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Main Kinds of Door Repair Experts

Portrait Young Male Carpenter Repairing Door Lock
Portrait Young Male Carpenter Repairing Door Lock

Doors are the most common security measures placed on buildings, but the only way that doors can affect the security of your space is if they operate properly. If something is wrong with your door, and you need to find out exactly what’s up, here’s the three main types of door repair consultants who you can contact for assistance.

Certified Door Consultants

These consultants are the right ones to contact when you have questions about what kind of door you need to provide the level of security that you need. For example, you might want a much higher security grade of door with extra security features for guarding safes for valuables than you would want for limiting access to areas. Certified Door Consultants have special training in custom hollow metal door frames, from not only their construction and installation, but also repair. They can provide you custom projects, or repair existing ones.

Architectural Hardware Consultants

These consultants can recognize the hardware requirements for any kind of door that you can think of. They know all the appropriate repairs for every type and brand of security door for public, private, commercial, or industrial facilities, and are adept at dealing with everything from code protected door locks to locks that scan fingerprints. If the issue you’re having with your door is hardware related, contact an architectural hardware consultant for help.

Electrified Hardware Consultants

These consultants are experts in security doors that require an electric charge in order to operate properly. If you want your door to be linked up with alarm or access control systems, Electrified Hardware Consultants are the one’s to contact -t hey know everything about the correct wiring of security doors and their systems, so they’re the right choice of repair expert for any sort of electrical malfunctioning security door.

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Delayed Egress Doors

Delayed Egress Doors

Out of the countless kinds of lock mechanisms that are often used in commercial settings today, one of the most popular choices is the delayed egress door. This special kind of door does not unlatch the locking mechanism immediately – rather there is a short delay of a few seconds between the request to open the door and the moment that the latching mechanism releases.

Benefits of delayed egress doors

Because of fire safety regulations, exit doors are not allowed to be completely locked when employees are on the premises of the property. Because of this, exits can be vulnerable as a serious security weakness- without a delayed egress door in place, anybody can technically walk out of a facility while stealing property without anyone from inside being alerted. The time delay featured in delayed egress doors allows someone in the building to verify whether each person is authorized to leave upon their departure. This greatly helps minimize the risk of property loss; an important fact to consider is that a  great deal of commercial theft is committed by people who are intimately aware of the structure or property housed inside the business – delayed egress doors will minimize the threat of these aspiring criminals.

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Is your deadlatch functioning properly?

Is your deadlatch functioning properly

Deadlatches ability to lock themselves the very second a door shuts make them a fantastic way of ensuring your home’s continuing security. This is the reason that many people switch their door locks to deadbolts & deadlatches; in order to maximize the endurance of their home security system. If you want the best possible security possible for your family, deadlatches are the best choice for you to make.

How a deadlatch securely operates

It’s important to ensure that your deadlatch si working properly; if it’s not, it can seriously compromise with the safety of your home. From a home security analysis standpoint, the function of the lock is the most important aspect of your home security. This is why close attention must be paid to the continuing function of your deadlatch. Make sure that the door’s lock and strike plate are perfectly aligned with the deadlatch. Any sort of misalignment, even subtle, can seriously affect the performance of your lock, making a security risk for your family. If the lock’s functional mechanisms don’t fall perfectly into the opening of the strike plate, the deadlatch will not work properly.

 

Figuring out the problem

Determining what the problem with your door’s deadlatch is of the utmost importance. If you think that something might not be working correctly with the door, take a close look at the lock and see if you can eyeball what the problem is. If you can’t see what the problem is, listening to the lock for any rattling, grinding, or shifting sounds can also help you (or a locksmith professional – who really is the best bet) can help diagnose exactly what the malfunction is. If you have trouble closing your door, accompanied by the sound of loud click noises, it means the lock is defective, and that you should call the manufacturer or a locksmith professional right away to restore the security of your home and property.

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Children and Door Locks

If you have children, you’re sure to want to make sure that both them and your home are as safe as possible. In the world we live in, it’s common for both parents to let their children arrive at home by themselves, with their own set of keys. This has potential problems that could arise for these reasons:

Common Risks with Children and Door Locks

Children can leave their keys in a conspicuous place on their person, or on their desk. Usually they aren’t aware of the specific danger in advertising your keys to strangers. Any key that’s visible could potentially be photographed with a smartphone, and then decoded using an app – allowing copies of the key to be made. This is a risk even when your child is among people that you know – many home robberies are performed by people who have already been in your home, aware of what you have, who have perhaps spotted your child’s keys somewhere easy to swipe. Children also commonly lose keys, misplace them without realizing.

