Kwikset Smart Key Installation Instructions

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Kwikset's SmartKey deadbolt allows you to re-key your deadbolt without removing the lock from the door. The top cylinder is concealed and allows one key control while the lower cylinder is exposed, allowing use of another key. You can re-key each at any time without removing or paying a professional to do it. Kwikset SmartKey deadbolts install using the same method as traditional deadbolts.

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Things you need

  • Felt tip marker
  • Awl
  • Drill
  • 2 1/8-inch hole saw
  • 7/8-inch auger bit
  • Utility knife
  • 1/2-inch wood chisel
  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Lay the template provided with your Kwikset SmartKey lock against the door. It should wrap around the edge of the door to indicate the placement of the latch as well.

  2. 2

    Score the door through the template using an awl. Mark the centre of the exterior cylinder (surface of the door) and latch holes (edge of the door). Mark the corners of the latch face plate as well.

  3. 3

    Drill the cylinder hole marked in Step 2 using a 2 1/8-inch hole saw. Stop drilling when the pilot bit scores the interior surface of the door and finish drilling the hole from that side to prevent splintering.

  4. 4

    Drill a 1-inch diameter hole to a depth of 2 inches in the door edge for the latch hole. You can use a 7/8 auger bit for this.

  5. 5

    Line the face plate up with the four corners marked in Step 2. Trace the latch face plate using a pencil. Chisel out the face plate using a wood chisel to a depth that allows the slide bolt plate to sit flush with the edge of the door (about 5/32 inch).

  6. 6

    Insert the latch into the hole and fit the face plate into the area cut in Step 5. Secure it in place with the screws provided with the lock.

  7. 7

    Insert the SmartKey cylinder into the cylinder hole drilled in Step 3. Face the key insert to the exterior of the door.

  8. 8

    Hold the exterior cylinder assembly in place and fit the interior turn-piece assembly (with the latch bolt extended) over the hole on the interior side.

  9. 9

    Secure the latch to the exterior cylinder with the screws provided.

  10. 10

    Colour the end of the latch with a felt tip marker.

  11. 11

    Close the door and slide the latch until it touches the door jamb. The marker will mark the centre of the latch on the jamb.

  12. 12

    Lay the strike plate against the jamb so that the centre lines up with your mark.

  13. 13

    Mark the outside edge and the inside hole of the strike plate with a pencil and drill the inside hole 1 inch in diameter to a depth of 1 inch using a 7/8-inch auger bit.

  14. 14

    Cut the outside line of the strike plate marked in Step 13 using a utility knife and mortise to a depth that allows the strike plate and the slide bolt flange lay flush with the door edge (about 5/32 inch or 4 millimetres).

  15. 15

    Insert the strike box (optional) into the hole you drilled in Step 13 and fit the strike plate over top. Secure to the door jamb with the screws provided.

Tips and warnings

  • When replacing an old deadbolt, where the holes are already drilled, you may have to adjust your SmartKey deadbolt to fit. If the backset (hole depth) is more than the standard 2 3/8 inches you can extend the bolt and adjust the latch on the cylinder to make it fit.

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