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Where can you learn how to install a front door lock?

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ThisOldHouse.com has step-by-step instructions on how to install a front door lock. Home Depot's website contains a video with instructions for this task and the lock manufacturer Schlage has several installation documents and videos on its website for its different door lock products

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ThisOldHouse.com estimates that changing the door locks, also called a lock set, should take about one to two hours and has an easy to moderate difficulty rating. If the homeowner is replacing a lock set on an existing door or installing a lock on a pre-drilled door, then the task should take no more than 20 minutes.

However, if the homeowner needs to drill the holes for the lock, he needs an electric drill with a 3/32 inch bit and a 7/8 inch spade bit. Other tools for the job include a Phillips-head screwdriver, a tape measure and hammer.

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