Metal Door Installation Kit

post-doorkit.jpg The last time we installed a new door lock, we had a hell of a time getting everything lined up. A pro we were talking to last week turned us on to the easy way to do the job: a door lock installation kit like this one available from Irwin.

These kits are essentially a jig that clamps right to the door and properly positions two hole saws — one for the lock and the other for the mechanism. Irwin also includes a slick bolt-plate template, so all you have to do is align it with the mechanism hole on the side of the door and run the included custom router bit through the slots to create a recess for the bolt plate.

Separate kits are available for wood doors and metal doors, though Irwin now offers a kit with bi-metal blades that’ll work with either type. Street pricing starts around $21 for the bi-metal kit, which means you can afford to pick one up even for a single door installation. And when you’re done, you can become everyone’s best friend by loaning it out.

Metal & Wood Door Lock Installation Kit [Irwin]
Street Pricing [Irwin]

Laminate installation instructions:

2012-06-28 16:39:37 by FixitMike

I made this list of things that the manufacturer's instructions don't always cover, or are are easy to skip, but you sholdn't. Some may not agree with some of them, but it is what I did. I hope they are helpful.
Buy the installation kit.
Make a scale drawing of the room and lay out how the boards are going to fit. This is to avoid awkward widths at the walls. It will also tell you exactly how many boards you will need.
Remove the baseboards. Trim (undercut) the bottoms of door jambs to clear the laminate flooring plus underlayment.
At doorways:

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  • Sturdy steel template frame with door thickness selector knob for 1-3/4 and 1-3/8-Inch doors
  • Includes durable tungsten carbide tipped router bit with ball bearing eliminating the need for guide bushings on your router
  • Centered tape measure tabs and easy measure guide ensure correct and precise installation of door hardware
  • Reusable packaging for template storage when not in use
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  • Adjustable for both 2-3/8-Inch and 2-3/4-Inch backsets
  • Includes bolt plate template and router bit

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