a change lock on a steel door


Old 04-11-19, 08:08 AM
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a change lock on a steel door

I was putting change lock on a steel front door for a apartment . I couldn/ t get the screws to catch , I used sheet metal screws and the screws that came with the set. I drill a pilet hole then I try the screws , the sheet metal screw just seem to made the hole bigger and didn/t catch. The only screw that work was a self tapping srew . I though the sheet metal and the self-tapping threads is the same some one said try dry wall.. I can't under stand why sheet matal didn't catch and why they just made the pilet hole larger. I got one more to put in ilike try not to used self-tapping pad-head screw if I can
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Old 04-11-19, 08:55 AM
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What type of lock? a regular lockset shouldn't be any different between a wood door and a steel one.
Old 04-17-19, 06:23 PM
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Not sure what a "change" lock is......perhaps a "chain"? At any rate, the screws that come with most residential locks are for wood doors, and even when screws look like they might be "self-tapping" they're usually too soft for hollow-metal doors. It's not uncommon to substitute better quality screws when dealing with metal doors.
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