how to remove a locking system for french door

french door with a locking system
Tools Needed
1 Screwdrivers
2 Hammer
3 Flush Bolts
Materials Needed
1 Lockset
2 Safety Glasses
3 Pliers
Total Cost
$10-$25
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Estimated Time
30-45 Minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
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Project Overview

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If there is a French Door on the home you live in, it is a great idea to keep a good, working locking system on it. The best option is a three-point lock. This means it has two flush bolts and one lockset. Flush bolts will be installed on the upper and lower parts of your door. They connect into the plates on the upper door jamb and the hole through the threshold on your door.

When you take these off to replace them with another locking system, it is quite simple. Usually, your new lockset will fit right into the same holes. Before you get your new locking system for the French Door, you will need to take off the one that you have on right now.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Removing The Door

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Before taking off the door’s bolts, you will want to open the door using the lever handle or the door knob. You will then loosen up and take off the bolts that are securing the French Door lockset into the inner face of your door. Make sure you have the correct screwdriver. Start pulling out the outer and inner portions of your lock from the door and put them off to the side.

Now that you have taken off the bolts, it is time to remove the door’s plunger assembly. You will need to get the screws loose. These are the ones which are securing the strike plunger plate at the outside edge of your door. Then you will pull the door’s plunger assembly out. Now, start removing all the screws which are located on the outer area of the strike plate and take off the plate.

With this step, you are removing the door’s hinge pins. These are the pins that go through the hinges on your French door. You can simply tap the pin caps up with a hammer or screwdriver. You will put these pins aside and remove the French door from its hinges.

2

Removing The Old Hardware

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You will now start positioning your French door on its edge while making sure its flush bolts are facing upwards. The next part of this step is loosening screws that are securing bolts at the lower and upper ends of your French door. Take the bolts off. Now, you will be removing the plate located on the upper portion of the door jamb. This is the plate that covers the top bolt.

Now you can get the newer lockset as well as the strike plate. You will look at the old set and determine something that will fit the holes in a similar way. There are some locking systems that have a button lock and others have an essential deadbolt. You will get the upper plate and flush bolts for your doorjamb by looking at the old plate and bolts as well.

3

Installing The New Locking System

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Now that you have properly taken off the locking system you were using, it is time to install the new one. You start this process by fitting the newer flush bolts in mortises located on the side of the door where you had taken off the older bolts. Be sure you have installed the bolts so the locking pins move outward from the lower and upper parts of your door. You will use thumb-latches to make sure this is done correctly. Now, you can put in the screws that were provided on the bolts.

You can now start installing the newer strike plate for your lockset where you removed the older one on the door. The newer plate for the upper doorjamb and upper bolt are put where you took off the plate from the previous lockset. The screws needed for this should be provided.

After you have installed the lockset strike plate, you will hang your new French door in its hinges and put the hinge pins you saved in now. You will need to tap each pin cap down using a hammer to make sure they are pushed in all the way. Now, you can close your door and start latching lower and upper flush bolts.

4

Final Assembly

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It is now time to install your strike plunger assembly through the outer side hole on your door. You have already taken the old one off. Make sure the new face plate sits well into the mortise and start attaching that to your door, at the plate holes, with the screws that have been provided.

Now, you are positioning the outer part of your lockset at the door’s outer face and push the locking rod’s end into a port on the plunger assembly. You will push it into the exposed area. You can push your lockset into the door’s outer face.

During this step, you are aligning the locking rod port on the back area of the inner portion of your lockset. You will use the locking rod end and start fitting the inner lockset portion against the door’s inside face. Finally, you will be installing bolts and tightening them. You will put the provided bolts into the holes on the inner area of your lockset and tighten them just a bit. Now, start aligning the outer and inner parts of your lockset to make the even with the door’s edges. After you have done this, you can fully tighten all bolts.

Conclusion

You have now learned the steps to removing a locking system for a French Door and how to install the new one. If you have a French Door on your home, it is important to make sure the locking system works well. It keeps your home secure and your family safe. If the locking system is worn out, the door can be easily broken into. Don’t let that happen to your home.

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Questions And Answers

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

How do you install French patio doors?

You want to install French patio doors. You will take the current door off, clean debris away, measure the door and frame it, put the bottom in first, add in new door frame and assembly, trim shims and add door and trim detailing.

What is considered a French door?

A French door is usually defined as one pair of doors that have glass panes which extend throughout the length of the doors. The amount of glass could vary, however.

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.

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.

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