I'm having a new house built and the builder has given me the option (to
save money) of not having any locks or door knobs installed.
All doors are pre-drilled.
He suggests I should hire a locksmith, but I have installed locksets with
kits from Loews before and honestly don't see any rocket science in it.
That sounds like a really strange comment from a builder.
In any case, I suggest getting the locksmith. They can help you decide
what locks and other security devices you may want to use. BTW the locks
from the big box stores are junk, even the expensive ones. They will not
last nearly as long or provide the same level of security that a good lock
set from a qualified locksmith.
We moved into a home built in the 30's that already had mortise locks in all
of the doors. Because of the convenience, we kept the existing lock and
just leave the upper side button depressed so it's like passage even though
there is still a cylinder on the outside, and installed a new Kwikset Access
One (remote control / keypad) deadbolt lock with a bright-brass finish and
lifetime finish warranty on the back door that we use all the time.
We used a satin chrome Schlage "commercial" grade keyed lever lockset on a
detached garage due to the ease of use (lever). All of these were purchased
at Home Depot.
What would you suggest as far as a better brand?
There are locks, and there are locks. If you want top quality, good
security, visit a locksmith. Get sound advice, not just a low price for a
mediocre lockset from a big box store. That may be fine for interior doors,
but you want better on the entrance doors. If you don't care that it will
be tarnished in three years. go to Lowes.
Mine does just that.
It polishes up nice with Brasso.
Do you have a suggestion how to keep it shiny, or at least more shiny
than it gets?
Remove NOPSAM to email me. Please let
me know if you have posted also.
They used to advertise Sweat Equity when I first moved to Phoenix, 34 years
ago. Now days the contracts are iron clad titanium to the gc or builder. No
changes unless they are on the list and absolutely no changes once the dry
wall is up. I have a friend that just built a new house. It was only 3
months late and a punch list of 16 pages. But it was ok to move in. The high
ceiling are wavy. The high wall are not plumb, checked with my 4 foot level.
I am sure glad I did not pay $200k for this property. Hey it is ok cause it
is now worth $230k. But you can not sell it for one year from move in.
Prevents people from buying and reselling.
He paid $600 for the builder to install "surround sound wiring" through out
the home. The wires are to small in gauge, and not enough of them if you
want to run a sub woofer or anything above 5. Should have checked the
If you can read directions, and work a screw driver, then yes, I would
install them yourself and yes you would save a good bit of money. But
just a little advice before you do:
1. Don't buy the cheapest
2. Save all of the keys, and after the project is done, hire a locksmith
to rekey all to one key.
3. Buy a nationally recognized brand(ie. Kwikset, Schlage), not dexter,
weiser, or master.
just my 2 cents worth.
I disagree. The locks will need to be put on before the homeowner moves
in to prevent vandalism. Therefore the contractor will need keys. You
should have them only rekeyed once and that should be AFTER the construction
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