Here’s some tips on re enforcing the security of your home against the common mistakes that children often make regarding their keys.  Try to allow your children entrance access to only a single door, or install an electronic keypad deadbolt. Your child can be given a code to access the door, which is a lot more secure of an option than giving them a physical key. If you wish, you can install an entry camera, which allows you to monitor the door to make sure your children aren’t bringing in any unwanted guests. You can use double keyed deadbolts on all the other doors, allowing you a safety barrier to monitor who’s coming into your home. As a matter of safety, have all your children call or text you when they enter the house, or if they have forgotten the code. This security method is also fantastic for letting anyone in, from maid, to cleaners, to dog or house sitters – the codes can be programmed for individual people and can be changed or deleted at any point in time.

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Top Reasons for Lock Change

Residential locks find the need to be replaced from time to time – for varying reasons. Here’s a list of the most common reasons that door locks are changed.

Worn Out Locks

As time passes, many locks can deteriorate exponentially. Rust and metal degradation can render previously working locks completely ineffective. Make sure to inspect locks to find evidence of wearing or damage that would call for replacement locks – this includes any rusty metal, or if you have any difficulty putting your key inside the lock. Not only do worn out locks pose a security risk to your household, but they can also lock you outside your home.

 

Phantom Spare Keys

It’s important to always remember exactly who has spare keys to your home – whether you gave it to them or not. Keep track of anyone who has them, and whether they still do. If you find that keys you’ve given to friends to hold on to, or to repair people when you’re not home are missing, choose to change your locks – just to be safe. You can’t put a price on the safety of your household.

When you’re moving somewhere new.

Even if your real estate agent, landlord, or the home’s previous owner gives you their personal keys themselves, it’s pretty smart to have the locks changed anyway. Burglars can be craftier than you think – they can sneak into known landlord or realtor homes or offices to steal their property keys for easy entry.

Brand new Housemates

Even if you were in a good place with your roommates/housemates when they moved out, it’s always wise to change your locks when they move out. There’s no way of knowing if they gave their spare key to a friend, or if any unauthorized copies were made. Trust us, we’ve heard of nightmare situations where former roommates used old homes as mid-afternoon shower pads when they’ve had access to it. Nobody wants that.

 

If you or your child misplaced your keys.

This is good for peace of mind. You don’t know where your keys went; it just makes it easier to know you’re safe if you’ve changed your locks. Even if you end up finding whatever keys you lost, there’s no way of knowing whether they were clandestinely copied by somebody without your permission or knowledge.

 

In the event of a Breakup

These situations involve disagreements over ownership of domestic possessions, or access to the home. While it might seem like a drastic move to changeover locks, it can absolutely provide some closure or peace if one cannot peacefully remain in a home with their partner.

 

After Burglaries

This might be surprising but it’s not uncommon for burglars to return to the scene of the crime to steal from the very same property. Think of it this way – they’re already familiar with the home’s layout, and perhaps they laid their eyes on some valuables that they didn’t have the chance to scoop up the first time. Don’t let this possibility come to fruition.

Even if none of these situations are the case, if you don’t remember when you last got your locks switched, it’s wise to update them anyway. This can be incredibly beneficial – especially if you have old locks, as more modern mechanisms are much better suited for the break-in technology that’s proliferated around today.

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How to Avoid Locksmith Scams

 

Don’t fall victim to Mock Locksmith Scams

Many cities have scam locksmiths, which pose with realistic online listings to nab up customers. Despite Google’s supposed monitoring systems, many scam locksmiths are able to get results high up on Google searches. Many of these scam locksmiths are unlicensed contractors, hired by out of state call centers, called Lead Generators, who make profit by tricking Google to provide their users fake listings claiming physical locations, when in reality the listings don’t have any true physical locations.

Lead Generator Syndicates

The purpose of these lead generators is to extract as much cash from customers as is possible. The basic method of doing this is having a phone representative giving the customer a low estimate, around 20 dollars, but the contractor demanding much higher than that once they get to the location – a form of highway robbery, where most people will grudgingly pay ny price to be let back inside their vehicle or homes. It’s a bait and switch trick that’s growing more common across the country.

Google Scam Monitoring

While Google is committed to stop the proliferation of scam companies, it’s doing so at a very slow pace. Lead Generators go so far as to photoshop fake buildings onto Google maps, and flooding AdWords and other paid advertising services with ads for absurdly cheap service. Many of these scam companies are run by Israelis who use Israel based employment websites to find workers and systems like Google’s My Business to craft up fake listings. Google does, in fact, have oversight for these listings, as pointed out in a recent NY Times article that profiles a self-styled “google vigilante” who was deleting scam locksmith profiles from Google Maps. Frustrated with Google’s seemingly slow pace in removing these ads, he posted a fake link to a marijuana dispensary onto Google maps – and lost his Google job. Technically, through the Communications Decency Act, Google is not responsible for fake information published on their servers, even if they know in advance that the information is incorrect.

