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Old 07-15-2012, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default Anyone use the Dewalt or Ryobi Door Lock kits?

I did some searching around on the forum, couldn't find a review for any of them. So I hope I'm not kicking a dead horse here but...

I just bought my house and we want to replace a few of the interior doors next weekend. I have seen both the Dewalt Door Lock Installation Kit and the Ryobi version. I was curious if any of you all might have any past experience with these?

The first thing that I notice when looking at them is that the Dewalt has a C-Clamp design to attach it to the door. The Ryobi on the other hand only has two metal springs which may allow it to move around on you if your not careful.

If you guys have any reviews of these or tips, please let me know.
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Old 07-15-2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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Default Re: Anyone use the Dewalt or Ryobi Door Lock kits?

I'm interested to know this also I have the kit and never used it.......subscribed
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:30 PM   #3
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Default Re: Anyone use the Dewalt or Ryobi Door Lock kits?

Get whichever one is the most rigid, if one is made of steel go for that one vs. plastic. I got the Irwin version, I think, and it is made of flimsy plastic. It is a pain to drill straight into the door with it. I have one door that ended up with a slightly off-center hole, and the hardware just doesn't fit right.
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Old 07-15-2012, 08:30 PM   #4
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Default Re: Anyone use the Dewalt or Ryobi Door Lock kits?

I picked up something similar to those and it worked just fine. Mine was similar to the ryobi version.

After I used it twice I realized that I could have done just about everything with a tri-square faster than with that jig.
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:03 PM   #5
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Default Re: Anyone use the Dewalt or Ryobi Door Lock kits?

They are fine for a homeowner looking to install a few locks, but won't hold up to a lot of use. I use the older Kwikset #136 or the newer model #138 and the jig from Pro-Lok. The aren't cheap, but can be used for many years.

http://www.amazon.com/Kwikset-138-IN.../dp/B0002YUPPO

https://www.pro-lok.com/pc-198-82-in...ation-kit.aspx
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Old 07-15-2012, 11:05 PM   #6
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Default Re: Anyone use the Dewalt or Ryobi Door Lock kits?

Thanks for the advise. I was definitely thinking of them being a pain when made of cheap plastic. It's really nice how they package them so you can't tell until you buy it and open them.

I was thinking of doing the layout and how it wouldn't be hard at all. Was just thinking this might make it a little easier. Who knows I may just buy a couple hole saws and do it the layout way anyway.
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Old 07-16-2012, 01:18 AM   #7
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Default Re: Anyone use the Dewalt or Ryobi Door Lock kits?

Wow what a coincidence. I just bought the Ryobi version just today (Sunday)and installed two lock sets with it. I give it 3 out of 5 stars. This is not a precision tool and doesn't give perfect results, but I got my lock sets in and they do work. If I did this more often I'd buy a professional set but for a few uses it's ok
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:18 AM   #8
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Default Re: Anyone use the Dewalt or Ryobi Door Lock kits?

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They are fine for a homeowner looking to install a few locks, but won't hold up to a lot of use. I use the older Kwikset #136 or the newer model #138 and the jig from Pro-Lok. The aren't cheap, but can be used for many years.
+1 I picked up the Dewalt one for a small job once, worked pretty decent for a few uses. But it's no where the same league as the professional sets like mentioned above.
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Old 07-16-2012, 06:56 AM   #9
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Default Re: Anyone use the Dewalt or Ryobi Door Lock kits?

I bought the Irwin version to do a couple of basement doors. It worked fine, no issues considering how cheaply made it is. The hole saws supplied with the kit got super smoking hot though during use, so I wouldn't be expecting to use it again with any sucess.
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Old 07-16-2012, 09:33 AM   #10
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Default Re: Anyone use the Dewalt or Ryobi Door Lock kits?

All locks come with a paper template and you really don't need a drilling jig to do the install. I was a locksmith on the road for many years and never used a jig.

Most standard cut outs use 2 1/8" and 1" bores now. They're called the "161 prep".
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:16 AM   #11
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i have used the ryobi one for a home owner it will work good for you
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Default Re: Anyone use the Dewalt or Ryobi Door Lock kits?

I saw Tom Silva use the dewalt kit on ask this old house if that counts for anything.

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