Consult A Locksmith About The Best Door Lock For Your Home

Replacing or upgrading your door lock is not a simple issue of buying a new lock and installing it. Buying the first lock that you see is not the best solution when you are trying to improve the security of your home. It is important to find out the lock that is right for your home and this means knowing how to identify the best products in the market. Picking the right door lock will require some research and this is where the services of a locksmith can come in handy.

Choosing an appropriate lock

The first thing you need to know is that there are some inferior products in the market and they do not offer much in the way of security. It is important to look for locks that meet the required standards and remember that not all locks are suitable for all doors. Choosing a lock goes beyond selecting the one that “looks right”; you need to consider the suitability. Consider factors such as the type of door you have, the level of security you need and the quality of the door-frame.

A lock to suit your door

After you establish your security and insurance requirements, you need to find out the best hardware for your situation. If you are replacing a damaged lock, you need to look for a better quality product. Talk to the locksmith about your needs and remember that if the frame is damaged, it will need to be fixed or replaced. You also need to determine whether replacing the entire door would be a better option. Using the right hardware for your type of door is essential for security.

Enhanced security needs

The locksmith company may recommend a restricted or patented lock as a way to enhance security. Restricted keys have unusual designs and mechanical features making them difficult to copy while patented keys come with a legal protection that requires proof of ownership before copies of the key can be made. When you have restricted or patented keys, you do not have to worry about extra keys being made without your consent.

Using a professional locksmith

It is very important to get the services of a professional locksmith. Apart from getting advice on the best lock and ensuring correct installation, the locksmith can also offer advice on extra security measures where necessary. Some of the measures include installing alarms, safes, grilles, CCTV and fences among other systems. A qualified and reputable locksmith will provide professional, accurate and independent, advice on the best type of lock for your home.

Remember that the cost of locks will range widely depending on the quality and type that you choose.

Garage Door Safety – Fifteen Simple Steps to Protect Your Family

Accidents involving garage doors and automatic openers in homes injure people and damage property every year. Garage doors are the largest and heaviest moving part in a home. Wood doors can weigh over 400 pounds and metal ones can exceed 100 pounds. Investing a few minutes to inspect these components at least once every year, or as recommended by the manufacturer, can help avoid tragic and costly accidents.

These procedures apply to sectional garage doors, the most common type. For doors without openers, ignore the opener related procedures. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for your door and opener. These instructions usually have diagrams that identify parts you should inspect and describe what to do if there is a problem.

1. Disconnect the opener emergency release, WITH THE DOOR CLOSED. If the spring is improperly adjusted, the door could come crashing down if you disconnect the opener with the door open.

2. Observe the door hardware including the hinges, rollers, cables, cable drums, nuts and bolts, the bottom door seal and any side seals. Nuts and bolts should be tight. Moving parts should move freely. If an opener is used, disconnect all ropes from the door to avoid injuring someone when it is operated.

3. Check the door tracks for damage and mechanical stability. The tracks should be firmly attached to the framing. The points where the tracks attach to the ceiling should have a lateral brace to keep the tracks from spreading and allowing the door to fall off the tracks.

4. Observe the torsion spring, if any, above the center of the door. It should be firmly attached to the framing. NEVER attempt to adjust or otherwise tamper with the torsion spring. Serious injury or death could result if the tension were improperly released.

5. Test the door lock. If you have an opener, disable the door lock to avoid damaging the door or opener if the opener is operated while the door is locked. If there is no opener, the lock should operate properly.

6. Operate the door manually. It should open and close freely without binding on the tracks and without requiring unusual force.

7. Open the door about 1/2 way, and then open the door completely. It should remain in each position unassisted. If it does not, have a trained technician adjust the spring(s). Improperly adjusted springs are a safety hazard and increase strain on the door opener.

8. Reconnect the opener emergency release.

9. Observe the attachment of the opener motor to the ceiling and the opener drive rail to the framing. Both should be firmly attached.

10. Observe the opener operating controls and safety systems. The controls (button and external remote control) should be at least five feet above the floor (so small children cannot reach them), and they should be within sight of the door. The reversing sensors should be no more than six inches above the floor at each side of the door. The emergency release cord should be attached to the trolley disconnect and hang no lower than 6 feet above the floor.

11. Observe the opener electrical connection, usually at the garage ceiling. The connection should either be permanently connected to the electrical connection or it should be connected to a grounded 3 wire receptacle. Extension cords, frayed wires, and spliced wires violate manufacturer’s instructions and are a safety hazard.

12. Observe the opener operation. The door should fully open and close. Operation should not include unusual sounds. If the opener uses a chain drive, the chain should usually be about 1/2″ above the rail when the door is open. The opener light should turn on.

13. Test the opener pressure reverse system. Place a 2×4 flat under the center of the door and allow the door to close. It should reverse on contact with the 2×4. If it does not reverse, adjust the opener according to manufacturer’s instructions.

14. Test the opener reversing sensors. Interrupt the beam between the sensors while the door is closing. The door should reverse direction and open.

15. Lubricate the door and the automatic opener according to manufacturer’s instructions.

These procedures take only a few minutes per door. Following them will help your garage door and opener last longer and will help prevent injury or property damage.