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Because they are uncommon, a lot of homeowners can feel stuck when trying to find the perfect kind of lock for their home’s pocket doors. A pocket door is a door that can be “hidden” by sliding it into a “pocket” giving the room the appearance of having no door at all. They are commonly seen separating foyers from kitchens, in closets, or as bathroom doors.

Because pocket doors are doors, having a the ability to lock a pocket door is a plus; especially if the doors are located somewhere that demands privacy like a bathroom. Installing pocket door locks is not overly complicated. Here are three tips to consider when you are looking to install a pocket door lock.

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Privacy needs

When deciding on whether or not you should install a lock onto your pocket door, it is important to think about where your door is or will be located. Pocket doors can have pulls with locks or pulls without locks installed. If you are merely on the market for a handle, searching for a pocket door pull without a lock is recommended. If, however, you need privacy, a privacy pocket door lock is simple to install and some come with the added feature of an emergency key that can unlock the door from the outside. Hardware comes in various finishes, so you will be able to find a pocket door lock that matches your home’s overall design.

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Ease of installation

Installing a pocket door lock is relatively simple as there are not many moving parts. You do not need the added security that a front door requires, for example, so the installation process is not nearly as complex. After you have purchased the lock that you desire, installation is as simple as closing the door and tracing the lock’s template onto the pocket door in the position where you would like the lock installed. This will make sure that the lock is installed correctly and in the proper location. After the template has been traced, cut through the template and install the lock.

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Maintenance is simple

Pocket door locks are easier to maintain than exterior door locks because they are not exposed to the elements and are not subject to the same wear and tear that other locks around the home may face. Mechanical pocket door locks do not require much maintenance. In fact, aside from using a damp cloth to wipe away excess debris, dirt, or the rogue fingerprint, all that a homeowner needs to keep an eye out for is the lock becoming loose. Wiping it down and checking for tightness of screws every so often is a great way to maintain your pocket door lock.

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Choosing and Installing Pocket Door Locks

Because they save so much space, pocket doors are a popular option for smaller areas so if you don’t have one yet, it might be that you need to look into having one installed. They are a great choice for closets because they do not take up any needed space if the closet is smaller, like a swinging door would. This makes it much easier to get around and find the things that are needed.

However, pocket doors are also great for bathrooms, and sometimes, they are even used as bedroom doors. These rooms tend to be more private, and it would probably be best to install a pocket door lock, so you can prevent any possible embarrassing incidents. While the lock on a hinged door is a traditional option for the door that is typically installed with it, the lock on a pocket door will be something added to many, however it does come standard in some. When you are comparing doors, be sure to consider where it is going to be installed and also how it will be used and if it needs a lock, ensure you include that in the price.

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Function

Pocket doors are a great option for smaller spaces, and while they are often used as closet doors, they can also be used for bathrooms and smaller bedrooms. Because of the personal nature of the rooms, bathroom and bedroom doors need locks on them for privacy. In the past, pocket doors didn’t even come with a door pull so moving up to have door locks is an option that is relatively new and comes with added awareness of home owner needs, along with improved manufacturing processes. Having the door slide into the wall and out of your way is excellent functionality so ensure that you choose one that has the lock integrated and doesn’t cause there to be concern when opening or closing the door.

Because the doors do not have knobs, pocket door locks function somewhat differently than many other locks. The lock is inserted into the side of the door where, when locked, the locking mechanism slides into a latch plate, keeping others from opening the door and providing privacy. While these aren’t the strongest locks, they successfully communicate that privacy is needed so getting away from the kids might be successful, and adults will understand the need, but they are not intended as heavy security for the space.

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Installation

Installation is not the easiest, but it should only take about an hour and will ensure the lock lasts for years. Replacements should be avoided because they are difficult. Before you begin installing the lock, make sure you take time to read the instructions. While this process may sound difficult, remember that a simple phone call could bring the right person to your doorstep and complete the job quickly and easily. Also, although it will not be a focal point, some hardware will be visible on your door, so you want to be sure to choose hardware that matches your interior and feels strong and durable.

