilation.
Can you replace a sliding glass door with French doors?
There are many people who want to replace their sliding glass doors with French doors. This can be done and it can make your entryway more beautiful as well.
Why is it called a French door?
When French doors orignated was during the 17th Century. When they first came about they were actually not doors at all, but rather large windows to allow more light for homes to be lit longer than before. These windows eventually turned into doors, thus the French door came into play.
How much is the average French door?
French doors can vary a lot in cost. The average price for this type of door is between $450 and $800. However, they can range in the thousands of dollars as well.
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