A rim lock is a type of door lock that is fitted to the surface of the door. It consists of two components – a latch and a deadbolt. If you need to change your rim lock, it can often be done without the help of a locksmith. Here’s how.
Whether you’re looking to upgrade your security system or just want to give your home’s entryway an aesthetic upgrade, changing a rim lock can be an easy DIY project. It may look complicated at first glance, but with the right tools and instructions, you’ll be able to replace your old rim lock in no time.
What You’ll Need
Before you get started on your rim lock replacement project, make sure you have all the necessary materials and tools on hand. You’ll need a screwdriver (either flathead or Phillips head), a putty knife, pliers, and mineral spirits for cleaning off any adhesive residue from the old rim lock. Once you have all these items gathered together, follow these steps for replacing your rim lock:
1. Remove the existing plate by unscrewing it with a screwdriver. Be careful not to damage it as you may need to reuse it for the new plate if they are different sizes or shapes.
2. Remove any screws that are holding down the latch or deadbolt portion of the old rim lock and remove them respectively from their respective positions in order to remove them completely from the door frame itself.
3. Clean off any remaining adhesive residue from around where the old plates were situated using mineral spirits and then use pliers to remove any nails that may have been holding them in place if necessary before reassembling everything with your new components once they arrive in the mail!
4. Securely attach both parts of your new lockset into their respective places within the door frame using screws provided upon purchase as well as wood glue if necessary before finally replacing any cover plates with those included in your purchase as well!
With this step-by-step guide, anyone can easily replace their own rim locks without needing extra help from professionals! All that’s left now is for you to pick out which style works best for your home’s aesthetic and go about installing it yourself! So don’t wait around – get started on upgrading or replacing those outdated locks today! Give us a call today or stop by our shop to see how we can help you!