Tips on Choosing and Installing a Deadbolt Lock

Keeping your home secure starts with a lock. A deadbolt is only as effective as the type you purchase and how you install it.

When buying and installing a deadbolt for your home, keep these tips in mind:

  • Choose a lock with a large-diameter bolt that extends 1 inch or more.That way, it will resist kick-ins and extend one full inch past the strike plate.
  • The lock should have a one-piece exterior. This will help it combat other types of tampering, such as picking and prying.
  • Use 3-inch-long screws to secure the strike plate to the wall studs.

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