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Yale Digital Door Lock

Say Goodbye to Keys

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by Jeff Patterson in Exterior DIY Projects

Cars are going keyless so why not houses?

If my 10 and 11 year old daughters love the Yale digital door lock you might too.

I installed one because our kids are getting older and need a reliable way to get into the house.

And let’s just say I’m not totally convinced they can keep track of keys.

I installed this lock in about 30 minutes on a Saturday morning and know  you could do the same thing.

Check out the tutorial to see how cool it is. Plus, there’s a tiny surprise at the end — don’t miss out!!

Why I Love Digital Door Locks

I’m just gonna say it: KEYS SUCK.

They get lost.

Or they don’t work.

It’s worth it to have a door lock – especially the main door – that will always work.

Last winter was so cold in Pittsburgh that the keyhole on our front door froze solid.

Yah it was COLD.

-10 Fahrenhet is chilly to me.

The Yale digital door lock I got doesn’t have a keyhole to freeze up.

You might be thinking “well that’s nice but what if the batteries die smarty pants?”

Yale thought about that and has a nifty solution to that issue.


The Supply List

But before I get to that here are the supplies you need

  • Phillips screwdriver (FREE)
  • Drill or Impact Driver (FREE or borrow)
  • Drill Bits (FREE or borrow)
  • Phillips Head Drill Bit (FREE or borrow)
  • 2 Inch Wood Screws ($4 for a few dozen)
  • Yale Real Living Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt T1L ($199)
  • A Finger (haha) (FREE)
  • 9V Battery ($4)


Another short supply list. That should tell you how easy this installation will be.

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • How to install a Yale digital door lock (specifically a Yale key free deadbolt)

Here’s my step-by-step installation.


How to Remove the Old Deadbolt

First step: remove your old deadbolt.

No problem.

Remove deadbolt

Remove only one screw or bolt holding the front & back of the deadbolt together.

Then open your door. Squeeze the deadbolt with one hand and loosen the second screw.

This prevents the deadbolt from dropping to the ground or busting your toes.

Use your drill or screwdriver to remove the two screws that hold the deadbolt mechanism to the door frame.



How to Install the Yale Deadbolt

Now you can open the box that holds the Yale key free deadbolt.

The deadbolt comes in three pieces: a front & back and adjustable deadbolt mechanism

The front is the touchscreen and the back is the locking mechanism.

Start by testing the sliding of the deadbolt mechanism.

Test deadbolt sliding mechanism

Turn the lever and make sure the deadbolt moves smoothly in and out. I show you how to do this in the video.

This is important because you don’t want to install everything then realize the bolt isn’t moving.

I admit this happened to me. It kinda stunk and I had to uninstall everything.


How to Determine the Setback

Once you confirm the deadbolt mechanism works determine the setback distance for it.

It’s either 2 3/8 or 2 3/4 inches long.

You can look at the old deadbolt or measure from the center of the door hole to the door edge.

This will give you the measurement you need.

There’s a small button on the side of the deadbolt mechanism. You can push it inward to pull the deadbolt out to 2 3/4 inches.

Place the deadbolt mechanism into the door keyhole. Make sure it’s facing UP.

Deadbolt mechanism faces up

Then use your drill to secure the it to the door using two 2 inch screws.


Strike Plate Installation

Replace your existing strike place or keep it if it works with the Yale deadbolt.

Either way, make sure the screws for the strike plate are 2 to 3 inches and go through the jamb into the supporting 2 x 4s.

Strike Plates

ATTENTION all door lock companies…. please provide 2 inch screws instead of dinky 1 inch screws.

JEEZ LOUISE.Use 2 inch screws

I don’t know why but all door locks come with 1 inch screws. My 10 year old daughter could kick in a door that uses 1 inch screws.

Okay, maybe she’d have to be really mad. But she does have one heck of a temper.


Installing the Touchscreen

Grab the touchscreen and slide the wire connector under the deadbolt mechanism.

Make deadbolt plumb

Slide the deadbolt bracket (for the back portion) onto the door.

Hand tighten the two bolts that hold the bracket to the touchscreen display.

Make sure the bracket and touchscreen are plumb (straight up and down). Then tighten the two screws with a drill or screwdriver.

At this point you can attach the wire cable from the touchscreen to the back of the deadbolt.

You can mount the back of the deadbolt to the bracket using two small screws.

Once you add the 4 AA batteries the deadbolt will prompt you to program a master code.

This can be used to unlock your door and program other pin codes into the deadbolt.

What I like best is that you can program up to 25 pin codes. So one for the kids and one for the contractor in my case.

Check out my video to see how easy it is to install this lock, program it and get into your house.


What’s Next

My family loves this Yale door lock – here’s the link to get the latest version.

Kwikset’s Kevo is also another option and our tutorial explains the details.

Grab our free guide if you’re doing a DIY bathroom remodel – it shares how to remodel a bathroom in 10 days or less

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Thanks as always for reading, watching, and being part of our awesome community.

Ask your questions below and we’d be happy to help.


Jeff Patterson





P.S. Our online store has great supplies for homeowners doing a bathroom remodel. You’ll find shower systems, tiling tools, and more.

  1. Greg says:

    My wife would love this because when she goes running she doesn’t like to carry keys.

    1. Good point Greg. Man, there are so many reasons to get rid of keys. Running with pieces of metal jangling around your waist is not a good idea. I did this once and learned a very valuable lesson. I’ll leave it at that.

