DIY Kwikset Brand Door Knobs, Deadbolts, and Door Handle Installation Tutorials and Directions
Updated: Jun 15, 2020
The above step by step tutorial is a Kwikset Brand keyed entry door knob and deadbolt installation into a newly installed home security door. This door knob and deadbolt set was purchased at Lowe's Home Hardware Store. I have been pleased with the ease of installation of Kwikset brand door knobs and deadbolts. I've used them quite a lot over the years for various door installations.
The question many people have is "Can this kwikset door knob be used on metal security doors?" or "Can a kwikset doorknob that I purchased from Lowe's that would normally be used on a wood door be used on a Gatehouse Brand metal security door?". First of all the answer is most definitely as I have installed numerous metal security doors during work as a handyman. The gatehouse brand door is nice because it's cheap, easy to install, and effective. Kwikset door handle and deadbolt combination kits are great and can be purchased at an affordable price. In this video I cut open the packaging with some scissors and pulled out the door knob and deadbolt set I need. I was doing a couple different doors this day so the combination pack was perfect. The next thing I did was insert the latch into the door intel for a loose test fit. The nice thing about it is that the threads and holes for the assembling screws are pre-drilled and tapped to standard sizes making for an easy installation. The next part is to install the inside and outside handle portion. To do this the handles need to be in the unlocked position. The flat on the door handle matches the flat on the latch insert so it can only be installed one way but if it's locked it will cause you some grief in trying to get the thing together. Once it's loosely together it's time to install the set screws. Trying to get these to line up can be a little bit of a pain sometimes. If you have an extra set of hands it's nice if the other person can hold pressure on the other side while you try to find the hole with your set screws. Once you've found the holes snug them up a bit but don't tighten all the way just yet. Once everything turns and opens and closes with no binding and functions as it should, secure the latch mechanism with the provided screws and tighten all the way. Now tighten the door knob set screws all the way. Now it's good to go as long as there is no binding or sticking. If it binds or sticks I have had to back the set screws off a 1/4 turn or so. Repeat the steps for the deadbolt assembly. Don't forget to make sure it is the right side up=). It really won't affect the function of the deadbolt if you have it 180 degrees upside down but the writing will be upside down and the key will go in upside down. I have made this mistake more than once being in a hurry installing these.
I purchased this new Kwikset Brand Door handle and deadbolt kit from Lowe's for about $40 or so. Got the kit home and started unboxing it and setting my parts out prepping them for installation. I gave it a rough assemble just to see how it is all going to go together so I had an idea of what to expect once I put it in the door. To get the process started for the door handle itself, I put the latch core inside the door for a test fit. The nice thing is that almost all doors come with standard size pre-drilled and prefabricated holes to accommodate standard door handle kits. The next step was to loosely insert the inside and outside door handles for a rough fit up. Now I inserted the long set screws in through one side and threaded them into the opposite side (inner to outer). I screwed them down snug with a Phillips head screwdriver. Then I slide the decorative collar of that and it just snaps on. After that comes the handle itself. I slid the handle on and tightened it down with an Allen wrench which comes with these types of kwikset kits. I then did the same thing with the other side. For the next step I screwed in the two screws for the latch that secure it to the door. I tested for smooth operations with no binding or sticking. Deadbolt portion: I inserted the latch or core of the dead bolt into the door for a test fit. After knowing that it fits well it was time to place both halves of the dead bolt locking assembly into core or latch portion. The somewhat semi circular shaft fits snugly into the latch insert. Once fit up I lined up the set screw holes so they can be seen from the opposite side. Then it was time to insert the set screws and secure them tight. I ensured smooth operation with no sticking or binding. The door is now capable of being fully secured. Kwikset Door Knob and Dead Bolt Installation Tools Needed: Phillips head screwdriver Allen wrench (usually provided) Lock & pin pad https://amzn.to/2WICLRu
In this "How To" DIY Kwikset Door Handle and Dead Bolt Installation, I take you step by step through the installation process after I replaced my front house door to an upgraded model. This was a first of it's kind for me as the handle was a little bit different style than what I'd done before. It'd still turned out though. The first thing you'll want to do is remove all your parts from the package then lay them out on a table or the floor next to your door. Take the door knob insert and test fit it into it's hole in the door and make sure you know which way it's supposed to face depending on which way the door swings and closes. In this demo I did a test run on how the handle mechanism operates outside of the door prior to installing just so I understood and could see what was going on with the thing. I put the insert and the large handle portion in the door loosely. The smaller handle portion needs some assembly. Now loosely assemble the rest of the parts in the door as shown. Tighten the smaller door handle first via the Allen head set screw. Now go ahead and tighten everything down.
Tools you'll need for this job: Cordless driver or manual Phillips screwdriver: https://amzn.to/31S3OIi Allen wrenches: https://amzn.to/3396IZz