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Moving a deadbolt

I'm replacing the deadbolt on our front door and I have a problem. The people who installed it placed the handle and the deadbolt - for some reason - extremely close to each other. It worked  okay for the original handleset because they were very dinky builder-grade stuff. I replaced them about 5 years ago with a nice handle and a ZWave deadbolt for my automation system. The deadbolt and the handle are butted right up next to each other, and I think it's been bad for the deadbolt over the years.

Fast forward to today, and I've replaced my old ZWave automation system with Homekit products, and one of the pieces is a new deadbolt. It's not going to have enough room to clear the handle part.

So what's my best option? The only thing I've thought of is to order a hole cover plate from Amazon and put that over the old deadbolt spot, then drill a new hole for the deadbolt and chisel out a spot for the strike plate. It's not going to be aesthetically ideal, but it's less work than filling the hole and sanding/repainting the door. It's also something that'll be a little easier to do while it's 10 degrees outside.

What would you kind folks suggest?

Re: Moving a deadbolt


Even though you feel it will be more work, it will be worth every minute. I have done a few of these, both ways. All the ones that insist I put some kind of dinky hole cover over the hole, have me back to do the job right. Fill in the hole with a scrap piece of wood, sand, prime and paint the door. I have made enough on second trips to purchase a professional grade air-less sprayer to paint the doors once I have filled the hole. I never skimp on the quality of tools. That sprayer cost all of them just over $2000. Do the job right the first time, you never have to go back and touch it again. Plus, once the hole is filled, about 80% of the time, I cut the new hole really close to the one I just plugged. Making the deadbolt really close to the original, and making the door so much more secure.

At the same time, I always replace the hinges, because they wear and make the door not fit perfectly into the opening. Most of the time I find only two hinges on a solid wood door, where they need at least three, and some of them four hinges to hold up that much weight.

While I have the door out, I always true it back to square. This way the door fits perfectly into the opening and does not allow air to pass by.


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