22 Lessons Learned: Services

By | October 30, 2017

A Guide to Lock Installation

Our homes are our most treasured assets and investments and, as such, we make sure that we protect it and make it secure as possible, safe from harm from fires and break-ins. Therefore, part of keeping one’s home safe is investing in the right and effective lock installation service on one’s household doors, since a professional lock service can ensure for security to function properly.

It is vitally important that the right kind of door locks must be chosen and decided on by a homeowner and, while this may be a tricky process, the homeowner has no choice but make research on which door locks are appropriate for his house doors and conduct consultations, as well, with reputable locksmiths who can help him provide the right information on door locks. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommends Grade 1 Locks for exterior doors, known as deadbolt locks, due to the fact that they can withstand by as much as10 strikes against the door and has a longer shelf-life than other door locks. Usually, locksmiths would prefer either of these two main types of bolts: deadbolts or latch bolts.

There are specific tools that will be required to be able to install a deadbolt lock into the door and one important tool is the hole saw which functions as a tool to bore holes into the door, its size is dependent on the size of the bolt lock that will be installed. Between the two bolts, deadbolts are not spring-loaded and not bevelled and,therefore, needs a manual operation to lock the door, while latch bolts have springs or are bevelled to help the bolts be extended. In its design, deadbolts can extend the bolts up to 1 inch within the so-called strike plate, while latch bolts can extend to just about 1/2 inch, this is why deadbolts have more resistance to force because of the longer distance of extension.

It is important to also consider the strike plate which comes together with the bolt, whether it be deadbolt or latch bolt that will be used, as a good high-grade type with longer screws can help secure the bolt well into the door. It is also important to choose additional features in your chosen locks, one that is either anti-drill locks or with saw resistant bolts. In specifically designed deadbolts that are saw resistant, they have anti-saw pins installed in it, to make it difficult to saw the deadbolt and for anti-drill locks, hardened steel chips are installed within the lock casing to prevent any form of drilling to take place to put damage to the lock.

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