A great review of our new, convenient Smartlock plus a few helpful door knob installation tips if you’re wondering how to install a door knob
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Delaney Hardware. All opinions, images and love of pretty door hardware are 100% mine.
We’ve been making a lot of updates to our backyard this summer (see the family-friendly backyard tour here), and our most recent project is updating our garage side door hardware!
We have a convenient door right from our patio into our garage so we don’t have to always open the main garage door to grab something from the garage we want to use in the backyard.
But the problem with our old door knob was that we always lock it at night for security reasons, which means it’s pretty much always locked already whenever we head out to the backyard.
Which in turn meant if the main garage door was closed, in order to get in the side door to the garage, we either had to keep a key on us (not happening, haha) or run into the house to open the main garage door then run into the garage to unlock/open that side door. Not actually so convenient, huh?! (Yes, I realize is a total first world problem.)
Until we got our new Delaney Hardware ZW300 Smartlock installed on our side garage door, that is!
Now we can just quickly enter our code and get in the garage whenever we need to. (And we can now lock the door from the outside by just hitting a button the Smartlock!)
This pretty lock makes SUCH a difference! And bonus, it looks way better than that old door knob that had been there since we moved in.
If you’ve been around the blog for a while, you may recall we installed a Delaney Hardware ZW300 Smartlock on the main door to our house last year.
We absolutely love how convenient it is, plus it looks great. So I was really excited to replicate the exact look on our side garage door.
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Favorite smartlock features:
Here’s why I love our Smartlock so much I wanted another one for the garage:
- Keyless entry: Hello! Not having to deal with a key is priceless. (Although the lock does come with keys if you’re a key lover. But we’ve had our first Delaney Hardware Smartlock installed for over a year now and we’ve never needed the key.
- Multiple entry codes: You can set up to 30 entry codes so if you have to let in a neighbor, plumber, dog walker, etc., you can give them their own code instead of giving them your master code.
- Free Delaney Hardware app: You can easily track the codes and when they’re being used in the free Delaney app, which makes the whole process really convenient.
- Camera: The Smartlock comes with a camera so you can easily keep on an eye on your entry door.
- Batteries: The Smartlock takes AA batteries, which again, is convenient. I hate when you need a very specific type of battery for something that you wouldn’t normally keep on hand.
- Finish: The Smatlock pairs with any of Delaney Hardware’s knobs or levers in any of their finishes, so it’s easy to mix and match to get the exact look you want. We have matte black hardware for all of our exterior door knobs and lights, including this Smartlock.
Smartlock door knob installation tips:
This installation was a bit more of a process than last year’s, since this door only had the one door knob hole. If you already have a door knob hole plus your deadbolt hole, this project is EASY since you can just use those existing two holes. We had to drill a second hole for our keypad and another on the side for the deadbolt.
A few helpful tips for installing a door knob in this situation:
- This door lock installation kit was a huge help in marking where the door knob holes should be (use pencil). After you mark the holes, take the door kit off and put painters tape around the edge of your pencil marks. (Then put the door kit back on and proceed with the install.) The painters tape keeps the door from splintering.
- After you install the strike plate on the side of the door, put petroleum jelly on the edges of the deadbolt. Close the door and turn the deadbolt, then unlock and open the door. This will leave some jelly residue on your door frame to tell you exactly where the deadbolt hits so you can drill the hole in the correct spot.
- To get the face plates indented, trace along the outside of your face plates with a pencil. Take an X-ACTO knife and cut along the inside edge of your pencil mark. Then put on safety glasses and take a chisel and hammer to chisel up to carefully remove the pieces of the door where the face plates will rest. Never chisel side to side or you’ll risk splintering the wood.
We’re excited to have another smart feature in our house (they’re just so convenient) and to have really easy access to our garage from the backyard.
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