Locksmith Scam-Proof Tips

If you’re trying to figure out if a locksmith is legitimate or a scam, try following these tips.

  1. Search for an address – and if they have accreditation from the Associated Locksmiths of America. Also, check their Yelp reviews for reviews that seem like they were written by real customers, and not paid fluffers.
  2. When you call them, ask where their technicians are located, what the name of the business is, and if they have official license – and check this information against what you found in their Google listing.
  3. Ask for an advance rough estimate – if they say something unrealistically low like 20 dollars, you can be sure that it’s a scam.
  4. Ask to see the locksmith’s certification and ID, with a written price estimate before any work is started.
  5. When the technician arrives at your location, check if their vehicle is marked – if it’s unmarked, tell them to leave.
  6. If they say that the entire lock will need to be drilled out and replaced, ask them for a detailed explanation, or if there are any alternatives.
  7. Don’t ever hand over your cash or credit card unless you’re satisfied with their estimate – only taking upfront cash is additionally a major sign of a fake locksmith.
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Top Three High Security Locks

Best Business Access ControlsEveryone wants their business or home to be as secure as possible. Making sure that your existing locks are functioning properly can keep your property secure. However, in some situations, you might need a higher level of security. If this is the situation, you might want to expand your lock search beyond the traditional knob and deadbolt locks that are commonly on the market. Although these locks work well at keeping the average individual out of your property, professional lock pickers can disable these locks quite quickly. If you are keeping valuables on your property, it’s a practical choice to use a high security lock for protection. Here’s the three most popular high security locks on the market.

 

Schlage Deadbolt

This lock is somewhat more expensive than other comparable locks, however it is constructed with higher quality. This deadbolt resists drill tests, and is made out of an incredibly strong material that prevents the screws from being drilled out. It’s equipped with 4 security pins (spool pins) that make it much harder to compromise than any other comparable lock. It’s dense, heavy construction prevents it from being bumped, raked, or picked  – especially by the typical burglar. If you live in a house, this one-time expense is certainly worth the hefty price tag.

Mul-T Lock

One of the most popular manufacturers of high security locks, Mul-T-Lock’s offerings are very popular among businesses. Their MT-5 lock is particularly popular; it boasts bump, pick, and drill resistance, making it very difficult for even the most experienced burglar to disassemble. The Mul-T-Lock restricted keyway design also makes their locks an attractive choice for businesses, since the keyway copies can only be duplicated at authorized Mul-T-Lock dealer, and only with an included magnetic strip key. This helps business owners keep close watch over the control of their keys, making sure no criminal gets their hands on them. However, this added security comes with some extra charge – it’s more expensive, usually, to copy a Mul-T-Lock key than a standard one.

 

Medeco Options

Medeco is another leading maker of high security deadbolts that can be used for both homes and businesses. Particularly of note is their Maxum deadbolt type, which contains rotating pins inside the cylinder that resist any drills or picks. They additionally offer a vast variety of high security lock options at varying security grades and prices – allowing consumers to find the absolute best lock for their home or business.

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Door Types and Exit Device Regulations

 

Man is opening the emergency door.

There’s official legal codes that dictate what kind of exit devices should be included in buildings – these are called compliance codes. Just as there are many variations in the design, appearance, and function of doors, there’s wide variation in types of exit devices. Depending on what kind of door you have, different models of exit devices, and installation methods are warranted. In this short blog post, I’ll provide some detail about the most common kinds of door / exit devices combinations, and how they function.

Accessible Route Doors

These doors are regulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed by congress. The law stipulates that the locks on these doors must be able to be operated by applying under five pounds of force – this ensures that anyone can open these doors regardless of their physical condition. Additionally, the law requires that any lock devices on these doors can be operated without any sort of wrist rotation, tight grasping, or pinching. There’s a bunch of specific laws – as well as exceptions – for these accessible route doors; in order to make sure that your locks are up to code, it’s wise to consult a professional locksmith.

 

Fire Doors

These doors are installed in buildings to make sure that anybody in the building can quickly, and safely, leave the building – while additionally making sure that the fire doesn’t spread to any other areas of the building before it can be extinguished. Because of this, it’s necessary to get official approval before making any changes to the locking hardware on fire doors. These changes, if they skirt regulations, should be checked with the manufacturer of the door before being enacted. A possibility is to have an inspector sent to the physical location to make sure that any changes will be safely enacted – however, this can be costly.