  2. Rich Bell says:

    My wife and I work so much. We’d love to have this product so that friends can come to the house and let our two dogs outside for us during those long work days when they’re all alone. Great work on the videos. I always look forward to your new ones Jeff. Keep it up!

    1. Thanks Rich. I never thought about the dogs needing to be let out. That’s a great use for this lock.

      Can you tell we don’t walk our guinea pigs… we tried once but it didn’t go so well.

  3. Nancy Leszczynski says:

    Thank you Yale for being so generous about donating to Habitat for Humanity and for donating a Yale touchscreen door lock as a prize. I can’t wait to see if I win and get a chance to follow the awesome installation instructions Jeff’s provided. Even if I don’t win, I’m going to change out the screws on the deadbolt to longer ones like you’ve suggested! Thanks.

    1. Good idea Nancy, longer screws are better than the short 1 inchers. It is nice that 10% is going to HFH. I haven’t worked with HFH yet in my area and would like to check it out.

      Do you have any experience with them?

      1. Nancy Leszczynski says:

        No I don’t have any experience with HFH. I should look them up though and see what I can do to help them.

  4. Luis says:

    I know this has nothing to do with the Yale lock but, I wanted to ask you, how hard is it to replace a door without jamb/frame (trying to use the existing frame)???

    Thanks in advance!

    1. If it’s a wood door not too hard Luis. You can actually use the old door as a template for the new one. But if it’s a metal door you’ll want to replace the entire unit.

      Are you trying to fix an interior or exterior door?

  5. Chris says:

    Looks very good, plus easy to install

    1. You’re right on both points Chris. One other thing I like is the ability to “jump” the lock with a 9V battery if it loses power. Cool idea.

  6. Sarah says:

    I am a senior that lives alone and just had radical back surgery so for these reasons and possibly more I would be honored to win.

    1. Oh my Sarah, hope you feel better. Back surgery is always tough. Get better soon 🙂

  7. David says:

    jeff – great post/video about installing locks … tips that I can use no matter which deadbolt I go with. I love this one, however … would make it so easy to let other people into my house when I am not there. Thanks for this!

    1. Glad you liked it David. It does make it easy to let friends or family into the house when you’re gone.

  8. Garver Brown says:

    Yes I need a new door lock my old one has seen its best times.

    1. I hear yah Garver, although some older door locks look so neat. It’s a shame they have to be replaced.

  9. Pam B says:

    I’ve been shopping around for a keyless lock and this one looks easy enough that I could even install it myself. I like the different code settings for the different people. This would be ideal for my needs.

    1. You could definitely install it Pam. It’s easy. The only issue I had at first was setting the deadbolt mechanism to 2 3/4 inches. But I’m thick headed and didn’t see the push button on the side to adjust the length. DUH.

      It’s one of the simplest installations I’ve done.

  10. Aimee says:

    Love this!!! I’ve been getting used to this method of entry slowly. First the garage door, then the car. It’d be sweet to have one on my home. Thanks Jeff. Another item on my wish list.

    1. Yah Aimee, I wish I had a code for my car. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve locked my keys in the trunk. NO FUN.

      Pretty soon we’ll all be using retina scans for our stuff, haha.

  11. Ed Balek says:

    This would be a great feature to enhance the front entryway.

    1. It is a nice looking lock Ed. Sure, there are nicer ones but for a touchscreen display it’s pretty darn sweet.

  12. Susan Murray says:

    I used a touchscreen lock for the first time recently on a home I rented for vacation —it was so easy and convenient—and no keys to worry about losing. Perfect. I would love one for my own home and 4 teens—again, no keys to lose!!

    1. If it’s good for vacation rentals it’s good for normal homes, right 🙂

      Yes, for some reason teens and husbands lose keys. Why is that, haha.

  13. Winona says:

    This sounds great! We bought a house in the spring, and while it has a garage door keypad, it does not work, and we have so many other things that we’d like to do with the house that it’s fallen by the wayside. Having a keyless way for our kids (ages 8 and 5) to get in would be fantastic, as well as neighbors in the event of an emergency!

    1. Our kids are about the same age Winona and it’s reassuring that they have a way to get into the house if they’re staying with neighbors and we’re not around. So this kind of lock would come in handy for sure for all us parents 😉

  14. Madra Fischer says:

    I would like a way to let my farm tenants into my house when needed and also wonder if my local fire and ambulance crews could have a number to use if I need them in an emergency. Sounds like a winner of an idea.

    1. Great ideas Madra, I think you’d like the lock

  15. Nancy Payton says:

    excellent tip on holding both sides of the lock being removed. My big toe remembers that rule now… and i agree that two-inch screws should be the standard in the package. I would absolutely love this lock to use on my front door, because i have a couple of family members who are SO bad at keeping keys on them! But most of all, i have been trying to pare down my keychain, and if i had this lock, i would then be down to one car key and one mailbox key only. woot! Plus, my neighbors think i’m the high-tech guru for miles around, and this lock would fit my idiom. 😉

    1. Haha, yes once you get categorized as the high-tech guru it’s hard to lose it. I forgot about the twenty million key issue Nancy. I have way too many keys on my keychain.

      If I get into a car accident they’ll have to remove twenty keys from my right knee. Ouch.

      Hope your big toe recovered 🙂

  16. Gerald Bratcher says:

    What a great idea! Finally NO MORE KEYS!!! This lock has so many possibilities, like if you have company coming & You can’t be at home when they arrive You can give them their own code. No more hidden key that the crooks can easily locate. Thanks Jeff for Your very helpful post & videos every Friday! They are so helpful!!!

