Written by April Reinhardt (last updated April 3, 2020)
There are times when you need to replace an existing deadbolt. Perhaps you've moved to a new home, and the current deadbolt is a double-keyed cylinder, and you would rather have a single-keyed unit. Whatever your reasons for replacing a deadbolt, replacing one is much easier than installing one on an un-mortised door since the holes have already been drilled. All you really need to complete the project is a screwdriver. Make certain that your new deadbolt is the same size as the old one, and follow these guidelines to replace it:
Test the functionality of your new deadbolt by turning the latch several times, and then going outside and locking and unlocking it with your key.
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