I would like to reinforce my doors to prevent the possibility of them
being kicked in by a scum bag thief. I've seen door edge guards, heavy
duty strike plates with long screws and other contraptions. Which one
is best? My doors have dead bolts but it wouldn't take much to break
the door jamb. Thanks.
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Take it from someone who has kicked in a lot of doors.........the most
difficult door I've come up against was a heavy steel door with a
reinforcing bar. By that I mean a bar that is placed in a brace on the floor
and a brace under the knob. I had to find an alternate point of ingress
because this sucker was tough.
Short of replacing your wooden door you might try using a reinforcing bar
and installing steel pegs (4 or 5) into the hinged side of the door that
will "lock" into the jamb. (Imagine a doweled joint) That should make it
pretty difficult to kick in.
Replace the wooden door or put up a security storm door.
I almost kicked a door in half , but the jamb gave way first.
Something else to note.
I remember living in a POS house for a while and I reinforced the lock area
when I replaced the lock. After I was done, I gave it a few "bumps" with my
shoulder and you could see the wall might actually give way. Inspect your
That of course is the downside to reinforced doors. However, we've got
these nifty little power saws that will make quick work of even a stainless
steel door. It should not have taken 30 minutes to get through, even on the
If it is a wood jamb, forget it. Adding a extended steel striker plate with
long screws into the stud will help, but enough kicks (or the proper method
of a prybar) can still shatter the jamb. About the only way to prevent entry
is a jam stick under the knob, going down to a socket in the floor. (quite
common in big cities), or a 2x4 in clips across the door. But that only
helps when you are home, or have another more secure door to go in and out
of. I presume your main worry is daytime breakins while you are at work?
(been there, had that done to me, so I do sympathize.)
Replacing with a steel door and steel frame is the proper solution, and I
mean a Real Steel Door, not one of the wimpy steel-clad, which peel like a
Do keep in mind that fire dept, ambulance, etc, need to be able to get
through door in an emergency. Of course, they are not worried about being
quiet during forced entry, and carry pointy things that would make burglars
green with envy.
Most local PDs, and your insurance company, are happy to do home security
evaluations, and can recommend appropriate level of defense for where you
this is what you want along with a steel door and good installation
the bar goes all the way across the door so the stress is on the door jamb
you can still lock it from the outside too which is the neat part..
Putting out a large dog water bowl with a I love rotties door mat would help
funny you mention that, my friend has all the signs "beware of dog ", "guard
dog on premise" etc..
he also has a large chain, with a broken collar on it, it looks like the dog
got away in the yard.
In alt.home.repair on Mon, 21 Jul 2003 15:32:10 GMT "TexasFireGuy"
They sell an in-door deadbolt that is just a half or 3/4 inch longer
than the regular one. Is that enough to make a difference?
And by the way, the guy who kicked in my door didn't really damage the
door, only the piece of wood the strike plate in the door jamb is
screwed to, and the pine door jamb molding!
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Around here, kicking in doors and breaking windows without preparation would
cause too much noise, something our neighborhood burglars aren't interested in.
Scum bags around here quietly work on the door jamb while the family isn't home
or cover the window with masking tape before they break it so they don't get
that shatter effect.
In this neighborhood, kicking in doors and shattering windows without masking
tape is reserved for disgruntled scum bag ex-husbands, ex-boyfriends, and yes,
even a few ex-wives and ex-girlfriends.
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