    1. My mother-in-law has a similar keypad lock and she does that all the time Gerald. She’ll give the code to friends who want to stay at her house and it works out great.

      I have lockboxes on all my rentals but a keypad system would work even better. Not to mention that I could just wipe the code when tenants move out. You’re right, there are a lot of possibilities.

  17. CJ Freihaut says:

    I love it! We lose keys, they break, or the kids make copies and we don’t know where they go. This would make a huge difference.

    1. Sounds like we’ve had similar issues CJ. I didn’t even think of the problem of lost keys. Good thing most people would just throw them away, unless of course the address is on them.

      I’ll be right back, gotta erase some writing on my keys…. LOL

  18. J. Wentz says:

    This would be a great gift from my daughter as our grandsons are at the age where they are coming home to an empty house and have to enter by themselves. One of them as already “lost” his house key (thank goodness it was found again) leading to lots of anxiety for everyone.

    1. We’re going through the same life change. It is a good feeling to know the kids can get in even if we’re not home.

  19. George Dougherty says:

    We need this my oldest son has autism. It would give us piece of mind that he can’t get out

  20. Shari says:

    This is really a neat idea. Using the key pad you can get in faster than messing with keys. Also, if someone lived alone and someone takes care of them would be able to get in and supply help. I would love to have this my mom is 76 and she has problems seeing the key hole so this would help.

    1. Thanks Shari for your comment cause I think a lot of us will be in the same position as our parents get older. I for one worry about my Mom and Dad and can’t remember where I put their key!!!

  21. Lidia Cobb says:

    I already have a keyless entry for my car and I would love to have one on my house.
    I would never have to search the bottom of my purse for keys!
    Love all of your helpful posts. Sooo informative!


    1. Another great point Lidia, no more searching for keys at the bottom of a purse. Or switching the keys to another purse. Glad this helped 🙂

  22. Hi, Jeff! Looks easy enough to install. Our daughter keeps telling us that “it’s 2014–why are we still struggling with key locks?”

    1. I tell my Mom and Dad the same thing Lillace, haha. They’ve had the same lock since 1970!!! I guess it still works 🙂

  23. Donna Nelson says:

    I need this because I constantly lock myself out….and all the grown children always need to come by to pick things up when we’re not home…you know , like that apple pie or those extra football….

    1. LOL, this might actually save you more money than you think Donna. Wait a minute, what kind of football tickets are we talking about.. Steelers?

  24. Mary says:

    My daughter’s Ex of ten years likes to freeload off of her and me and we have to change the keys and/or locks. This key-free lock would prevent the repeated expense.

    1. I’d love to see the look on his face Mary when he tries to open the door. That would be funny. Although please be careful if he has a temper.

      It wouldn’t be a bad idea to reinforce you door just in case he tries to break it down. Check out this tutorial I did because it might give you a good idea of how to do that project

  25. Teresa Hoye says:

    I would love to win this, my Mom is moving in with me and it would be so easy for her to get into the house and not search for her keys.
    Thank you for a great video!

    1. You’re super welcome Teresa. Glad it helped introduce another idea to you. I think this would be a great option for two people living together since it would eliminate the worry of losing keys.

  26. Leila says:

    Jeff, I dig your videos, they are so helpful, clear to the point, upbeat and you explain everything in such a easy way! Your videos give me the confidence that I could DIY! The keyless door lock is amazing. It would definitely help when my 3 year old twins lock me out of the house, lol 🙂

    1. Haha, twins are always mischievous. My roommates in college were twins and they constantly told stories of about playing pranks on people.

      There’s no doubt you could install this door lock Leila.

  27. joe says:

    My wife wears a First Alert around her neck. It is really a one button cell phone to get the EMTs. She could give the EMTs the combination so the EMTs won’t need to knock the door down.

    1. Wow Joe, that’s one thought that never crossed my mind. Being able to give a code to EMTs could literally be a lifesaver. Poor Phalbe just went through this ordeal.

      1. Joe says:

        Once installed, I’ll go to the fire station and see if they can record the code in case she falls and is so disabled that she can no longer talk. Plus, if the code works, the EMTs know they have the right house. Everyone knows about First Alert due to advertisement. We really have a 5 Diamond from Walmart ($50 + $20 a month). I’m not selling anything. The difference is that with First Alert there is a receiver on the table. So you better fall in the same room with the receiver. 5 Diamond has a GPS so they can find you in the backyard or in another state. Plus it is water proof. The first model was not water proof and we found out the hard way. I’m interested in saving lives and not selling a thing.

        1. Thanks so much Joe for mentioning 5 Diamond. I had no idea what it was and believe it’s always a great idea to share this kind of stuff with our community. Especially since none of us are getting younger. Fantastic info buddy.

  28. Phalbe Henriksen says:

    I recently spent four days lying on the floor before emergency services chopped my door open with an axe. Then I spent many weeks in the hospital and rehab. Now I have to replace my door. This keyless lock could be a life-saver for me. I would loved to win it.

    1. Oh my goodness Phalbe, are you okay!!! I haven’t heard from you in some time.

      Are you doing better now?

  29. Deb says:

    I SO need one of these! My mom lives alone and is constantly locking herself out of her house. We’ve been looking at something like this so that I’m not constantly running down with my keys. Yes, we have extra keys made that have been placed for her all over her yard, but she uses them to get in and then forgets to replace them back in those spots! Also, most have ended up missing.
    What a lifesaver this would be, and so easy to install. Win, win. (wink)
    Thanks for the link with the discount in case my name isn’t the lucky one. You’re great Jeff!

