Ames Door Support Information
When locks are being installed in hollow doors, the interior space between the two panels should be supported to prevent them from moving. Unless this is done, two problems will result:
1) Tightening the lock screws will distort the door panels.
2) The lock screws will eventually become loose over time.
The Ames door support solves both problems. Simply fold it and then insert it into the hole before installing the lock. It fits snugly inside the door between the door panels and provides firm support. This prevents the panels from warping inward when the lock screws are tightened. In addition, unless the inside of the door is supported, the panels will move slightly due to expansion and contraction caused by temperature changes. This will eventually cause the screws in the lock assembly to loosen. The Ames door support keeps the door panels firmly in place. This ensures that the lock screws remain tight.
How to Install a Door Lock Support
The two ends of the door lock support will snap together to form a circle. The ends may be snapped together either before or after inserting it into the door, depending on the size of the hole. One end of the support has two segments, and each segment has a snap feature on it. To fit the support into smaller holes (1-5/8” or 1-1/2”), the first segment may be trimmed off so that the support forms a smaller circle when the ends are snapped together. When the door lock support is installed into a 2-1/8″ hole, no trimming is required.
For more information, please read the Ames door support brochure. In addition, the basic steps of replacing a door lock are explained in this article on the wikiHow website.
The Ames door support is constructed of super-tough reinforced nylon. It is made in the USA at our factory in Ohio. Dealer inquiries are welcome and additional quantity discounts are available. Please contact us for more details.