Humans are becoming increasingly concerned about security and that brings us to smart technology. Privacy concerns are not only cyber related but extend to all domains including home security. People are inclining more towards smart locks rather than typical locks. Smart locks, obvious by he name, are locks that enable you to secure your house just like you secure your smartphone. Poor example but pretty much the same thing. Before installing a smart lock in your house, you should know more about what smart locks are. Smart locks come with a number of features and integrated third party apps and software. A typical smart lock is enabled with a keypad but more advanced smart locks are also remotely accessible. The first step towards installing a smart lock is deciding what kind of lock you want and what kind of door you have you want to install the smart lock on.
Before installing a smart lock, you should make sure that your door is almost 13″ wide. One thing to consider as well is that your door is correctly aligned and you don’t need to put any force to lock it. If so, get it fixed before installation.
That brings us to the installation procedure itself.
Obvious. Use a screw driver and unscrew the previously installed lock and dead bolt. This will leave a circular hole in your door and an empty space in place of dead bolt. Don’t worry, this ugly piercing hole won’t stay in the door forever. This is exactly where your smart lock can be installed. If you are installing a relatively taller lock, then you’ll have to make some size adjustments.
Boring task, I know. But you gotta do what you gotta do. When you bring home a smart lock, there should be a booklet included in it. Do NOT throw it away. This booklet carried the information on how to get the surgery done and also contains the temporary pin code.
Before installing the pin code mechanism, you’ll have to install the dead bolt. Put it in place of the previous deadbolt and install the strike plate. Secure the strike plate in place. At this point, the deadbolt will be visible in that hole in the door.
After successfully installing the deadbolt, check to see if it works or not. How? Put the screw driver in the mechanism and check if the door locks. If it doesn’t, it means that the door needs some alignment. If you are replacing an old old lock, then this won’t even be a problem but if a smart lock is the first thing that’s going on your door,then this a process you’ll have to go through.
The keypad goes on the outside of the door (Obvious much?) When putting the keypad in the door, you’ll see a wire coming out of it. Make sure that you pass the wire from under and across the deadbolt. Read that again. Under and across. That means that the wire will be poking out of the lock’s hole.
At this point the mechanism will be hanging out of the lock hole. Gotta secure it in. The locks come with a securing plate that screws snugly on your lock. Pass the wire from the hole of that securing plate and then screw it tight shut. Make sure that the wire you passed under and through the deadbolt is now hanging out of the securing plate.
Every time you read that the wire should hang out from the whole mechanism, you would’ve wondered where it’d go. Which is very natural to think. Well, wonder no more because now is the time for enlightenment. The alarm system goes inside the door over the securing plate and that is where the wire goes. Remove the top cap of the alarm system, you’ll see a small slot for the wire. Put it in there and screw the alarm mechanism in place. Over the securing plate.
The lock isn’t going to sustain itself. It needs a power source and that comes with batteries. The batteries will be in the alarm mechanism. It’s always good to be on the safe side and replace new batteries when you bring the lock home. So, replace the batteries and you are almost ready for a safe and secure system.
The booklet that we talked about earlier? The booklet that you shouldn’t throw away Yes, that booklet has the temporary pin code of your smart lock. Punch in the code and the deadbolt will go through a set up. Wait for that to complete. Once that is over, close the door and test your temporary code. If it works, great! If not, you are locked in your house. Kidding. That won’t happen.
Now you know how to install the smart lock yourself, but if you are short of tools or simply too lazy to work, then call a locksmith and have him install the system. If you have trouble choosing the right lock and locksmith services, get in touch with us today and we’ll take care of that.