    1. Oh yah Deb, this would a fantastic option for your Mom and for you. That way if she got locked out you could be sure to get her in the house safely. Now you have me thinking about this for my parents 🙂

  30. Ronald Harris says:

    We have keys everywhere… children not at home so they have access at anytime they come home or are passing through… hidden Emergency Keys outside the home, just in case… a key or two with an Emergency Friend in case we are away… etc… use of this and a separate code for each is incredible – got to have, or at least seriously consider… would be able to put the shop and home on the same code for my wife & I. Just Love It!

    1. I agree with you Ronald, it’s such a great option for busy people. And the best part is you don’t have to remember who you gave the keys to and then ask for them back.

  31. Vanessa says:

    With school back in session, my child is bound to forget her keys to get in the house! This would make everyone’s lives so much less stressful when that happens!

    1. Ditto Vanessa. We have a similar scenario in our house 🙂

  32. Patti B says:

    This is the coolest thing and it kept getting cooler with every comment I read about why I need one of the these! Going out to walk the dog or for some exercise, so the kids can continue to get in the house without having to make ANOTHER one for the one they lost (and goodness knows where it is), to let people in when you can’t be at home and last but not least, to be the absolute COOLEST person on the block, DUH!! Thanks to you and thanks to Yale for supporting Habitat for Humanity!

    1. Whoa, those are all great reasons to get one Patti. Thanks for adding your ideas to the mix 🙂

  33. Kathy says:

    Hi Jeff. Loved the tutorial..I’m totally an amateur DIYer but your step-by-step made it look like even I can give this a try! This is great for emergencies when you need to let some trusted family member/neighbor gain entry to your house and also a home security bonus: no more hiding the extra key and then worrying that hiding place hasn’t really outsmarted a potential burglar! And I’m so impressed w/Yale’s donation/promotion to HFH, a great organization that’s improved my own neighborhood!

    1. Nice point Kathy about not outsmarting any would-be burglar. I have lockboxes on our rental homes but do worry that someone could easily break them open.

      Yah, it’s super cool that Yale is supporting HFH. That’s a great thing and I’d love to get more involved myself 🙂

  34. Char says:

    Hi Jeff–
    opinion still out on this. Friend had keyless car door. first kept forgetting code and once she got it down, it never worked right. Who knows–perhaps she hadnt forgotten, but rather lock never right.
    Other thing–boring? I just hate to see any more battery operated things in this world. They are not disposed of properly and are destroying our water supplies. What do we really sacrifice for convenience?
    I do see use in many instances posted, and yet————–

    1. I hear yah Char, batteries do bother me as well. I have a box of old ones sitting in my garage that need to be discarded in the right way. Fortunately the local township as a depository for them.

      Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a solar powered option. That’s really the next step and it wouldn’t be too difficult to brainstorm. Maybe our DIY community should figure this out.

    2. Patricia D says:

      Char, please bear in mind that these things may not be a sacrifice for pure convenience but rather almost a real necessity for some.

  35. Tyler says:

    Would love one. Hope Apple really brings home automation to the forefront. Thanks for the tutorial.

    1. Me too Tyler. I’m excited to see what Apple has in store for us in September.

      Yes, I’m an Apple lover – sorry Android fans. I’m also a kid of the early 80s and remember Apple being generous to our school. It’s the small stuff that makes me a loyalist 🙂

  36. joe says:

    I once sold a house. The real estate agent wants a key for open house and suggests I not be there. Just see how much trouble it is to get that key back. Who knows how many copies were made. The saving grace is crooks mainly want cash, so break ins are not so common any more.

  37. dennis says:

    another great tutorial jeff. I can sure use this. my wife has locked herself out, twice now.

    1. We all have goofy locked out stories. I did this one time and had to wait on the front steps of my house. And it started to rain. Oh well, they make for great party conversations, haha.

  38. elaina says:

    Being a woman, we carry so many things like our purse, grocery bags & then having to dig for the keys with all this in hand is very hard & gets even harder once you are older, like me being a senior citizen things just seem to get harder any way. What a dream to be able to walk up & just quickly key in a number sequence & bam your in!!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win one, as being a senior citizen with limited income makes it hard to purchase expensive items.

    1. Thanks so much Elaina, I agree that it’s hard to open doors when you’re hands are so full. The last thing you need is to try and find a key. And it can be dangerous depending on the neighborhood or weather conditions.

      Please stay safe 😀

  39. Margo says:

    My sister recently installed a similar lock and I love it so simple to use. Our house is like grand central station. We have people moving in and out coming in and out and for some reason no matter where I go they don’t seem to be able to make a key that works for our lock. So at this point we don’t even lock the house anymore probably not the smartest idea.

    1. Well, if you live in a safe neighborhood Margo I’m sure it’s okay. Although this option is a better way to go. Your house sounds warm and inviting. Perfect 🙂

  40. Julie Roddy says:

    I would love to win one of these because it is a pain to carry keys when I am walking my dog all the time. Lots of times I have no pockets so this would be so handy! I love the technology. Thanks for your newsletter Jeff. You do a great job!

