Types of Door Locks
There are several different types of locks that you can use on your doors. The first deciding factor would be what type of door. The pantry hardly needs the same security measures that your front door will require. Choose door locks that are appropriate for the door system upon which it will be installed.
Types of Door Locks
Door handle locks: You have the standard handle door locks. While the least secure of all the home door locks on the market, this may be just the right option for a bathroom, bedroom or other interior door around the house. The lock mechanism is situated within the door handle, and, when engaged, prevents the handle from turning. These types of door locks would be installed the same way you install or replace a standard doorknob. (see below)
Deadbolts: Deadbolts have a solid metal cylinder that slides into place through the doorjamb and into the wall when engaged. These door locks are available with either a keyhole on both sides or an arm that can be turned from the inside to engage the lock. These types of door locks are durable and, while not foolproof, certainly one of the best manual locks available. Deadbolt door locks can be installed through the method described in our diy door locks article.
Keyless home door locks: Keyless door locks are a step up in the security food chain. Their main benefit is that there is no keyhole to pick, obviously making them a greater security measure. The lock is engaged by means of a code either manually or electronically. We will not go into this lock installation method during this article.
A quick mention about chain locks is in order. While these are nowhere near enough protection for an exterior door, locks that employ a sliding chain mechanism are terrific options for pantries and other interior doors. In addition, as a second form of security, a chain lock is a fine idea. Simply copy the template onto your door at the appropriate height (usually just below eye level), drill the holes and install your chain mount. Do the same thing with the lock plate and you are done.
Installing a door handle/door handle lock
One thing you want to know is whether there is an existing lock that needs to be removed and replaced or if you will be cutting holes for a new installation. Neither of these situations is a problem to work with, but you should be aware of what you're working with from the start.
- If necessary, remove the old piece (simply undo screws, pull and the hardware should come right off).
- The beveled edge of the lock/latch should be curved towards the inside of the doorframe, so that when the door is closed, this edge meets the doorframe (otherwise the whole thing won't work).
- Hold both handles together to ensure that the sides are level with each other and parts don't jostle and move out of place while being screwed in.
- Replace strike plate, with the curved edge facing into the room.