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    Default Door locks

    Looking for recommendations for new door locks for my front and back doors. I currently have Kwikset locks that are less than 10 years old, they were top of the line when I bought them but they are falling apart already. I don't care for the Schlange because they can lock you out of the house if you forget your keys. I do want high security deadbolt and door lock set with lever door handles.

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    Kieth, Weslock makes nice lock sets.

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    After a few times of having left the house and locking myself out, only to have to wake up my wife to let me in, I removed the locking passage locks and replaced them with simple passage locks. For security, I added double cylinder dead bolts, which are far more secure than passage locks. They do, however, require that you stop and lock the door when you leave.

    Double cyllinder locks are illegal in some locales, the worry being that of hunting for the key during a fire emergency. If you have a large glass panel in your door, having only a passage lock or single cylinder dead bolt is really not secure! Obviously, if someone is willing to break the glass, they can merely reach in and open the door. Of course, this supposes that you are routinely removing the inside key from the dead bolt when you are not at home or sleeping. Therein lies the concerns of fire safety people.

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    ordjen, I agree with you about the double cylinder dead bolts, I used to use them and would hang a key about 3" from the door for emergency use, but they are getting hard to find now in my area, maybe they are not allowed here anymore.

    Anyone have access to the June 2011 issue of Consumer Reports? That is the last time they reviewed door locks. I went to my local library to look at it but wouldn't ya know, that issue is missing. I don't have an on line subscription, but I'm not sure that article is even available on line anymore.

    I used to have Weiser locks on my house and would like to use them again, but I can't find them anymore.

    I also do not understand this new secure system that Schlange and Kwikset are touting. You can get a custom key cut, then the store can stick a special key in the lock and then your new key. That is supposed to make the lock more secure? I don't see how if those master keys ever get into the wrong hands, and I can guarantee they will.
    Last edited by keith3267; 08-20-2013 at 04:07 PM.

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    I installed all new Schlage locks and dead bolts with "Secure Key" technology back in 2011 on our move to a 1960's ranch. The locks were keyed different but I was able to re-key in minutes at home by myself.

    You use the special key that is blue in color and came with the lock to put it in that mode by inserting and turning to 11:00 o'clock. Then insert the new key and turn to 12:00 o'clock. So, if I have lock A and B and I want them to both use the A key, use the B blue key and turn to 11:00, then insert the A regular key and turn to 12:00, that's it.

    There is no master key but what you have. I have done all the locks and a two sided dead bolt on a kitchen door that has glass panes. The key is placed in the same spot a foot away. We have multiple escape routes and feel that our egress is covered properly.

    I now see the Kwikset locks being displayed in stores but not the Schlage. I have had no issues with any of those I put in.

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    If looking for reviews of items like door locks try consumersearch(dot)com. They compile reviews from consumer reports, website purchase reviews and similar. I know I have looked at the door lock reviews in the past but cannot remember the details.
    It's this old house, not this built after your dad was born house.

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