Typically, Arrow sheds have two metal doors that you can close by sliding them together. The sheds are useful places to store yard and exterior home maintenance equipment. Having an extra weather-proof storage area makes sense for those who have large lawns or outdoor hobbies. Because storage sheds protect items that are too valuable to leave outside, a natural next step is to add a secure lock to the shed. This can be done simply by attaching a locking latch to the doors of the shed.
Things You'll Need
- Locking exterior-mount, interior-fastening latch
- Metal drill bits
Position the locking latch against the exterior of the shed, with one-half of the latch on one door and the other half against the other door. Press the latch against the metal firmly, then mark the locations of the bolts that protrude from the latch.
Drill through doors at each marking using a drill bit that is just slightly smaller than the diameter of the latch attachment bolts and is made for drilling through metal. Separate the two halves of the latch and set them in place using the bolts. Make sure that the doors open and close smoothly and that the two halves line up evenly.
Fasten the latch on the interior of the doors by placing the included washers over the end of those bolts. Slide the washer up against the metal surface. Place the included nut on the end of the bolts and tighten them by hand as far as possible. Use the wrench to tighten each nut further until the attachment of the latch to the doors is secure.
Check the attachment position one more time and secure the latch shut using a high-quality padlock.
Tips & Warnings
- More latches can be added to the door for additional protection.
- Paint the latch with the same color as the shed or the shed trim to help the latch blend in.
- Coat the latch in a protective all-weather sealant. You can also buy a galvanized latch to help protect the metal from the potential damage of the weather.
- Chains can also be passed tightly through the shed handles and padlocked for a quick locking method.
- Do not lock the door without checking to be sure that everyone is out of the shed because the high quality of the latch may not allow anyone trapped inside to break out without tools.