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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 Buy Door Knobs

Choosing the correct door knob might seem like a simple task, until you need one and it’s time to choose one. There are so many different kinds and styles of door knobs out there to choose from, and while door knobs might seem like a small detail, it is important that it is proper for the space and functions properly. Don’t worry though, it only take a little bit of research to choose the perfect door knob for your needs.

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How To Fix A Door Knob

At some point, almost every door knob or handle comes loose. The most common sign of a door knob that needs some attention is it starts to jiggle or pull away from the door whenever the handle is used to open or close the door.

Since they are one of the most frequently used items in a home, it shouldn’t be a surprise that handles need some attention from time to time. Luckily, fixing a loose door knob is a breeze and requires very few tools. In fact, nearly any homeowner can handle this task on their own with items they already have on hand. Here’s what you need to manage this project.

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How To Remove A Mortise Door Lock

Some older homes, often pre-World War II, have mortise locks, and even newer homes may have updated versions of these classic designs. While these pieces of hardware can be very attractive, the idea of removing one can be intimidating at first glance. However, many homeowners can’t easily manage the task with a few basic tools.

To manage this project yourself, just follow the steps below.

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Glass Door Knobs

Remodeling your home is no easy task, but many homeowners tend to leave out small details such as doorknobs in the process. The end result is that they have to settle for contractor grade alternatives to get the job done, but they sure don’t match the style of a new door. You’ll be surprised to find our wide variety of door knobs that can meet your design needs. Glass doors are fashionable, but you can argue that they can either break easily or they won’t be made of glass at all. Actually, these were a staple in homes around a century ago because of a shortage of metal around World War 1. They were mass produced in various designs and cuts to match the style of houses. Along with the doors themselves, production of glass doorknobs was at its high point and used many traditional designs in their construction. When you begin to search the market to find yourself some antique doorknobs or contact a reliable brand that can provide you with high-quality glass door knobs that mimic the strength and design of older ones, you will find many to choose from. These may be mounted in steel or brass shanks and available at many different price points  Either way you conduct your search, you’ll be doing your remodeled home a favor by using the glass door knob. read more

Enhance the Appearance of Your Door

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Average Priced Handlesets

If you are looking into alternatives for your standard door knob, you might want to consider purchasing a handleset. There are many different types of handlesets available on the market. Most people purchase a handleset with a deadbolt for the front door, and depending on your needs, you will have your choice of lock. Consider the handleset as more than just the turn knob, because it has the lock built into it but as noted can include a deadbolt that will make one unit rather than two separate pieces. The single piece handleset can be found in many different metals so just look around and you’ll find the perfect one for your home. You could purchase other handlesets for other areas of your home, but they are most often used for external doors. There are also inactive handlesets that are not functional, that you can purchase just for decoration. These can be used on interior doors such as bedrooms or closets if you don’t need to lock them. If you do need to lock them, like on a home office or a special storage closet, they are available to you. Handlesets are a great option if you are looking for a safe and attractive alternative to your standard knob. 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

Deadbolt – Single Cylinder

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Deadbolt – Double Cylinder

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Deadbolt - Keyless

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