Every homeowner is concerned with their family’s safety and the security of their possessions. We’ve written in the past about helpful tips on making your home more secure in general , but today we’re going to hone in on one of the details. The basic thing that every home has to have to guarantee even a little bit of security is a lock.

If you’re completely new to the world of home repairs, it might come as a surprise to you that there are multiple types of locks that can be used, each with their own benefits, drawbacks, and special installation procedures. In this post we’re going to cover Schlage mortise dead locks, what makes them different from cylindrical locks, and the steps of installing one properly.

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So, What Makes a Mortise Lock Different?

In a breakdown of the two main types of locksets, Ask The Builder identifies that Mortise locks require a cavity about 7/8 inch wide, six inches long, and four inches deep. Considering how big doors are, this is actually a substantial hole to be drilling for a lock. While cylindrical locks fit easily into the predrilled holes that are often found on doors, mortise locks do require a little more patience and skill.

What sets them apart and make it worth the extra hassle though is their incredible durability. Mortise locks will usually last as long as the house does once you’ve installed them. They also come with an added benefit of a built-in heavy duty deadbolt. Mortise locks are also usually brass and highly decorative, to show off that they are the superior product.

For most people a mortise lock is too much work and too much money for every lock in their home, but it’s usually a great fit and well worth the investment when installed on the front door. Since it can last forever, brings added protection, and most available models are quite stylish, it could be the perfect choice for your entry way as well.

How Do You Install One?

Once you’ve decided on a mortise lock, you’ll have to get to work putting it in the door yourself. Here is a rundown of the basic steps, but be sure to check out Woodie’s video and step by step instructions before you start drilling into your door!

  • What You’ll Need: Measuring tape, mortise lock, pencil, drill, chisel, and hammer.
  1. Use measuring tape to ensure you have a lock that will work with your door.
  2. Mark with a pencil where you want the top and bottom of your lock to be positioned on the door, as well as marking where the lock is centered horizontally.
  3. Drill a series of holes into the door from the top mark to the bottom along that center line, and then use a chisel to carve out your complete hole. You should now be able to set the whole lock in the door.
  4. Use pencil to mark where keyholes will be on the front of the door.
  5. Now drill holes straight through the larger hole for the keys to fit through.
  6. Put the lock into the door, tapping with a hammer if necessary.
  7. Screw it in place and lock your front door!