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Protecting the family is the number one goal of parents with property protection coming in second. If you want a way of protecting your family and personal belongings, you can add deadbolts to your doors and gain valuable peace of mind.

In choosing deadbolts, you will have an option of internal or surface mount. The internal deadbolt offers the highest level of security but takes more time than the surface mount. With the surface mount deadbolt, you will still enjoy security just not to the same level as the internal option. The great thing, whichever type you choose is that most burglars avoid homes with deadbolts in that they know getting in takes too much time.

Installation for Internal/External Deadbolt

This type of deadbolt should be placed from 10 to 12 inches above the lockset or six inches below. The important thing is to check the area where the deadbolt will be installed to make sure none of the door�s hardware would be in the way. For the external option, you can place it anywhere you like.

When you buy the deadbolt kit, you will find a template for the lock. You can simply tape this template to the door and then using a combination square to ensure the template lines up square with the door. Next, mark the location where the screw holes and cylinder hole will go on the door. Once that is done, you will drill out pilot holes where the screws will go. Next, use a hole saw to drill the location for the lock cylinder. As soon as the pilot bit goes through the door, you need to stop drilling. Finally, drill on both sides to make sure the door face does not splinter.

Installation of a Surface Mount Deadbolt

For this type of deadbolt, you want to place the cylinder ring around the cylinder keeping the keyhole at the bottom. Next, insert both the cylinder and connecting bar into the cylinder hole making sure you do it from the outside. Now you will set the bolt into the open position, attaching the back plate to the inside of the door.

The next step involves aligning the bolt case along with the connecting bar and then attaching the bolt case to the inside of the door. You will find that connecting bars have perforations so if the bar is too long, you can simply snap it off where you need it to be. Once in place, the deadbolt will need to be tested from both inside and outside. The final step involves securing the strike into the bolt case. You need to close the door and then trace where the strike will be on the jamb. If needed, you can chisel a mortise in the jamb for the strike to be correct. Now all you need to do is secure the strike in the jamb and then test the lock to ensure it is set correctly.
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