Also, be sure to measure everything as precisely as possible, and before you start to cut, mark the area you will be cutting with chalk to ensure it is the right size and at the correct location. Cut the notch out and slide the lock hardware into place, using a hammer to tap into place if necessary. A screwdriver will also be needed to screw the hardware into place and secure it. Complete the job by turning the lock to ensure it works correctly with the door open so that if not, you’re not locked into the room without being able to exit.

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Shopping Tips

Before purchasing a lock for a pocket door, measure the door’s width to make sure you purchase a lock that fits correctly. Make sure the hardware you purchase has a finish that matches the home’s interior. Before you begin installation, take out each piece of the kit, and read the instructions. Make sure you have all the hardware you need for installation along with gathering the tools you need to complete the process.

Once you are positive everything is there, you are clear to start installing your new lock. If you are like many today, viewing an online video could be something to watch so you see how the professional did the work. Now you’re ready to start so be sure you install the lock at a comfortable height, and measure carefully to be sure you install the latch plate at the same height, ensuring the lock works correctly. The product’s installation directions should guide you through the installation of your particular lock as well as let you know of the warranty you have should something not work correctly. All in all, you have a lock that will help provide you with the privacy and didn’t cost a fortune either.

Questions And Answers

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 I remove an exterior door knob?

Removal of an exterior door knobs is fairly easy. You will need a screwdriver. There are screws that hold the lock in place. You can find these on the plate for the latch as well as on the interior of the knob. Unscrew the screws and remove the knob.

How do you replace a door knob?

To replace a doorknob you will need to unscrew the current screws holding the knob in place, as well as the screws for the plate where the latch is on the door. Once these have been removed the old lock will come out and the new lock can be placed.

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 measure a door knob?

You should first measure the hole for the doorknob at the center to the doorway edged, this will help you find the door set size. Often the door set size be will either 2 and 3/4 inches or 2 and 3/8 inches, almost all fit within this range.

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.

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 change the code on a Schlage door lock?

To add a new code press the button "Schlage" along with the number button one at the same time. Wait until you hear a beep and see three flashes. The green light flashing will let you know that it is ready for a new code to be programmed.

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.

How do you install a door knob on a new door?

If a hole needs to be cut, you do that first. Otherwise, you install latch, faceplate, strikeplate, lever, spindle, inside housing and then the knob. After installing these in this order, you will put the screw in.

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How To Install A Mortise Door Lock

Mortise locks need a pocket to be created on the door's edge. The pocket is placed in the center within the edge and they range in size from about ¾ inch to about 1 inch in thickness. The pocket height is based on the lock's application as well as the manufacturer.

Mortising the pocket into the wooden door edge is not only time consuming but it is also a bit difficult. This is due to the fact that you have to be very precise when making the pocket. If you were to install a mortise lock in an interior door it would only leave you with about ¼ of wood for each pocket side. That is not much room at all for error.

If you are ready to take on this DIY project then purchase the lock and the new door, grab the tools below and follow the step by step instructions. Be sure to follow the steps carefully because again, there is not a lot of room for error, and you don't want to end up having to purchase another door.

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How To Install Door Knob

Maybe you have a door knob that is too loose or too stiff, or one that simply doesn’t suit your personal style. You might even have a damaged door knob if the door was forced open at some point. Regardless of the reason, most homeowners will occasionally need to replace a door knob in their home.

Luckily, this process is fairly simple, and most people can handle the tasks on their own. Just follow the steps outlined below, and you can install a door knob in no time.

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How To Remove A Door Knob

Replacing an interior door doesn’t require the services of a professional. In fact, it’s a project most homeowners can easily tackle themselves. However, when the door knob doesn’t have any visible screws showing how the knob attaches to the door, it can easily throw most people for a loop. But there’s no need to fair. Removing a door knob without obvious screws is actually very easy, as long as you know what to do. Follow the process below, and you’ll have that door knob off in no time.

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