locks

door-lockSo you’re lock shopping this week. You just bought a new condo, or maybe there was a break in in your neighborhood. Now that you’re serious about the security of your home, you’re online trying to find out what the best lock is.This is a common question, and the answer varies depending on your needs. Some people might go with smart locks so they don’t need to carry keys. Others don’t have that kind of money, and choose a really intimidating looking lock that will deter burglars because it’s a less-appealing target. Most just want what’s convenient. For real security though, I’d tell just about everyone to go deadbolt, and here’s why.   

deadbolt lock on green doorWe’re about a week in now and the dust is beginning to settle on this new year. We’re all a little older, perhaps a little wiser, than last year, and ready for new projects and responsibilities. For many that means longer working hours and less time at home. Perhaps you’re now considering whether your kids are ready to watch themselves at home, and whether it’s time to give them keys of their own. Well let’s take some time to address a few of your concerns and find some solutions for keeping your home and family safe when you can’t be around.   

broken keySo you were in a hurry and got a little too enthusiastic while locking your front door. Or your car is frozen over from the snow last night and the iced up lock snapped your key like a twig. I feel your pain, but you’re gonna get through this.Here’s a quick guide of the steps you’ll need to take to solve your key conundrum.

padlock on a chain across a doorIf you're in the process of planning your Thanksgiving right now, I'd like to invite you to take a short break. It's time for a different kind of roast.I don't like padlocks. Just the fact that they're external locks, and thus removable, opens up a load of security issues you don't see in things like deadbolts. A weak lock can be pulled off a door. A weak chain can be broken. To expose some of these basic flaws, I've pulled up some videos featuring one of the most common brands on the market today: Master Lock.

padlock-door-lock-key-hole-67537 So it’s time for new locks. There are plenty of reasons for it. You’re moving into a new place and want to make sure the locks are fresh. You’re redesigning and want an updated look for your door hardware. You want to break up with someone but you already gave them a key to your place and now it’s too awkward to ask for it back (no one said they had to be good reasons).Well before you go to all the trouble, let’s look at your options. You can replace the locks, of course; get them taken out and put in new ones. That seems the obvious choice. But have you thought of rekeying?To rekey a lock, your locksmith will switch out the pins and cut you a new key, so the keys that used to work are now obsolete.So how do you decide? 

key-colorful-matching-number-68174-largeWhen I moved into my new apartment last summer, my landlord gave me 3 keys; one for the front door, one for my unit, and one for my mailbox. So say my unit is one of 32 - if all 32 units have just one person living there, that’s 96 keys. Of course, most of us have family or roommates who also need keys, so this number is quickly climbing to a few hundred. Now manufacturing, maintaining, and potentially replacing that many keys sounds like a lot of money and a lot of hassle. But it’s unavoidable, isn’t it? Not quite - in fact, you could narrow that down to one key per person with the right set of locks.