sliding barrel bolt resized 600Installing a lock on a door takes a little common sense. For those folks with small kids, you‘ve probably learned that Junior can open the door with little effort. This is where a barrel bolt comes in. A slide bolt simply slides into a door jamb or a receiver to keep the door closed. They are easy to install and you can mount it high enough to prevent Junior from reaching it.

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The sliding part mounts on the door and is held in place with four screws. The mating receiver piece mounts on the door jamb. To lock the door, simply slide the bolt into the receiver.

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On some doors, the bolt will actually slide into the jamb, and so you will need to drill a hole for this. Choose a drill bit slightly larger in diameter than the bolt. To determine where to drill, you can extend the bolt until it hits the jamb and then draw a circle around the bolt at this location. The other way is to use lipstick and cover the end of the bolt with it. By extending the bolt, the lipstick will make a mark on the jamb when it contacts it. Then just drill a hole in this location and you are all done.

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