how to install door lock cylinder

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Tools Needed
1 Flat Head Screwdriver
2 Phillips Head Screwdriver
3 New Door Lock Cylinder
4 Tape Measure
Materials Needed
1 Safety Glasses
2 Gloves
3 Pliers
4 Wrench
Total Cost
$20-$50
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Estimated Time
1-2 Hours
Skill Level: Beginner
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Project Overview

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Having an internal key locking system such as a door lock cylinder is a great way to protect the home. This type of locking system goes into the door’s trim by pushing the bar in and out. It is turned with a key or the handle. This is installed as part of your door handle.

There are some different types of the door lock cylinders and different sizes as well. However, generally all of them are very similar in the manner of how they work and fit into the door. If you are thinking about putting this type of lock onto your door, the following are the steps you should be taking. This project only takes about 1 hour, at the most, to complete.

At the end of this article, you will find some tips on how to make this home improvement project a bit simpler. Don’t forget to have your new door lock cylinder before you take off the old one as well. This way your home stays secure all the way up through the new installation.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Removing Trim

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The first step in installing a door lock cylinder is to start removing trim. This is around the handles on your door. You can do this by taking the screws out of the handle’s base. If you have a handle-lock combination which is latched and not screwed, you can just push up on the trim to get inside of it. You can use a flathead screwdriver for this. After you have made sure the trim is taken off, you can move onto the next step.

2

Unlocking the Lock Cylinder

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You can use your flathead screwdriver for this step as well. It should be placed into your lock’s spindle. This is located in the center of your door lock cylinder. You will need to turn the flathead screwdriver counterclockwise so that it will unlock. By doing this, you are aligning the tab above the door lock cylinder with the internal housing notch. This will allow the lock to be removed.

3

Finding the Spring-Loaded Tab

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The next step in installing your door lock cylinder is to find the spring-loaded table. This will be found around the outer area of the housing for the spindle. You will need to push down on it or pry this up with gentle force. You will use your screwdriver to get this free from the lock’s housing. Now, you will be able to take the spindle off.

4

Removing the Lock’s Spindle

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You will follow through with this step by putting your flathead screwdriver in the housing for the spindle. This will be a hole that is easy to find. You will then put another one of these screwdrivers under the tab edges that keep the door lock cylinder placed in its housing. You will then push gently on each tab while pushing in the hole for the spindle. This will push the spindle against the inside of the cylinder so that it will pop out.

Now, that you have gone through steps, it is time to reverse this exact process. When you do these steps in reverse, you are able to install the new door lock cylinder. You will want to put the new door lock spindle in place to start and then reverse each step from that point on.

Conclusion

Now that you have read through the steps on how to remove and install a door lock cylinder, you can get this project done quickly. Most people can do this project in less than one hour. It usually only takes about half an hour at most.

There are a few tips you may want to keep in mind when you are installing a new door lock cylinder. These tips can help to make the project go smoothly. Remember, you can press right into the spindle housing center so the lock cylinder can be pushed out of its casing. This way you won’t need to worry whether the tabs are keeping it into proper place. You will need to push a bit harder if you are doing it this way. It is tough to see the inner housing so if you can feel for the tabs just push very slow and gentle until the door lock cylinder pops out on the opposite side. You can also get the door lock cylinder that is designed with a handle and knob out in the same fashion. You will just need to take off the trim and handle.

This is one of the simplest home improvement projects available. The door lock cylinder is just one of the many types of locks which can go on the doors of your home. If you still aren’t sure on how to follow through with these steps, you can ask one of the specialists at your local home improvement store.

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How much is a door knob?
Doorknobs can greatly vary in price. Some of them are less than $15 and others are up in the $50 range. It varies based on the brand and type of doorknob.
How do I remove a stuck door knob?
To remove a stuck knob you will need to remove the screws from the doorknob. Once the screws have been removed the knob should separate. Now, you can use your screwdriver to press the latch in and open the door. Then the doorknob can be replaced with one that functions.
How do you tighten a door knob?
First, you will need to identify which part of the knob is causing it to be loose. Once you have identified this area of the knob you will need to use your hex set or screwdriver in order to tighten it up. This is a fairly quick and easy process.
How do you unlock a door knob?
You can unlock a door knob in many ways. Sometimes you do this by a key, a keypad, a push button, a turn lock, a deadbolt or an electronic lock.
How do you remove a Schlage door knob?
To remove this type of knob, you need to turn it all the way and hold the knob in place. Put something stiff into the hole in the center. This depresses the tab in the knob. While pushing that still object in, pull out on the doorknob.
What is the difference between a passage door knob and a privacy door knob?
A passage door knob is also known as a closet or hall knob. These usually don’t lock. The privacy door knobs are usually put on bathrooms and bedrooms. They generally have locks on them.
What are the different types of door knobs?
There are many doorknobs available. There are keyed door locks, including doorknobs and door levers. There are also electronic door locks. Each of the locks offers something slightly different, while they all allow secured entry to your home. Your lock choice will be based on cost and personal preference.
How do you remove a door knob without screws?
Open your door and see if you can see a thin slot on the locking side of the knob. If there is a setscrew that is recessed, turn this in a counterclockwise until it moves out. For a slot, push you flathead in the slot and pull out the knob.
What size hole saw is used for a door knob?
For most of the doorknobs, you will need to use a hole saw that is 2 1/8 inches. That is for the main hole. The latch hole should be done with a hole saw that is 1 inch.
How do I change the code on my door lock?
The method for changing the code on your lock will vary based on the brand of lock. You should be able to look at the manufacturer's information on the lock that was included when you purchased it. If not check with the manufacturer on what you need to do.
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