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Understanding Mortise Lock Installation

Posted by National Lock Supply on Apr 25th 2023

Do you feel your home security needs to be updated, or more is needed to ensure your family's safety? Installing a mortise lock is ideal. A mortise lock is a reliable locking mechanism installed into a mortise cut in the edge of a door, allowing the lock to be flush with the door's surface. With robust strength and durability, mortise locks offer the dependable security you need. Installing a mortise lock is a straightforward process requiring some essential tools and woodworking knowledge. The following are the seven processes to install a mortise lock:

Preparing the Door for Installation

The first step in installing a mortise lock is to prepare the door for the lock installation. This involves measuring and marking the location for the Schlage L9453P 06A Entrance Mortise Lock With Deadbolt on the edge of the door. To do this, use a measuring tape to determine the distance from the door's edge to the lock's center. This measurement should be marked on the door with a pencil.

Cutting the Mortise

The next step is to cut the mortise on the edge of the door. A mortise is a rectangular slot cut into the door to hold the lock. To cut the mortise, use a chisel and a hammer to carve the wood. The mortise should be the same size and shape as the lock body and deep enough to allow the Schlage L9453P 06N Entrance Mortise Lock With Deadbolt, W/ 06 Lever, And N Escutcheon to be flush with the surface of the door.

Installing the Lock Body

Once the mortise is cut, the lock body can be installed. The lock body is part of the Schlage L9050P 06A Office And Inner Entry Mortise Lock, W/ 06 Lever And A Rose that contains the latch and the locking mechanism. To install the lock body, insert it into the mortise in the door and use screws to secure it in place. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for the specific lock being installed.

Installing the Strike Plate

The strike plate is the metal plate that is installed on the door jamb to receive the latch of the Schlage L9050P 06N Office And Inner Entry Mortise Lock, W/ 06 Lever And N Escutcheon. To install the strike plate, use screws to attach it to the door jamb in the correct position. The strike plate's position should match the latch's position on the lock body.

Installing the Lock Cylinder

The lock cylinder is part of the lock that contains the keyhole. To install the lock cylinder, insert it into the hole in the lock body and secure it with screws. Be sure to keenly follow the manufacturer's instructions for installing the Schlage L9060P 06A Apartment Entrance Mortise Lock, W/ 06 Lever, And A Rose.

Installing the Escutcheon Plates

Escutcheon plates are decorative plates that cover the lock cylinder and the keyhole. To install the escutcheon plates, insert them over the lock cylinder and keyhole and secure them with screws.

Testing the Lock

Once installed, the lock should be tested to ensure it functions properly. Test the lock by turning the key and checking that the latch engages appropriately with the strike plate. Make any necessary lock or strike plate adjustments to ensure the lock works correctly.