 

Egress Doors

These doors have regulations that vary based on the amount of occupants inside buildings as well as the use-purpose of the building. These doors can be unlatched with a single “operation” – meaning a single physical interaction with a mechanism, but some exclusions to exist. Sometimes double-sided deadbolts can be used in commercial locations, religious locations, and places of assembly which hold less than 300 people. The regulations insist that if a double cylinder deadbolt is being utilized, there has to be a sign next to the door that states that the door has to stay unlocked when any individuals are in the room. The law also stipulates that there is apparent obvious distinguishment between unlocked and locked states of the door – it’s recommended that if you’re installing Egress doors on your property that you should discuss it with a certified locksmith familiar with the local regulations.

 

Since there’s a massive amount of complex regulations that stipulate how the above doors and their exit devices should be installed and maintained, it’s of primary importance to discuss your plans with a certified and experienced locksmith who can educate you about the legal codes in your area. Improper or illegal installation of these doors is not only a legal liability that can cost you a great deal of money, but it actually compromises the safety of anybody that’s in the building. Make sure to be proactive to ensure the safety of all the building’s occupants.

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Unpickable Locks for Doors

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Lock picking takes a lot of well honed finesse and skill. That being said, there are many expert lock pickers out that have the skills and experience to break many commercially available door locks. The trick to finding a lock that can’t be picked is to find a lock that’s somewhat unique and rare. Usually normal keyways with tumblers and pins are easily picked. Locks with security pins provide somewhat more resistance, but they’re still not ideal. The structure of the keyway or key has to be able to completely throw off the person attempting to pick your lock. Here’s a list of four fantastic locks that easily resist even the most advanced lock pickers.

 

Shi-He Chi-Me U-lock

Featuring an obstructed keyway with sharp turns and curves, this unique lock is impervious to picks because of it’s internal turns and tension. The key itself is a semi circular metal disc with extended protuberances. It’s made and sold in China, but isn’t even that widely used there. This lock is truly unique looking – and any criminal, of any skill level, would have an incredibly difficult time even guessing how it works, no less breaking the code.

HYT Chain Key

This unique lock and key blend is called a chain key because the key is a loose chain that’s placed into the lock. This allows for a unique curved keyway that resists the insertion of any tools. Without the key itself, and not being able to see the inside of the keyway, it’s impossible to guess the unique pattern hidden after the keyways curve. The chained key is somewhat delicate, however it’s truly unpickable.

 

August Smart Lock

This lock is exclusively opened via smartphone. It works on battery power, and won’t open automatically even if the power cuts out. It’s pick-proof, and can only be opened via a direct code inside your phone.

 

EVVA MCS

This magnetic lock, similar to the magnetic MIWA lock, albeit more complex, involves a key with circular cuts as well as an integrated unique magnetic pattern. Without access to the one-of-a-kind personal key, any aspiring lock-breaker will find that it’s impossible to pick the lock.

 

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Top Three High Security Door Locks

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Everyone wants their business or home to be as secure as possible. Making sure that your existing locks are functioning properly can keep your property secure. However, in some situations, you might need a higher level of security. If this is the situation, you might want to expand your lock search beyond the traditional knob and deadbolt locks that are commonly on the market. Although these locks work well at keeping the average individual out of your property, professional lock pickers can disable these locks quite quickly. If you are keeping valuables on your property, it’s a practical choice to use a high security lock for protection. Here’s the three most popular high security locks on the market.

 

Mul-T Lock

One of the most popular manufacturers of high security  door locks, Mul-T-Lock’s offerings are very popular among businesses. Their MT-5 lock is particularly popular; it boasts bump, pick, and drill resistance, making it very difficult for even the most experienced burglar to disassemble. The Mul-T-Lock restricted keyway design also makes their locks an attractive choice for businesses, since the keyway copies can only be duplicated at authorized Mul-T-Lock dealer, and only with an included magnetic strip key. This helps business owners keep close watch over the control of their keys, making sure no criminal gets their hands on them. However, this added security comes with some extra charge – it’s more expensive, usually, to copy a Mul-T-Lock key than a standard one.

 

Medeco Options

Medeco is another leading maker of high security deadbolts that can be used for both homes and businesses. Particularly of note is their Maxum deadbolt type, which contains rotating pins inside the cylender that resist any drills or picks. They additionally offer a vast variety of high security lock options at varying security grades and prices – allowing consumers to find the absolute best lock for their home or business.

NightWatch by Master Lock

A fantastic choice for high security locks, the NightWatch deadbolt provides the highest level of consumer grade high security. This lock is most often implemented in residential settings – the master lock fits over your existing deadbolt, and can be armed as though it’s a normal deadbolt, however it also has a high security NightWatch feature. This unique function maneuvers the piece that turns the lock cylinder, rendering it temporarily unfunctional. This makes it impossible to open the lock from outside, even if the key is cut specifically for it. This is a fantastic security feature for attempted break ins – however it can only be activated from inside, which makes it a better choice for residences than businesses looking for a lockup solution when nobody will be inside the store.

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