I am not a locksmith, just a home owner with locks. I have about 16
Kwikset Smartkey locksets or deadbolts installed in two houses, and have
had no problems with them. It was easy to key them alike, and would be
easy to re-key them if a key were lost. (I ended up with lots of extra
keys to choose from!)
I have done searches on Smartkey and found a few critics of the system,
but also reports that they were secure. One critic suggested they were
bad because a locksmith could not use conventional methods to open them
without a key.
Besides Smartkey being "unproven technology", what other drawbacks are
These questions is off-topic, but related to the comment above.
I'm looking to replace my front door and will need a lockset.
I see several brands offered at the "big home box" places, such as:
All things being otherwise equal, is there one of these brand names I
would do better with (over the others)?
Are there other mfrs. out there that I should be looking at?
Are the locksets sold by "standalone" locksmiths better than the "big
Baldwin is more pricey, but better quality.
Their customer service is also good.
Some Kwikset is OK. Schlage changed designs
a few years back, I no longer like their resi
locks. Schlage commercial is still good.
On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:20:04 PM UTC-6, Fred McKenzie wrote:
Since you're cutting-out calling a tradesman...I'm sure you will hear a lot of negatives...
I'm not sure how they compare in security...but most houses are forced open by breaking the door frame anyway!
I saw a Youtube video put up by an amateur.
He used a screw driver and pliers to unlock
Smartkey in less than a couple seconds with
no damage or evidence. This is your Smart
key on screw driver. Any questions?
Which is why several houses down in Memphis have custom made 3/32" thick
strike plates with 4" screws into the framing . Several of my former home
repair customers live in less-than-desirable neighborhoods , and were
concerned about security . I machined and installed custom strike plates for
them , one-piece units that had a minimum of 4 - 4" screws into the framing
. Small chance of splitting that door frame with less than a battering ram .
Twenty some years ago, I started using
three inch screws for deadbolt strike
plates. Since then, some other companies
have done much the same. Reinforcing
strikes are excellent idea.
Christopher A. Young
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My impression is that all the lock manufacturers have similar quality (minimal)
to meet big box price points for residential customers. If you want a quality
lock, it's going to have to be commercial or architectural grade. That said,
Most break-ins are going to be a foot through the door or a rock through a
window, so I wouldn't get too worked up about it.
Thanks for the response.
Also wondering, which is better way to go, or -- no difference:
1. Have a carpenter/remodeler replace front entrance (assume
he'll install the lock hardware as well, after I buy it)
2. Go to a locksmith and buy the hardware, and see if he has
arrangements with one (or more) carpenters who will do the
door job, after which the locksmith installs the hardware?
Whole entrance needs replacement (door, baseplate, all
interior/exterior molding, hardware).
My only "break in" was a chunk of concrete thrown through a door window.
They could not get in because the deadbolt required a key on the inside
as well. However, they were able to reach in and grab a small TV.
These are eye-openers! And I see there were other articles on
lock-picking as well. If you want to learn how to get past a lock, just
look on the web.
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