If you want to control who comes in and out of your office, consider installing a magnetic lock. As the name implies, the magnetic lock operates on an electromagnet attached to the door frame.
When the power is on, electricity flows to the lock securing the plate, which keeps the door closed. The door can only be opened by those who have a card. Here are tips to install a magnetic door lock on a wooden door.
Prepare to Work
For this project, you need:
- work gloves
- safety glasses
- step-ladder (optional)
- drill and drill bits
- magnetic lock kit
When you choose a lock, consider the thickness of the door frame. If you use a step-ladder, set it on flat ground. Shut off power to the room from the breaker box.
Install the Plate
Choose a good location for the strike plate near the power supply. Experts suggest placing strike plates a foot from the edge of the door side with handles on the inside section
Installing the lock on the inside frame will ensure a secure mount. Keep in mind most doors swing away from you as you enter a room.
Close the door, set the template that comes in the kit on the desired location, and mark the screw holes. Use a drill bit slightly smaller than the holes you are drilling. Drill the holes about half an inch through the door.
The kit should have two sticking sheets. Attach one to the door frame.Secure the strike plate on the door with the hardware from the kit using the screwdriver. Some plates may use barrel nuts.
Install the Lock
Mark and drill a hole for the magnet on the head of the door frame. Attach the second adhesive sheet to the back of the magnet.
Secure the magnet with the screws, but don't tighten them all the way. Open and close the door several times to test the alignment of the plate and magnet. Tighten the screws, and attach the screw plugs.on the ends of the screw holes.
After the magnet has been secured, follow directions to hook up the power supply and type of access controller (card, pass code, fingerprint ). This may require wiring into the building's power grid.
Turn the power back on, and test the lock. Magnetic locks increase electric bills slightly, but they are great protection If you don't trust your skill, or the lock fails, contact a commercial locksmith service such as Southern California Security Centers.