Everyone wants and needs to feel secure in the home. People should always feel safe in their homes and should be calmed by the fact that their belongings are also safe when they are not around. When it comes to sliding doors, there are a few different types of locks to choose from. You can choose either a foot lock or one of the various types of mortise locks. When choosing a lock, always consider which type of lock to install, the size, and the materials used to make it. Patio door locking systems are relatively simple to install, and installation should take you no longer than an hour.
Place The Lock Where It Will Be Installed
Before beginning, make sure you have all of the hardware needed for your new lock. Then decide where your lock will be positioned.
Drill Holes Where Needed
First, you will need to drill holes in the door so that you are able to attach the lock. Mark where you will need to drill, and be careful to not damage any materials. When drilling, watch out for the door’s glass or for any other pieces of metal.
Screw Into Place
Now, ensuring that you are placing a lot of pressure on the screw, use a screwdriver to screw the lock into place. Remember to apply as much pressure as possible while still being precise so that you do not strip it.
Secure And Tighten
Once all of your screws are in place, make sure the lock is straight and secure it as tightly as possible.
If you are installing or replacing a mortise lock, the first thing you will need to do is measure the hole where the lock will be installed. You can usually buy commercially manufactured mortise locks that will fit into the opening of your sliding door. It is important that you measure for the lock’s width. You will also want to measure how far it is between the centers of the mounting screw.
Determine Lock Shape
Now, you will need to determine whether the end face plate is round or square. It is also important to know how the keyway is positioned. Knowing what manufacturer created the lock is also helpful in deciding what lock you will need for your patio door.
Order Correct Lock
You can finally use all of this information to determine which lock is best for your door. You can purchase locks either from your local hardware store, if the lock hole is a standard size, or online. It is important that you have the correct information before purchasing or ordering a lock, so that installation is easier.
Grab Hasp With Pliers
Once you have your lock and have determined that you have all of the pieces needed, you want to grab the lock’s hasp with pliers. This ensures that you have a strong, safe grip on the lock.
Insert The Lock Into The Slot
Now that you have the hasp grasped, you can slide it into place in the hole on the side of the door. It should fit easily into the hole.
Ensure That The Lock Is Correctly Positioned
Before you secure the lock, you want to be sure it is straight and in the correct position. Be careful here so you do not strip the screws or ruin your hardware.
Pull The Lock Into The Slot
Make sure that the holes are lined up so that the lock is easily screwed into place. Keep the lock in the slot and make sure you continue to grip the hasp with your pliers.
Insert First Screw
You want to insert the first screw at the top of the lock. Once you have screw in position, you can finally release the hasp.
Insert Second Screw
Now, you can insert the remaining screws to ensure the lock is secured in place and your home is safe. Before moving on, make sure all screws are secured and are as tight as possible.
Reinstall The Handle
At this point, you are nearly finished with the project. You just need to reinstall your door handle, ensuring that it works with the new lock.
Test And Make Necessary Adjustments
Finally, just take the time to test the lock. Make sure everything is in the proper position and the lock works effectively.
Installing a locking system on your patio door is a necessary step to take to ensure the safety of yourself, your family, and your belongings. Luckily, it is not a difficult task to do, and it doesn’t take long either. Just take the a few minutes to make sure you purchase the best and most durable lock you can afford, and take an hour to follow the steps listed above. It is easy to do and the reward far outweighs the effort.