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About Lock Installation

A homeowner’s prized asset and valuable investment is a home that is well-maintained and kept secured and safe from any untoward events, like unexpected robbery or fires. Therefore, part of keeping one’s home safe is investing in the right and effective lock installation service on one’s household doors, since a professional lock service can ensure for security to function properly.

It is a homeowner’s responsibility to take the initiative to make research as to which locks are right for his house doors, as well as make consultation with professional locksmiths with respect to assisting him choose the right kind of locks. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommends Grade 1 Locks for exterior doors, known as deadbolt locks, due to the fact that they can withstand by as much as10 strikes against the door and has a longer shelf-life than other door locks. There are two main types of bolts that locksmiths would usually recommend and these are the deadbolts and latch bolts.

There are specific tools that will be required to be able to install a deadbolt lock into the door and one important tool is the hole saw which functions as a tool to bore holes into the door, its size is dependent on the size of the bolt lock that will be installed. Basically, deadbolts are not spring-loaded nor are they bevelled, therefore, to use them the homeowner must operate manually to make a thumb-turn to lock the door, while latch bolts are spring-loaded, as well as bevelled, which keep the bolts extended. In its design, deadbolts can extend the bolts up to 1 inch within the so-called strike plate, while latch bolts can extend to just about 1/2 inch, this is why deadbolts have more resistance to force because of the longer distance of extension.

With respect to strike plates, which are part of the lock feature, it is best to secure a high grade type which is reinforced with longer screws so that the bolt is deeply set into the door. In addition, some locks are newly designed to withstand great force or damage, such as anti-drill locks or locks with saw resistant bolts. In specifically designed deadbolts that are saw resistant, they have anti-saw pins installed in it, to make it difficult to saw the deadbolt and for anti-drill locks, hardened steel chips are installed within the lock casing to prevent any form of drilling to take place to put damage to the lock.

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