I think it’s impressive that Kwikset is constantly trying to bring new products to market. Remember a couple years ago when they introduced the SmartKey technology? If you’re not familiar, they created a lock that any homeowner can re-key in about 30 seconds, and it works really well! I was excited when they offered up their latest innovation for review- the SmartCode lock.
The idea behind SmartCode is to provide a touchpad that homeowners can program themselves. This allows keyless access and the ability to lock your door with the push of a button. Some of the other perks include the SmartKey technology and an innocuous status light telling you whether the door is locked or not. Installing the lock was an easy process unless you fall into the same problem we had. Read on to learn what not to do.
P.S. If you’d like to learn more about the SmartKey lock, you can read our review here.
Removing the Old Lock
Fred and Kim have a two-hole door with some older hardware. To start this project we needed to remove the old handle and knob.
Removing a door knob can sometimes seem like a puzzle. Manufacturers want to provide a seamless solution, and so they hide things like set screws and catches where you can’t see them.
Once you get inside, most locks have two screws holding the inside and outside components together.
Installing the Kwikset SmartCode Lock
Note: Don’t be silly and use this walkthrough as a replacement for the directions. I’m wanted to share the installation process but did not include every step.
I unpacked all the parts and grabbed a screwdriver and tape measure.
The first step in the installation is to set the latch to the correct distance. Our door measured 2 3/4″ from the edge to the center of the hole.
Just slide that little pin to the correct setting.
Make sure you install the latch in the correct orientation with the angle facing the strike plate.
Next, grab the exterior keypad and snake the tether underneath the latch.
Kwikset provides a metal plate that mounts the internal portion. Line up the screw holes and tighten it down.
Find some tiny hands to press the electronic connection into the port.
There are two screws that hold the internal unit in place.
Now it’s time to attach the levers. The inside lever slides in place and there’s a little set screw that you tighten to keep it in place.
For the outside lever, start by inserting the lock cylinder.
Put the lever on and insert the key. Give it a quarter turn and the lever will slide on the rest of the way.
Tighten another set screw with the provided allen wrench.
At this point you’re almost done. Find four AA batteries and push them into the battery holder.
Just slide the battery holder in place, and the last step is to program the combination codes. Wait…. we have a problem.
No worries. That looks like a problem for Future Ethan. He’ll have to find a suitable work around. In the meantime, we’ll just slide the cover on top. Or not.
One Hole Doors Only
When we first received the SmartCode Lock we noticed a little graphic indicating that this lock should be installed on one-hole doors only. We were obviously concerned and asked Kwikset about it. To their credit, they didn’t actually tell us that the install would work. They didn’t answer the question, and I dropped the ball by not following up.
I got the OK to remove the deadbolt and completed the install. Programing the combinations was easy, and the one-button lock was really nice. Imagine not having to giving keys out to a realtor or neighbor. Lost your keys? No problem. It’s a great lock, and I recommend checking it out…. if your door only has one hole.
Now it’s time to replace the SmartCode lever with something that fits….
I am a member of the Kwikset-sponsored SmartSquad and occasionally receive incentives (like the SmartCode lock) to discuss issues related to home safety and security.