How to Put a Rim Lock Together

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How to Put a Rim Lock Together
Rim locks add a slight level of protection, but are not primary door locks. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Rim locks are also referred to as auxiliary locks, as they provide a modest level of protection, but are generally not recommended as primary locks. These locks are installed on the side of the door and are triggered by a lever or push pin that snaps the lock into place. Rim locks are useful additions to a door, as an extra barrier and deterrent to thieves and intruders.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Straight edge
  • Carpenter's pencil
  • Power drill
  • Power screwdriver
  • Wood glue

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  1. 1

    Close the door and place the straight edge between the jamb and the door. Draw a line on the section where you wish the rim lock to go. As a rule, place the rim lock above doorknobs and other deadbolt locks.

  2. 2

    Place the rim lock up against the door and jamb, and align the bottom of the lock to the line. Drill out the holes for the mounting screws on the jamb and door itself.

  3. 3

    Use the power drill and screw the rim lock to the door and jamb, Keep the locking mechanism on the door and the receiver hitch on the jamb separate.

  4. 4

    Add wood glue to the top of the screws. Lock the lock, to test it.

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