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How to replace door locks and hardware

10 min | easy | 7 STEPS

It’s a good idea to change the locks on your doors when you move into a new home, or if you simply want a new look. You can easily replace door locks yourself with tools you may already have.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Step

Determine what kind of lock you need.

Take measurements of your door's backset by measuring from the latch of your door to the centre of the door knob.

Step

Remove the old lock

The screws may have tightened over time. Remember: Righty tighty, lefty loosey.

Step

Take the new door lock and hardware out of it's packaging.

Keep the manual handy.

Step

Install the latch

Many door lock and hardware kits come with different latches. Make sure to pick the one that fits your door.

Step

Install the chassis and knobs

This step can be tricky. Here's how it's done.

Step

Install the strike plates

Some door hardware kits include a few strike plates. Make sure to pick the one that fits the door.

Step

Close the door and test the locking mechanism

..and you're done.