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Heavy Duty Strike for Door Lock

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  • Heavy Duty Strike for Door Lock

    The current deadbolt lock on my front door uses an ordinary face plate on the door jamb. I want to improve the kick-in strength of the door by installing a heavy duty strike plate (or metal strike box) which uses longer screws that attach to the stud along the door frame.

    My question is, what is the best way to get these long 3" screws completely into the stud? Can I drill a pilot hole, or would that compromise strength?

    I'm attaching a diagram to illustrate my task.

    Thanks in advance!
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    Re: Heavy Duty Strike for Door Lock

    You can drill a pilot hole. Any "kick in" is going to be against the screw, not trying to pull it. Or else use a torque screw and a driver /drill to set it in.