Lesson 8: Installing Deadbolts - Part 2

Tools needed to install a deadbolt
Multi-bit screwdriver

The screwdriver will be the tool you use most often, thus it is important to have good quality screwdrivers. When installing a deadbolt you will use the phillips head to install the faceplate screws, strike plate screws, retainer bolts and thumbturn screws.


You will need a good drill when installing deadbolts or additional door hardware. A cordless drill is convenient, but can be frustrating when you run out of batteries. If you are using a cordless drill, make sure you have lots of batteries and a charger available. A high-powered hammer-drill is good for installing on metal doors and in buildings with concrete frames. It is best to carry both with you so you can be prepared.

Drill Bits

You will need a plethora of drill bits. Spade bits and circular saw shaped bits will let you drill the latch holes on the frame and the door. You will need them in sizes 1 ¾”, 1 ½”, and 1”.You can use a regular drill bit with your hole saw to make a pilot hole.

Hole saws

Hole saws create the perfect hole for installing a deadbolt. It’s important that you keep your hole saws sharp. Keep a set for wood doors and a set for metal. Some doors have a thin metal external layer with wood internals so you might need to switch between them. The appropriate sizes you will need are 2 1/8”, 1 1/2”, and 1”.


This bit will save you more time and energy then you would believe. You can use it to smooth out sticky latches and is the perfect tool for retrofitting new locks into old holes.

Installation kit door jig

This tool is used for installing new locks on doors. It wraps around the frame of the door, allowing for you to easily mark the holes for your cuts. This is the simplest way to ensure you drill clean and even holes when installing new door locks.

Faceplate marker set

Faceplate markers are used when installing deadbolt latches bolt guard strike plates. They are used in conjunction with a hammer to outline the region in which you need to chisel a space for the faceplate to be flush into the wood. This set should include a bolt hole marker, a metal rod that slides into the bolt hole to mark the corresponding hole on the frame.

Sqeeze Play

When installing a deadbolt on a metal door, you can’t chizzel a metal doors frame to make the faceplate flush. Instead you use the sqeeze play to indent the metal so that the faceplate can go flush.

Chisel and hammer

Your set of chisels and hammers will be useful for installing the deadbolt faceplate, and strike plate when installing deadbolts. Having several sizes of chisel is essential, as is being skilled in their usage. Make sure your chisels are sharp. A professional chiselling can be the difference between a good job and an unsatisfied customer.


  • Thumb turn and thumbturn screws
  • Back plate and retainer bolts
  • Bolt or latch with faceplate and screws
  • Housing. This contains the cylinder and faceplate
  • Strike plate and 2” strike plate screws
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