If you need an auxiliary lock for your home or business, then a Medeco lock is one of your best options. With a Medeco lock installation, you can immediately add an extra layer of security to your building.
Not only do you receive the benefits of adding a deadbolt-style lock to your door, but Medeco locks are one of the most tamper-resistant designs that are available right now. The double-locking action 1-inch steel bolts of the standard Medeco design are complemented by anti-tamper technologies to better protect your home, business, and assets.
At Panda Locksmith, we highly recommended contacting your preferred local Chicago locksmith to complete the installation of a new lock.
For those confident in their abilities, however, here are the steps to follow for a Medeco lock installation.
Apply the template
You’ll receive a paper template with the Medeco lock, which should be in the packaging of the product. Place the template on the door as the template indicates. It should be a self-adhering template, although sometimes the glue doesn’t always work right, so keep some tape nearby just in case.
Use a level to ensure that the template has been properly placed.
If your package didn’t contain a template for some reason, you can find several Medeco templates and instructions to use them through this link.
Drill the holes
Using the template as your guide, drill your pilot holes at the indicated screw locations.
Create the hole for the lock body
Using a hole saw, now cut the hole you’ll need in the door to support the Medeco lock body. The template will instruct you on the size and location of the hole.
Here’s a pro tip. Door veneer likes to split when you cut it. To prevent this from happening, cut the hole partway on one side of the door, then cut the remainder out from the other side of the door.
Place the lock
You’ll want to slide the cylinder ring around the lock cylinder. Make sure that you keep the keyhole at the bottom. Then place the cylinder into the door from the outside, turning the thumb-turn to the unlocked position.
Slide the backing plate of the lock into the hole from the inside. Then align the connector bars on the two halves of the lock. They should just snap together. It may take a little elbow grease to make that happen, but don’t force it. Medeco locks are resilient, but like with any other product, it is possible to damage the components of the product when too much pressure is applied.
Now get the strike installed.
Now the strike template should be placed on the door frame at the height indicated. Chisel out the wood in the frame to create a pocket for the strike. Then test the pocket to make sure it can accommodate the new Medeco lock. If not, continue working on the pocket until it can.
Then screw the cover plate into place. You’re done!
At Panda Locksmith, we can complete your Medeco lock installation quickly and during a time that works best for you. Follow these instructions if you wish to tackle this project on your own or let us know how we can help and we’ll make sure you, your loved ones, and your assets can have the better security you deserve.