Locks are the best way to keep you, your family and your home protected from danger. Installing dead bolts and other types of locks in and around your home will ensure that your belongings are kept safe and out of reach from criminals attempting to break in and steal your possessions. While installing locks in and around your home may seem like a pretty simple task to take on, there are many home owners who make minor mistakes that turn into major frustrations. There are some tips to consider when installing your own locks that will save you a great deal of time and aggravation.

Emergency Home & Office Lockout Services

One of the most common mistakes that occur when homeowners decide to install new locks on their own is locking themselves out of their own home. First, if this occurs, you should be somewhat satisfied with yourself, as it means that you installed the lock properly, because it works and you are locked out. When installing a new lock or dead bolt, be sure to put the new key in your back pocket before you begin working on the installation, this will save you a great deal of embarrassment and frustration.

Door Lock Strike Plates

When installing a lock or dead bolt in your home, also make sure that before you screw the plates onto your door that they are facing the correct direction. While some plates are sometimes installed upside down, this will not affect the functionality of the lock, but it will be a constant reminder that you made a mistake and put it on wrong. Pay close attention to screw alignment and the way that the lock should look on the door when finished. Nothing is quite as frustrating as having to unscrew everything and start all over again. Take your time and do not rush through the job.

Lock Height Requirements

Another common mistake that home owners make when installing their own locks or dead bolts is changing the height at which they sit on the door or in the wall. The instructions should include a specific distance on how high off the ground the lock should be installed. Unless you are sure that the door is solid wood, do not alter this distance at all. If your door is hollow, it may not have the wood block necessary for the deadbolt to be installed into.

Deadbolt & Lock Installation & Replacement, Key & Locksmith Services in South Miami, Coral Gables, Hialeah & Miami Florida

If you are ready to install new locks or deadbolt into your home, your best choice is to call a professional to get the job done right and in a timely manner. Contact The Lock Doc today for the best lock installation service available.