How to Cut a Hole for a Door Knob in a Metal Door
Nov 02, · What do i use to drill a hole in steel door for the knob? I got a hole saw, but the steel (tin) will destroy the teeth on it. I know the inside of the door is wood, but the outer covering is metal. The only way I can see is to drill about 50 small holes around the needed circle size, but that. Depress the drill trigger switch smoothly, and cut a hole through the first metal cladding layer on the door, through the foam core and then through the far side of the door’s cladding. The rod.
Thread starter anoldfart2 Start date Oct 31, What do i use to drill a hole in steel door for the knob? I got a hole saw, but the steel tin will destroy the teeth on it. I know the inside of the door is wood, but the outer covering is metal.
The only way I can see is to drill about 50 small holes around the needed circle size, but that seems like a pain. Any suggestions? Buy a better quality hole saw. A good one will have no trouble going thru that thin metal skin. Get a bimetal hole saw. Drill half way through, then dill all the way through with a bit the same size as the pilot bit, then drill through with the saw from the other side. I understand they make kits for doing this too. I has a jig that keeps every thing lined up and comes with the hole saw.
Edwin Pawlowski. AZ Nomad. Sacramento Dave. I use whole saws for steel studs, you can get allot of wholes out of one bit. Good Milwaukee whole saw they can be sharpened to. Lawrence Wasserman. George E. Actually it is more like holes and a small chisel for between the holes. That's the way I did it for locks in my steel doors. Now I would probably just buy the door hole saw intended for metal and wood doors. Available at Lowes and HD. I bought one just for wood doors recently.
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Mar 05, · Here is how to install a deadbolt lock on a metal door in five steps: Using a tape measure, measure the spot 42 inches from the bottom of the inside of your door. Add a mark using your Drill a hole on the door face using the two 1/8-inch hole saw, starting from your inside mark. Continue drilling. To drill the hole, first locate where you want it with a pencil. Then use a center punch with a hammer to tap a small indent right where you want the hole. If you don't have a center punch use a nail. If you don't tap a center mark, your drill will skate right across the surface of the door and scratch the paint.
With any luck, a metal door custom-made to fit your entryway will arrive with a hole already furnished for the lockset -- the correct term for a knob with a locking mechanism. If the hole has been provided, you can simply proceed with the knob installation. If not, you can make the best of the situation by obtaining the appropriate tool for the job -- namely, a bi-metal hole saw.
Place the template that comes with the lockset on the metal door. Mark with an X the center spot for the doorknob hole on each side of the door.
Dimple the target spot on one side by hammering a nail onto the X or fitting a jig centered on the X over the edge of the door to direct the hole saw. Take your time so you keep the drill perfectly perpendicular to the door surface. Place the rod in the pilot hole, without starting the drill yet, so it passes through the front and back metal panels of the door. The rod prevents the hole saw from wandering off course once it encounters the foam.
You've completed the hole for the door knob; next is the hole for the latch. Mark with an X the wooden edge of the door in line with the lockset hole and centered on the edge.
Hold its point against the X or the side of a jig centered on the X. Depress the drill trigger switch, and drill straight into the lockset hole to create a channel for the latch. This world adventurer and travel book author, who graduates summa cum laude in journalism from the University of Maryland, specializes in travel and food -- as well as sports and fitness.
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