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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. Because one’s home is a huge investment and a homeowner’s responsibility is to keep his home in good condition, safe and secure, part of his investment for his home must include for a lock installation procedure to all doors in his home.

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. Deadbolts and latch bolts are the two main types of bolts which are standard preferences of locksmiths.

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. Basically, deadbolts are not spring-loaded nor are they bevelled, therefore, to use them the homeowner must operate manually to make a thumb-turn to lock the door, while latch bolts are spring-loaded, as well as bevelled, which keep the bolts extended. The deadbolt is the more preferred lock when compared to latch bolt as the deadbolt can extend its bolt up to 1 inch within the stike plate, while the latch bolt can only extend to 1/2 inch, and the advantage of being able to extend the bolt longer is useful to instances when brute force is used against the door, to which the deadbolt is more resistant due to its longer extension span.

Since a deadbolt or latch bolt has a strike plate with it, secure a good, high grade type of plate with longer screws so that the bolt is deeply embedded into the door. In addition, some locks are newly designed to withstand great force or damage, such as anti-drill locks or locks with saw resistant bolts. Saw resistant bolts are deadbolts that are installed with anti-saw pins, which can spin back and forth through the entire length of the saw blade, thus making it hard to saw the deadbolt, while anti-drill locks are those where hardened steel chips are placed within the casing of the lock preventing any drilling to take place with the purpose of damaging the lock.

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