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Keeping Up with Keyless Door Locks

We’re all likely familiar with keyless door locks for our vehicles, but did you know you can get the same convenience for your home? That means no more fumbling to get the right key in the lock when you’re trying to juggle, for example, bags of groceries. Other reasons to consider keyless door locks include:

  • never having to worry about being locked out
  • the ability to let people in without being there
  • lost keys are a thing of the past

At their most basic, keyless door locks are door hardware equipped with a keypad that requires you to enter a code to unlock or have a special app.

They can come with regular door handles or be fitted for simple deadbolts. Keyless door locks are more expensive than traditional door hardware that requires keys. However, with all new technology, prices should drop.

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It’s Complicated—Or Is It?

If you’re hesitant to purchase a keyless door lock because you fear you’re not technologically savvy enough, rest assured that there’s a range of options out there. You can choose a keyless door lock that’s got actual buttons to push, for example. If you can dial a number on a landline phone, you can operate these. And if you’d like something a little fancier, there are keypads that are really more like touchscreens, just like your smartphone.

In addition, despite the name, many keyless door locks come with an option for keyed entry. That may be a helpful alternative for people who have trouble remembering the unlock code.

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Powering Up

Perhaps you’re worried that a keyless door lock, having an electronic keypad, will be useless if the power goes out. The good news is, most—if not all—keyless door locks are operated with battery power. That, of course, creates its own issues.

If your lock uses a lot of power, your batteries may run down faster than normal, necessitating your having extra batteries on hand. That’s not too much of an obstacle, though. If it is for you because you’re concerned about the costs, you can buy batteries in bulk from a dollar store. The greater issue for some people with battery changes is that some keyless door locks may make those changes challenging. Some keyless door locks can have battery housing that’s tricky to remove, for example, or that require an Allen wrench to open.

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Smart Locks For Smart Homes

With the rise of internet-powered home assistants, many people are opting also for devices that their home assistants can help control. These include systems that you may already be familiar with, like smart lighting and temperature control. However, some keyless door locks are also designed to fit into your home assistant’s control. If you don’t have a home assistant, you can still reap the technical benefits through manufacturer-specific apps.

There are door locks with corresponding apps, for example, that allow you to keep a record of everyone who’s entering your home. They may even include voice control or the ability to issue temporary keys for guests or other non-residents, like dog walkers. Many systems are free, but some require monthly subscription fees, so be sure to read the fine print before making your choice.

Questions And Answers

What are the different types of door knobs?

There are many doorknobs available. There are keyed door locks, including doorknobs and door levers. There are also electronic door locks. Each of the locks offers something slightly different, while they all allow secured entry to your home. Your lock choice will be based on cost and personal preference.

How do I remove an exterior door knob?

Removal of an exterior door knobs is fairly easy. You will need a screwdriver. There are screws that hold the lock in place. You can find these on the plate for the latch as well as on the interior of the knob. Unscrew the screws and remove the knob.

How do you replace a door knob?

To replace a doorknob you will need to unscrew the current screws holding the knob in place, as well as the screws for the plate where the latch is on the door. Once these have been removed the old lock will come out and the new lock can be placed.

How do I remove a stuck door knob?

To remove a stuck knob you will need to remove the screws from the doorknob. Once the screws have been removed the knob should separate. Now, you can use your screwdriver to press the latch in and open the door. Then the doorknob can be replaced with one that functions.

How do you measure a door knob?

You should first measure the hole for the doorknob at the center to the doorway edged, this will help you find the door set size. Often the door set size be will either 2 and 3/4 inches or 2 and 3/8 inches, almost all fit within this range.

How do you remove a door knob without screws?

Open your door and see if you can see a thin slot on the locking side of the knob. If there is a setscrew that is recessed, turn this in a counterclockwise until it moves out. For a slot, push you flathead in the slot and pull out the knob.

How do you tighten a door knob?

First, you will need to identify which part of the knob is causing it to be loose. Once you have identified this area of the knob you will need to use your hex set or screwdriver in order to tighten it up. This is a fairly quick and easy process.

How do you change the code on a Schlage door lock?

