How to Install a Sliding Patio Door Lock

What You'll Need
Sliding Patio Door
Drill Bits

If you want to better protect your home, then you should install a sliding patio door lock. You can do this very simply by just following a few rules on removing the old lock and fitting the new one. This can make a lot of difference in the way in which your doors open and close, but it will give you a great deal of protection. In order to install a sliding patio door lock, you will need to have a drill, and it is also useful to have a friend who can help you position the lock. By following a few simple steps, you should be able to have the door lock fitted very quickly.

Step 1 - Shut the Door

In order to install the sliding patio door, you will first need to make sure that it is closed. This could involve cleaning out the base of the door with a brush and some cleaning soap, so that the door fully touches the edge of the corresponding frame. It is rare for people to realize that the door might not be fitting tightly into position, but you will need to push it tightly into location so that you have no problems fitting the lock. Have a friend keep the door shut while you install the lock.

Step 2 - Position the Lock

Once the door has been closed, you can take the new lock, and hold it at the edge of the door, next to the frame. The lock needs to be positioned so that it is close to the door latch, as some locks work by preventing the latch from moving backwards. Keeping the latch engaged with the frame during installation will also prevent thieves from being able to push apart frame and door, and then squeeze a slim jim into the gap.

Step 3 - Drill the Lock Holes

Hold the lock steady in one hand, and use your drill to make several holes in the side of the door with the other. These holes should go through the piece of metal, which is attached to the handle, and not to the glass or fabric of the door itself. Once the holes have been made, you can then screw the lock into the door. When the lock is screwed into place, take the bolts, and fit them into the door frame facing the lock. These should line up with the lock.

Step 4 - Finishing Up

When you have added the main body of the lock, and the lock bolts, to the door, then you can add the cover plate. This is the piece which connects the bolts and the panel attached to the door, and secures both in place. Screw this onto the door, on top of the lock, and then move it around so that it can be joined to the bolts.