I want to install a deadbolt into the garage door but with that one beam of wood I feel someone could easily kick it open?

What's the best way to reinforce it before installing a deadbolt. Or if anyone has better lock suggestions I'd be open to them enter image description here


I would sister up another 2x4 inside of the existing stud (weird to see a single stud there anyway, usually you would have a stud and a trimmer). Secure it with screws along the entire length.

Use heavy bolts with washers from the opening/door side to the back side of the studs, above and below the strike plate/latch area. To make them sit flush on the opening/door side, countersink the heads.

Then install a heavy duty reinforced strike cup and plate unit, there are many types and sizes available:

enter image description here

  • Then put a sign on your gate that says "24 hour video surveillance and ARMED response". – Jimmy Fix-it Aug 6 '16 at 0:54
  • Would it be secure with the strike box cup/plate using only a door knob lock or also opt for a deadbolt? – ohmmy Aug 6 '16 at 1:31
  • They make them for regular lock strikes and for deadbolts but an additional deadbolt would add to strength vs. kick-in. Keep in mind that short of a steel door and frame there is no such thing a a kick proof door if the thief is determined. All you can hope for is enough strength to deter the bad guy to look for an easier target. Other supplemental security features (motion lights, gates, signs, cameras, etc.) will help, you want a multi-layered approach. – Jimmy Fix-it Aug 6 '16 at 1:40
  • Yeah true. It's my first house and I'm all weary about it. Luckily there are motion sensors already installed. Maybe I'll add those alarms that sound when a door is opened. Any recommendations on lock brands? Can't find any grade 1/2 locks at my local hardware stores all I've seen is grade 3. Isn't that the weakest kind? – ohmmy Aug 6 '16 at 1:54
  • Instead of the hardware store, pay a visit to a local reputable locksmith. I always try to find craftsmen who are members of a trade association or guild as it is one indicator of competence and reliability: Associated Locksmiths of America- www.findalocksmith.com/search.aspx – Jimmy Fix-it Aug 6 '16 at 2:05

I had a similar situation many years ago in an apartment where the door was kicked in. I cut out a section of the 2x4 jamb and replaced it with hard maple and a piece of bar stock. That is great for the jamb, but, like others have pointed out, the deadbolt itself and the door are no stronger.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.