A deadbolt strengthens a door because it bolts deep into a vertical post that forms the side of the door. Strengthen the lock with the following method.
You will need
- Metal pipe
- Drill with a paddle bit
- Construction glue
Step 1 Remove the strike plate Using the screwdriver, remove the metal strike plate attached to the doorjamb that the deadbolt slides into.
The doorjamb is the vertical post that forms the side of the door.
Step 2 Cut a piece of metal pipe Cut a piece of rigid metal pipe with the hacksaw so that it is about 6 inches long. The diameter of the pipe should be large enough to accommodate the deadbolt.
Step 3 Drill a hole Extend the hole for the deadbolt by drilling through the doorjamb and into the 2-by-4 framing studs that support the wall. Use a paddle bit with the same size outer diameter as the metal pipe.
Make sure the hole is aligned with the deadbolt. Otherwise you will have to adjust the door later.
Step 4 Apply glue Apply construction glue to the inside of the hole.
Step 5 Insert the pipe Insert the metal pipe into the hole until it’s flush with the doorjamb.
Step 6 Reattach the strike plate Screw the strike plate back on. When the deadbolt is fastened, it will now have the additional support of the framing studs.
Did You Know:
Crime prevention experts recommend that all exterior doors in your home be equipped with deadbolt locks.