    1. Thanks so much Julie. I also like to walk or run without keys. You’re right, this lock is a great option for people who don’t like keys 🙂

  41. Connie says:

    Jeff, I notice that there is a thumb latch for the inside of the door. Since we have a lot of glass in the door and sidelights we always use a double key-locking deadbolt. We don’t want someone to smash through the glass, open the thumb latch and have their way with us. Yikes! Does Yale have any answer to this problem? I think this would be a much better choice than hiding an extra key on a shelf at the back of the shop. Even (partially) grown up kids lose keys!
    I actually went to Habitat Restore today and bought 10 Yale doorknobs. What a great store! And kudos to Yale.
    The knobs are polished nickel. How should I proceed with your doorknob make-over using spray paint? I imagine I can just change the final coat, right? Love all your hints and use them,too.

    1. You’re spot on Connie with the double-keyed entry. I have some rentals and one gotten broken into a few years back. The robbers did break the glass and reached through to unlock the door. Since then I use double-keyed locks for doors with glass.

      I’m not sure Yale has a digital lock that is double-keyed. It might be something they’re working on but I didn’t look into it yet.

      Restores are cool. If you want to paint the locks sand them first or scuff them pretty good. Then paint them with a primer or paint/primer. I like Rust-Oleum. After a few coats of paint add a clear sealer. Rust-Oleum makes a good one that I recommend.

  42. Dale McKillips says:

    Another winner Jeff!
    Thank you

  43. Leslie says:

    Jeff, you are so funny! I was just imagining guinea pigs going for a walk! We have a dog walker who comes to take our Aussie pup for walk while we are working. I’ve been leaving the door unlocked. I would feel a whole lot better about having a keyless entry! I’ll ask her about your guinea pigs! She loves our chickens and asked me to name one after her. She was so excited, she kissed the chicken! Thanks for your videos. I am getting braver all the time using tools!

    1. Lol, glad you chuckled Leslie. Our girls tried to walk the guinea pigs but it didn’t work well at all. Plus there’s a hawk that lives in the maple behind our house. Can you say dinner time!!

      So happy that you’re getting braver. Don’t ever hesitate to ask a question. I’d be happy to help.

  44. Lisa says:

    I would love this because I’m tired of having my lock freeze up in the winter and it would be so nice to be able to not worry about whether or not I have the house key.

    1. I never gave much thought to our lock freezing up Lisa until last winter. Temps hit -10F and caused our door lock to freeze like a popsicle. I’m glad the garage door opener worked.

  45. I’ve had my eye on one of these, but it’s a bit pricey for me. I need a kitchen first. This lock would come in handy for me when I need a friend to check on my kitty when I’m away.

    1. A lot of fans have said this would come in handy for pets. I’m glad this topic was brought up cause it didn’t even cross my mind. I guess guinea pigs don’t qualify as an official pet, haha.

  46. Nick Conrad says:

    Hey Jeff,
    This is a great idea for man cave shop. No keys to forget, loose, loan out, etc. Just get yourself over to the shop, open the passage door and get busy!
    Nick Conrad
    Auburn, Al ( home of the Auburn Tigers )

    1. I wish I had a separate man cave entrance Nick. Now that would be slightly cool.

  47. Oh, I like this! Just told my husband, too.

  48. Bob says:

    After lacking ourselves out a bunch of times, my wife and I would love this.

    Great giveaway!


    1. I’ve locked myself out a few times, too. No fun. Thanks Bob 🙂

  49. Cathy says:

    Right now half the neighborhood has a key to our house so this would be soo much easier! Thanks.

    1. Well at least you have people to call if you get locked out Cathy, haha 🙂

  50. FRAN says:

    would love to win this and follow your diy video so i can replace the lock that my husband had to install upside down due to some weird reason that only made sense to him.

    1. Haha, who knows what us husbands are thinking 😀

  51. Char says:

    Well thanks Jeff—after reading today I thought further. Being of a generous age, the EMT thing is to be considered heavily. I think I may be changing my mind here………….the uses you suggested , after thinking on them, are becoming more and more compelling. As is the fact that you never steer us wrong.
    they WILL be out there, and If I do have one at least I know I will dispose of batteries correctly.

    1. Thanks Char for adding your additional thoughts. There’s so much to think about as we get older. The EMT thought does raise some good questions.

      I really appreciate your kinds words 🙂

  52. Mary Grant says:

    As a Realtor, I think this is a great housewarming gift!

    1. Oh my god, I would have loved this as a house warming gift. Great idea Mary.

  53. Char says:

    PS- solar option would be fantastic. Never regretted for a minute the solar hot water system we pinched money to have. [except Grumman going out of business and the cost of hot water heater–others truly shoddy]
    How about solar outside lights since solar came up?
    Have a rental with stairs on North side. Absolutely no light of any kind near by.
    Been looking for one with panel that can be put some distance–like on the West/ SW side–run under a 40 ‘ deck to the stairs. Also must be placed so snow shoveling does not destroy–that why thinking running under deck.
    7 stairs with 1st and top really needing some illumination for safety.
    Read many reviews =all with complaints that lighting does not last long enuf. Negative on brightness as well, altho even dull light would show at least location of stairs.

  54. Debbie Sims says:

    This would be a great addition to my new door. My husband would stop losing the keys. Numbers he doesn’t forget but keys, he never knows where he left them! Hope I win!! Love you DIY Videos!!

  55. vicki says:

    Anytime you don’t have to turn a doorknob is sweet music to hands that are arthritic. Think arthritis is just for “old” folks, think again. You’d be surprised how many middle aged people are looking for less painful ways for their hands. So, pushing a button instead….. every little bit helps!

