Yes...I put battery operated deadbolts around our entire home, shop, and
outside poolhouse. They are great! Yes from time to time batteries (4 double
AA's)do die depending on how much you use them but we have a hidden
key....The shop in the back yard is generally not heated so the batteries
tend to not last as long in the winter time when there is no heat. After
having them for a while you can actually tell when the batteries are on
their way out as the locking mechanism turns sluggish before total
failure...so it sort of lets you know when it's time to replace the
batteries.. In the five or so years I have had them I think I have had one
instance where I would have to go looking for a key. I have a total of 7
doors done this way.. any other questions let me know,,, Jim
Thanks for "endorsement".
Any thoughts on the Kwikset lock I'm interested in?
No Idea on those...this is what I have been using...they are all Weiser
locks seen here....
We looked at a Schlage, but it was ugly in the boss's eyes.
It doesnt have the life of a mechanical kepad or keyed lock, ask a
local locksmith what life expectancy is. I use a mecanical keypad lock
and you wont see battery stuff on commercial buildings. For a
homeowner it might be ok.
I am a locksmith.
The locks work OK the biggest problem I have seen is the price. If you are
OK with the price then you will be fine as long as the lock is installed
properly, these gizmos are not to tolerant to sloppy installation.
About the time I had mastered getting the toothpaste back in the tube, then
That, and toothpast tubes, too? You have many talents.
I've installed a couple of those battery power Kwiksets.
Havn't gotten any complaints. One was for an older fellow
who had polio. His right arm doesn't work, and the push
button design is easier for him to use.
Maybe we're talking at cross-purposes. I thought your point was that
the electronic deadbolt wouldn't have enough oomph to retract the bolt
if the bolt was tight against the strike plate. My point was that
pulling on the doorknob, whether with or without a key is necessary if
the bolt is tight. I like to put in my bolts tight so there is no
play at all when the door is closed. You have to turn a knob to open
a door whether it has an electronic deadbolt, a keyed deadbolt, or no
deadbolt at all. What did I misinterpret?
Sigh. Is that touchless?
Smitty was asking what happened if the deadbolt was tight - intimating
that there was nothing to pull on on a deadbolt. My point was that it
is the extremely rate residential door that has a deadbolt and nothing
I haven't been following the whole thread, but I have used electronic
deadbolts for almost 10 years now and am very happy with them. You
*do* get feedback regarding how hard they are working via the noise
they make. The noise also tells you when the battery needs to be
changed. When the battery isalmost dead, you have to open it twice to
fully retract the bolt.
why couldn't the deadbolt be in the doorframe and then it could be powered
from the house AC,perhaps with a Li-ion battery backup?
you could still have the keypad on the door,it would just send a
signal(coded RF?) to the lock mechanism in the doorframe.That would only
require a longlasting lithium coin cell like many auto keyfobs use.
Heck,you could even use one of those to unlock your door.
Having the bolt go into the door might allow for a stronger door,less
likely to be kicked in.
Some things do not benefit from automation. Even if you have a keypad to
eliminate lost keys, you are still standing at the door anyway to go
through it. Pushing down a lever to retract the now-unlocked bolt is
hardly a show-stopper. There is a reason cylinder locks have been around
for hundreds of years- for 99% of applications, they are reliable enough
and cheap enough, and secure enough.
IMNSH curmudgeonly opinion, of course.
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