To add a new code press the button "Schlage" along with the number button one at the same time. Wait until you hear a beep and see three flashes. The green light flashing will let you know that it is ready for a new code to be programmed.

How do I change the code on my door lock?

The method for changing the code on your lock will vary based on the brand of lock. You should be able to look at the manufacturer's information on the lock that was included when you purchased it. If not check with the manufacturer on what you need to do.

How do you install a door knob on a new door?

If a hole needs to be cut, you do that first. Otherwise, you install latch, faceplate, strikeplate, lever, spindle, inside housing and then the knob. After installing these in this order, you will put the screw in.

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How To Fix An Old Doorbell

Fixing a doorbell, in most cases, is a relatively quick, simple and inexpensive job that you can complete on your own. If your doorbell does not ring, there could be four possible problems with it. It could be the chime, the transformer, the button, or the wiring connecting them all. You can track the culprit easily and make the fix.

You do not have to worry about working with electricity as a majority of the doorbell circuitry is usually low-voltage and will not give you any shocks in case you make contact with the wires. A transformer considerably reduces the typical 120-volts carried by many electrical circuits to just ten to sixteen volts needed to operate a doorbell.

We have a useful how-to article to walk you through the process of repairing an old door.

How To Install A Mortise Door Lock

How To Install A Mortise Door Lock

Mortise locks need a pocket to be created on the door's edge. The pocket is placed in the center within the edge and they range in size from about ¾ inch to about 1 inch in thickness. The pocket height is based on the lock's application as well as the manufacturer.

Mortising the pocket into the wooden door edge is not only time consuming but it is also a bit difficult. This is due to the fact that you have to be very precise when making the pocket. If you were to install a mortise lock in an interior door it would only leave you with about ¼ of wood for each pocket side. That is not much room at all for error.

If you are ready to take on this DIY project then purchase the lock and the new door, grab the tools below and follow the step by step instructions. Be sure to follow the steps carefully because again, there is not a lot of room for error, and you don't want to end up having to purchase another door.

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How To Install Door Lock Cylinder

Having an internal key locking system such as a door lock cylinder is a great way to protect the home. This type of locking system goes into the door’s trim by pushing the bar in and out. It is turned with a key or the handle. This is installed as part of your door handle.

There are some different types of the door lock cylinders and different sizes as well. However, generally all of them are very similar in the manner of how they work and fit into the door. If you are thinking about putting this type of lock onto your door, the following are the steps you should be taking. This project only takes about 1 hour, at the most, to complete.

At the end of this article, you will find some tips on how to make this home improvement project a bit simpler. Don’t forget to have your new door lock cylinder before you take off the old one as well. This way your home stays secure all the way up through the new installation.

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Because they save so much space, pocket doors are a popular option for smaller areas so if you don’t have one yet, it might be that you need to look into having one installed. They are a great choice for closets because they do not take up any needed space if the closet is smaller, like a swinging door would. This makes it much easier to get around and find the things that are needed. However, pocket doors are also great for bathrooms, and sometimes, they are even used as bedroom doors. These rooms tend to be more private, and it would probably be best to install a pocket door lock, so you can prevent any possible embarrassing incidents. While the lock on a hinged door is a traditional option for the door that is typically installed with it, the lock on a pocket door will be something added to many, however it does come standard in some. When you are comparing doors, be sure to consider where it is going to be installed and also how it will be used and if it needs a lock, ensure you include that in the price. read more

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Deadbolts

When you are looking at getting safer doors for your home, one thing you must look at is the lock on the doors. You want to make sure the lock provides you with the most protection and security. Some of the most basic locks won’t do that so you need to consider getting a deadbolt to enhance your home’s security to keep everyone safe. A deadbolt lock will secure your doors, so intruders can’t get in easily. Additionally, if someone wants to break into a home, just seeing the deadbolt will cause them to think twice about trying to get in. That means just the look of these locks alone would give you more protection. There are various deadbolts that you can invest in. Different materials and finishes are often available for deadbolts too. Find out more about each of these types so you can pick the ones that are best for your home through additional online research. The range of prices, finishes, and level of security will help you make an informed investment in your home’s security. read more

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