  56. femi fasanya says:

    This will be a God send because my son just started school a walking distance from home. Well 2 weeks of school means two lost keys. This unit will save me a lot of money. Plus my father in law is disabled and when he goes out for a wheelie he leaves the garage door open. Well I always forget and I close it, this will mean that he doesn’t have to wait to get back into the house (he can’t reach the keyless entry pad for the garage)

  57. Liliana Wells says:

    I like the idea of having different codes for different people. My husband and I travel, so it would be great for our neighbor who watches the pets to have her own code to get in to care for them.

  58. Brent D Vaughan Sr says:

    Great product!!! Could really use another!!!

  59. Stephen says:

    I would love this lock for our home! Since my wife and I are usually out during most of the day, with work and school, we have friends graciously walk our dog for us. This would be perfect!

  60. Thank you Yale for being so generous about donating to Habitat for Humanity and for donating a Yale touchscreen door lock as a prize. We’d love to have this product, I’m alone most nights and just last night someone was wondering outside my house. so this would make me feel a lot safer and quicker entry when I come home late.

    1. Thanks Darlene for adding your perspective. Please, pretty please, stay safe. How scary that must have been. Don’t hesitate to call the police if you suspect that person is scoping out your home. It’s worth the call.

  61. Patricia D says:

    Hi Jeff, Thank you so much for all of your contributions on this site. My story: About a month and a half ago I broke my right wrist. I needed a cast for awhile followed by a wrist guard and when they took x-rays discovered that I also had gout in that wrist adding difficulty to the arthritis I suffered in my hands and fingers. Since I have been undergoing physical therapy and have had to once or twice daily dunk my hand and wrist into a hot paraffin bath and continue with exercises provided by the therapist. Since I am at a below poverty level, live alone and on social security I estimate it would take me about 90 to 100 months to save up enough to buy one of these key-less entry devices on my own considering I could only put aside about $1 to $3 per month. I would love to be able to provide these free of charge or at a very reduced price to others in similar situations and I know there are many more out there. I now leave at least one door unlocked many days so I am able to get into my home.

    1. Hi Patricia, so sorry to hear about your wrist. My Mom has the gout in her foot and it’s so painful. I’m sure you have been working hard to get back to normal. But it’s very difficult. Thanks so much for sharing your story. You get better soon

  62. Lisa Gannetta says:

    I would love this keylock as my grandchildren always loose keys. They have been locked out a few times and had to wait on the steps until someone got home…. Also, my mother-in-law, who lives with us has trouble walking and carrying things and has arthritis and her hands are bad. This would be wonderful for her too! I do not really have much money and this would be considered a luxury, so to win would be really nice 🙂

    1. Thanks Lisa for your kind words. It appears that your family is very fortunate to have you. Our family is so lucky to have two awesome grandmas (my mom and mother-in-law) like you. Keep up the hard work, grand parents are so important to the world 😀

  63. Dale C. McKillips says:

    Great looking product from Yale. Thanks for the info.

    1. It’s way cool Dale. Glad you like it too 🙂

  64. Dirk Smit says:

    Digital door lock? Why not? Good for Yale for inventing this. Would love one. Neighbors look after our property often when we’re away for a few days. They deserve each to have easy access to our property. Good tutorial video as well. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Dirk, glad it helped you. You have nice neighbors. We do too. It’s so cool to have people you can count on 🙂

  65. Becky says:

    I could really use this lock…technology…got to love it!

    1. Technology is pretty darn awesome. Especially when it helps improve home stuff 🙂

  66. Becky says:

    Forgot to say that I need it because I am disabled and sometimes bringing my dog into the house with bags and a purse and then fiddling with keys can be a wee bit much! Thanks!

    1. It does sound like you have your hands full Becky.

  67. tom says:

    The timing of your keyless deadbolt came at the perfect moment.My 14yr old forgot to put the spare key back in our outdoor hiding spot and found himself locked out.He proceeded to attempt entrance via the garage window, which now has left me with more diy duties.This deadbolt is the answer!

    1. Oh boy Tom, sounds like he had good intentions. Oh well, at least he didn’t get hurt.

  68. Mary Taylor says:

    I would love to win one because I have 3 kids that always lose their keys!! They wake me up in the middle of the night when they open the garage door. Yes, it’s loud!

    Thanks Jeff! I hope I win!

    1. Oh boy Mary, I know for sure that I woke my parents up when I was in high school. Haha, isn’t that kids are suppose to do to parents.

      But you’re right. This would help improve your sleeping pattern.

  69. Melissa says:

    We would LOVE this! My husband works odd hours and I’m epileptic so I have to give keys to my neighbors and a few select friends so that they can get into the house in case of emergency. I give out keys but keys are so easily lost, so I rarely have a full support system.

    It would be wonderful to have one of these. Thanks for your consideration!

    1. Thanks Melissa for sharing your perspective. Especially since you have a medical condition. This could really come in handy for you.

  70. Nick Conrad says:

    I would recommend that your DYI friends drill a pilot hole for the 2″ or longer screws. Some of the old door jams were framed with very close grain pine ( esp in the south ). Without pilot holes you may break off the screw or bugger up the head so you have to get vise grips to back it out. When using a power tool to push the screws go slow so as not to crack the head. I would recommend phillips head with a little rub of bar soap on the threads ( not the screw head ) to allow the screw to move smoother into the pilot slot.
    DYI friends can solve some sagging door problems by tightening up the hings screws on exterior doors et. al.
    Nick Conrad
    Auburn, AL

    1. Great tips Nick. Thanks so much for mentioning them. You’re right, there’s nothing worse than splitting wood.

      Hey, how was your first football weekend of the year?

