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How to replace door locks and hardware

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.

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10 MIN | EASY | 7 STEPS

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

STEP 1

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 2

Remove the old lock.

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

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STEP 3

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

Keep the manual handy.

STEP 4

Install the latch.

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

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STEP 5

Install the chassis and knobs.

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

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STEP 6

Install the strike plates.

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

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STEP 7

Close the door and test the locking mechanism.

..and you're done.