Entry doors are one of the most important aspects of a home. At the same time, they require maintenance and professional care. Some aspects, like entry door hardware, make for an impactful DIY project. There are several choices for replacing entry door hardware, and it’s easier than most homeowners expect.
Are you looking for a new entry door or help to replace entry door hardware? The door pros at Master Seal can help. The team at Master Seal provides window and door installation and repair across the greater Baltimore area. No matter the home improvement project, our team is here to help you improve the value, appearance, and safety of your home. Call us now at 855.608.1580 to learn more about replacing entry door hardware and set up your free in-home consultation.
Can I Replace Exterior Door Hardware?
In short, yes, you can replace exterior door hardware yourself. Exterior door hardware is easy to replace with a few tools, a little time, and the right hardware. Every entry door has boreholes for the knob or lever and the deadbolt. Proper boreholes for the hardware you want to install are essential. They will also correspond with cross boreholes for the latching and locking mechanisms. If you’re drilling your own holes, check the dimensions of your new hardware before drilling to double-check placement.
Replacing Entry Door Hardware Yourself
With the proper borehole placement, replacing entry door hardware shouldn’t take long. Be careful if you’re using an electric drill to remove or install any screws. It’s easy to strip screws, making it difficult to remove them later. Also, avoid over-tightening screws. You can always adjust them later. Here’s your step-by-step guide to replacing your door hardware:
- Install faceplate – Remove the old faceplate and decide whether you want a smaller, rounder faceplate or a larger rectangular one. A new knob or latch set should come with both options.
- Remove and install new handle – If your new handle attaches below your current borehole, you may need to drill additional holes. Line up the spindle on the back of the handle with the slot in the latch. Then, slide any mechanisms up or down as needed to fit the handle onto the door.
- Install inside handle – Line up the inside handle and attach with screws. If your handle is a horizontal lever, ensure it points away from the door jamb. Levers should slide out, allowing you to flip their direction before they slide into the borehole at interior hardware.
- Install deadbolt – Check the deadbolt direction before following the above steps to replace or install a faceplate and deadbolt.
- Install strike plate – This will be your last step. Align the strike plate with your deadbolt, drill holes, and install.
Once you’re ready, be sure to test your new door hardware, especially the deadbolt. If the deadbolt won’t extend fully, drill the bolt hole a little deeper. Once tested, you can tighten down screws while being careful not to strip them.
Learn More About Your Entry Door Hardware Options With Master Seal
Upgrading your entry door hardware is a great way to increase the overall appearance of your home. If you need advice on hardware, door upgrades, or a pro to help, Master Seal is here for you. No matter the size of your home improvement project, our team will consult, assess, and get the project done. With over 20 years in the door and window business, we serve the greater Baltimore area with trusted door and window repair, replacement, and installation. Curious about what Master Seal can do for your entryway? Call us now at 855.608.1580 to speak to a specialist and book a free in-home consultation.