      1. Nick Conrad says:

        Hey Jeff,
        We have a tail gate spot for our 86 Coachman under a giant southern pecan tree on campus. Game was good but we had lightening delay of 1 1/2 hours, wind, pouring down rain. Great day for football in the SEC. Our tail gate awaits you! Nick
        PS: the RV has a potty for the ladies…keeps things pleasant….

        1. Sweet Nick, you have a men’s room and women’s room. Man that must be one awesome RV!!

    2. Laura says:

      My back door has a newly installed security door and matching frame. Problem is, the screws that go into the strike plate keep pushing out because the wooden door jamb is rotted. When the screws push out, even a little bit, I can’t close the security door. Once I got locked out because the door got caught on the loose screws and I couldn’t budge it. I certainly wish the contractor had fixed or replaced the rotted wood before installing the frame and door, but he didn’t mention it. And I can’t just remove the strike plate, because it sits atop the steel frame that surrounds the door. Anyway, your post has me thinking that if I pulled out the screws and used longer ones they might reach into the 2x4s behind the rotted door jamb, and hopefully that wood is in good condition and will actually hold the screws. Thanks!

      1. Let me know how that goes Laura, it is a good temporary fix to use longer screws. Sorry to hear your jamb has rotted. You might be able to fix the rotted portion with wood epoxy. It could be a cheaper solution if there’s only a small section that’s rotted.

        I’d be happy to take a look at pictures.

  71. We have 4 grown children that are always misplacing their keys or arranging with us to drop something off at our house. It would be so convenient for them to have their own code to just enter regardless. I’m hoping that I’m the lucky one. Thanks Jeff for the wonderful tutorials and I hope i win!

    1. You could give each child their own code Judy. So it would come in handy 🙂

  72. roseann says:

    Hi and yes, I really would love to win this great lock!! As a widowed senior planning hip replacement surgery in a month or so, this would be such a big help when I return from rehab and will still need to take it easy. I expect to have relatives frequently checking in on me so I can give codes to those I want without worrying if I have to struggle getting to the door to let them in nor worry about even answering the door to strangers. Thank you for this chance.

    1. Thanks Roseann for your comment. I hope your hip surgery goes well. Please let me know if you need any DIY advice. I’d be happy to help.

  73. Michele Lusk says:

    I would love one for home security. I caregive my 88 year old dad and he sleeps downstairs. He has dementia and I am afraid to sleep well at night for fear he will wander. this would ease my mind tremendously. Thanks for the opportunity.

    1. You’re such a good daughter Michele. I hope my girls take care of me when I get older. Please let me know if you have any DIY questions. I’d be happy to help 😉

  74. Kate says:

    I would LOVE this for my kids- who have lost more keys than I can count! Great post!

  75. Nick Parimucha says:

    The thought of not having to use keys to unlock the door to your house sounds great.

  76. Dyna says:

    I would love not to need to give copies of keys to everyone in the household… And then try to remember to take my house keys out when I take my car to the mechanic… Then try to remember where I placed those keys. The possibilities are endless.

  77. Sunil says:

    My tenant has been asking me for additional keys as his children need them when they are home for vacation. Also, we visit this rental home to make sure they are maintained well as our tenant is a single man. This will be an awesome door lock. And thanks for bringing this up as usual.

  78. Wanda says:

    I would be thrilled to have a keyless deadbolt & your instructions were so clear, I think, even I could install one. Moved into a smaller home last year and the new deadbolt I bought is still in the floor beside the front entry. Too difficult to install!
    Habitat for Humanity is an outstanding organization, building homes in my community for the homeless. When I downsized to a smaller home I moved my furniture into my garage and Habitat picked it up for sale in their store. So thrilled I could help this worthwhile organization.
    I really need this deadbolt on my front door!

  79. Mime says:

    This would be awesome. We’re trying to update our condo as much as possible, and having this on the one and only door would be spectacular! The existing lock is over 20 years old as it is, so I’ll need to look for a new one soon anyway. Thanks for the awesome tutorials Jeff!

    1. Don’t worry Mime, my Mom and Dad have a lock that’s 44 years old. It still works, but barely. Glad you’re liking the tutorials. Always feel free to suggest one, that way I can add it to my list 🙂

  80. Patty Jensen says:

    I would love this, as I am a total idiot!!! I can no longer count how many times I have rushed out the door, making sure it’s locked, only to discover that I have left my keys on the kitchen counter!!! Pretty sure the locksmith must think I have a secret crush on him for as often as I have called him to open my door. Yes, I know I could hide a key in the garage. However, as whacky as I am I am sure that I would forget where I hid it. This would save so much embarrassment. Thanks for the tutorials….I am learning a ton.

    1. Thanks Patty, I’m super excited your learning. That’s what life is all about – learning new stuff 😀

  81. Kirstin Kozlowski says:

    I would love a keyless lock because I am always loosing my keys, and thanks to you I can install it.

    1. You’re so sweet Kirstin. Thanks for your kind words. You totally can install this 🙂

  82. Debra martin says:

    Hi Jeff! This keyless deadbolt is exactly what I need! We had our deadbolt fixed by a locksmith years ago but recently my key stopped working in it again. We have 5 keys and only one works!! When I came across your post I nearly squealed with excitement!!! Thank you for the opportunity to make my life a bit easier!!!!

