Video:How To Install a Childproof Lock on a Cabinetwith Jennifer DeCristofano
Make your home a safer place for your toddlers and small children by installing childproof locks in just a few easy steps.See Transcript
Transcript:How To Install a Childproof Lock on a CabinetHi! I'm Jennifer DeCristofano for About.com Home.
Why Install a Childproof Lock
Little ones can become awfully curious about what's inside the kitchen cabinets, but cabinet doors can slam shut and pinch fingers, and sometimes the contents of the cabinet isn't safe for a small child to be playing with. So today I'm going to show you how to quickly install chhildproof locks on the inside of your kitchen cabinet doors to reduce safety hazards in the kitchen.
What You Need to Childproof a Lock
For this project, you will need:
- A childproofing cabinet door lock (these locks tend to consist of a mountable bracket with a flexible latch attached)
- 2 Quarter-inch screws
- A Philips head screwdriver
- A Number 2 pencil
Hang the Bracket for Your Childproof Lock
First, line up the latch bracket on the inside of the cabinet door where you think you'll want it. Holding the bracket of the latch in place against the door, practice closing the door to make sure the latch will smoothly connect and lock on to the inside of the cabinet frame. Once you have the latch in a position where you want it, mark the holes of the bracket on the inside of the cabinet door using your number 2 pencil.
Installing your Childproof Lock
Next, for ease of screwing in the bracket, use your quarter inch screws and your Philips head screwdriver to make a starter hole for each of the screws where the pencil marks are located. You don't need to screw them in all the way, just about halfway in, just enough to get a little hole started in the wood, then reverse the process and unscrew each of them.
Once you have the starter screw holes made for each of the screws, line up the bracket with the latch attached to the to the holes and go ahead and screw each of the screws in all the way.
So there we have it! Safety has returned to the kitchen!
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