how to install a locking system for patio door

how to install a locking system for patio door
Tools Needed
1 Lock
2 Hardware Kit
3 Locking Pliers
4 Screwdriver
Materials Needed
1 Drill
2 Drill bit
Total Cost
$50-$100
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Estimated Time
1-2 Hours
Skill Level: Advanced
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Project Overview

how to install a locking system for patio door

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.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Place The Lock Where It Will Be Installed

how to install a locking system for patio door

Before beginning, make sure you have all of the hardware needed for your new lock. Then decide where your lock will be positioned.

2

Drill Holes Where Needed

how to install a locking system for patio door

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.

3

Screw Into Place

how to install a locking system for patio door

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.

4

Secure And Tighten

how to install a locking system for patio door

Once all of your screws are in place, make sure the lock is straight and secure it as tightly as possible.

5

Measure

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.

6

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.

7

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.

8

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.

9

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.

10

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.

11

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.

12

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.

13

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.

14

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.

15

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.

Conclusion

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.

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Questions And Answers

What is the best material for sliding glass doors?

One of the most popular door materials used is aluminum. This material is resistant to both the outdoor elements and insects. Aluminum is able to handle the weight that comes with sliding glass doors and still allow them to function properly years down the road.

Do all patio doors slide open?

No, all patio doors do not slide open. There are many types of patio doors from double doors to single hinged doors, bi-fold doors, French doors, and then, of course, there are sliding doors as you mentioned. Each door offers you something slightly different while all serving as an entry.

What is the best color for a patio door?

There is no "best" color. You will want to find a color that suits your style. You also want to take into consideration the exterior of your home. Ideally, you would want the color that you choose for the door to compliment the rest of the home.

What is the difference between a French door and a patio door?

There are a few differences between these two doors. The main one is the way the doors open. French doors swing out most of the time. Patio doors have a track they slide along and open sideways.

How big are standard patio doors?

The size of patio doors does vary based on different factors. However, the average patio doors are around 6 ft. and 8 in. in height. The width depends on whether there are 2 or 3 panels.

What are the different kinds of patio doors?

There are a few different types of patio doors. The main ones include the swinging doors, bi-fold patio doors and the sliding glass patio doors as well.

How expensive are patio doors?

Most patio doors are on the higher-end. They generally run from around $1,500 to $4,000. However, these doors are higher quality and more durable than many other doors, so most believe the price is worth it.

Can you get patio doors in any color you want?

There are many colors you can get patio doors in. When you get a patio door, the wood of the door or the metal can be stained.

Are there different patio door styles?

You can get different styles of patio doors. Some of these doors are fancier than others. You can get a basic look in the patio doors too.

Can you get French patio doors?

Yes. You can get French patio doors. These are more elegant than the average patio door. They are a bit pricier too, but you can get them.

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