Replacing Door Hardware - Best Practices

Replacing Door Hardware: Best Practices

Posted on June 30, 2022 by A-1

Think DIY projects are easy? Think again. (Just one look at all of the Pinterest fails articles out there will tell you that.) If arts and crafts are difficult to do yourself, it should go without saying that more advanced tasks like replacing door hardware are almost impossible unless you know what you’re doing.

Locks, handles and knobs… they all seem like pretty easy hardware to fix, but are actually more complicated than you might think. Here are some best practices to follow, as well as when to call a professional locksmith. 

Know Your Types

First, get to know the different types of door locks, keys and door hardware components. Door hardware can vary in type (e.g. simple, exposed, privacy, fastener, etc.), with different closures, features and mechanical components. Follow a security tips blog, do some research and know what you’re working with before you get started.

Determine the Situation

Next, try to determine what is wrong with the door hardware. Are you replacing it for functional or cosmetic reasons? If it’s the latter, you’re probably safe with some less diligent approaches such as referencing some instructions or videos. If you’re worried about function or the type of hardware, you may want to call a professional locksmith to give you a concrete answer.

Repair or Replace?

Repairing or replacing the door hardware is another best practice to consider, as many existing components can be repaired, while others need to be replaced. If any component is worn down, damaged or compromised in another way, replacement is the best safety/security option. Repair is feasible for certain issues, like stuck locks, but usually requires the assistance of a professional locksmith experienced with door hardware

When To Call A Pro

If you want to save yourself the hassle, frustration and time/monetary costs of attempting a door hardware replacement yourself, give a professional locksmith a call as your first option. The expert technicians at A-1 Locksmith, for example, have installed, repaired and replaced thousands of locks, doors and keys over the years and know what to look for when it comes to door issues. They can quickly help you identify the problem, determine if replacing or repairing is the best route to take and then give you advice or handle the task for you.

If you’d like more residential security tips like this, give us a call at (972) 284-7500 or stop by any of our DFW-area locations today and one of our expert technicians will be happy to answer your questions.

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