    1. Ahh, thanks Debra. Glad this post helped out.

  83. Charles says:

    I am a paramedic and have seen first hand how convenient these kinds of locks can be

    1. Thanks Charles, I’m glad this kind of lock is a good alternative for those with health issues.

  84. Laura says:

    I would love to win the keyless entry because I locked myself out and had to pay $175 for an emergency locksmith to drill out the lock. Ouch!

  85. Sue says:

    This will save a lot on replacement keys! ‘Nuff said!

    1. Lol, yes I’ve had to replace several keys myself Sue

  86. Lyndi says:

    I would love to have a lock like this because we’re getting ready to do some remodeling and we’ll be having different people coming in and out. Great idea!

  87. A Yale digital deadbolt would solve my doorkey digital dilemma!

  88. Mike F says:

    I see how this could make anyone’s life easier. Like you Jeff I have small kids and to give them access to the house without a key would be great in many ways. Kids seem to lose many things and when they are old enough to get keys….bet on it they are going to lose those too, much easier to install the Yale Digital Lock then keep replacing the locks. Simple to just reset the codes as needed.
    Great tip on replacing the screws! Thanks.

  89. Heather says:

    This would be ideal for my sister. Her sons have continually lost house keys and she’s tired of replacing them. This would keep them from sitting sad faced on the stairs waiting for someone with a key to return.

  90. Dianne says:

    A great idea! I have a door that I have to really lean against in order to slide the deadbolt from inside, ever since we had a tight gasket (or whatever you call it!) installed to keep the winter wind from blowing through. That also means I have to pull the door towards me when I am unlocking the deadbolt from the outside.would this cause a problem with this deadbolt?

    1. You’d probably experience a similar issue Dianne. But at least you have a tight fit, that helps with cold air drafts in the winter. I need to add weather stripping to my door, too. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

  91. Rose says:

    What an awesome solution to have for your children coming back from school etc… And eliminate the necessity to stash a key.

  92. Denise says:

    I am the queen of locking myself out of my home and car. I need this!!!

  93. Donna Richey says:

    This would be great for someone with severe arthritis because when its cold outside it can be very difficult to insert and turn a key(s).

  94. Linda Ware says:

    I live in a kinda rough neighbor hood, and it would be great to be able to get in the house faster, instead of fumbling with keys. This is a wonderful idea!

  95. Kiki says:

    Rats, missed the deadline. lol Oh well. Going to run it past Himself anyway, cuz I think it’d be VERY handy! The discount and the donation to HFH are cool too! And it does look really easy to install. Thanks, as always, for your clear, concise instructions! Hope y’all are having a great weekend. 🙂

    Sláinte ~ Kiki

  96. Patricia says:

    I live in a rough neighborhood and I feel I need to get into my house quickly. I’m always fumbling and dropping my keys. Mostly, I either lock them in the car. I f I had this special device. I could at least get into my house and get the extra key to the car, which would also save me money. I realize my entry is beyond the date to win, but I wanted to tell you it is a great idea for all ages.

  97. Angel Feliciano says:

    This deadbolt seems like the perfect fit for the doors accessing the swimming pool area in my home. Thanks for sharing Jeff much appreciated!

  98. Scott says:

    I don’t even know where the keys are to my front door. We always come in thru the garage and if I want someone to come in the front door I have to tell them to wait while I go in thru the house to open the front door and let them in. The keyless entry would be AWSOME. Thanks for you ideas and help

  99. Diana Wade says:

    I am very very interested in this lock!!!! I got locked out and it cost me a fortune to get someone to open the door for me. I live on my own and keep checking and checking that I have a door key on me as I do not want to go through that again. Also one less to carry around or loss. Thank You so much for bring it to attention. Regards Diana Wade

  100. Diana Wade says:

    Thank you for bring this item to my attention as I was locked out once and am scared that I will do it again. I live on my own so have to keep checking I have a key. The touch lock with help me have peace of mind. Do not know about why my previous was not accepted.

  101. Diana Wade says:

    Must have missed the deadline. I have just seen your text. Love to have one to make my life easier!!!!!

  102. Mike says:

    I guess it’s too late, but I left a comment Sunday night and it never got posted? Had that happen before too. Weird.

    1. Hi Mike, I approve all the comments personally. So sometimes it takes awhile for the comment to actually show up. Don’t worry, I saw your comment 😀

  103. Vanessa says:

    Jeff, Does this lock automatically dead bolt the door behind you after you walk in the house? We would love that feature. I checked the Yale website and couldn’t quickly see if that was true or not. We were recently robbed overnight while we were upstairs sleeping! Our garage door was stupidly left open and the door from the garage to the house unlocked. I know! We were so stupid! But, if this locks the door behind us, I’d like to consider getting one or 3 for all exterior doors. I know that is overkill, but we have two babies and I never want an intruder again!

  104. Jay H. says:

    Hey Jeff, I’m considering purchasing a Yale product for my rental property. I live in England and would like to know more regarding cold weather conditions, which can be a hassle since tenants will have no keys. Thanks

  105. Bill says:

    Don’t waste your money. These are prone to malfunction and you get locked out a lot.

  106. kurt says:

    i was trying to reprogram the Yale door lock to new numbers and now the deadbolt WILL NOT open, it won’t budge. when i open the lock i can open and close the deadbolt from inside but when i put the panel back on and try to open the lock using the outside switch, it won’t move. please help! nothing happens when i enter the new code i programmed…

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