How to Change the Mortice Latch on a French Swing Door

A Milgard Windows and Doors French swing patio door can come with a mortice lock or latch. A mortice latch is a latch that, when activated, inserts into a small cavity in the adjoining wall securing your Milgard French swing patio door into place. Mortice latches are incredibly secure, and it is easy to learn how to change the mortice latch on a French swing patio door. (Please make sure to read our FAQs disclaimer before reviewing or enacting any FAQ content/recommendations.)

Learning how to change the mortice latch on a French swing patio door is a simple process. The first step is to find the location of the mortise latch on your Milgard French swing patio door. Then, open up the activate panel. You should be able to access the strike pin. Compress the strike pin and then pull up on the handle. You should now have engaged the lock. At this point, you can take the mortice latch and rotate it until it is in the necessary position. Once the mortice latch is in the correct place, pull down on the handle so that the lock is disengaged.

Once you have learned and executed how to change the mortice latch on a French swing patio door, it is easy to lock and unlock your French door. To secure your French door, first, close it. Then turn your door handle up until it stops. From the inside, you need to turn the thumb turn so the lock is engaged. If you are locking your Milgard French door from the outside, you will need to use a key to secure it.

Unlocking your french door is just as painless. First, you need to, once again, rotate the thumb turn. Then, finally, turn the door handle down so that you have deactivated all of the locking points. Your Milgard French swing door is now free to open.

This effortless process of how to change the mortice latch on a French swing patio door make the mortise latch a convenient and secure option for your door security.

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