Best door hardware & locks according to redditors

We found 1,729 Reddit comments discussing the best door hardware & locks. We ranked the 775 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Door Hardware & Locks:

u/MrDorkESQ · 405 pointsr/whatisthisthing
u/Chelle422 · 315 pointsr/whatisthisthing

You might want to invest in one of these!

Addalock - (1 Piece)

Even if someone manages to pick your lock, this will stop them from actually being able to open your door - only if someone is home though, it can't be used if no one is inside to place it. I know of at least one story where it prevented a woman's rape.

u/tomygun3 · 173 pointsr/pics

Someone was inside the room or someone locked it then went out through a window. Chances are this photo was not taken by the OP or his story is made up.

Edit: Apparently it is like this. It must be a bitch to lock when you leave.

u/throw_away_dad_jokes · 161 pointsr/entitledparents

chain locks are useless, get something like this or the ones like they use in hotels that have the u bar and the nob (no idea what they are called) and make sure it is amputee dwarf bondage porn i mean if you are going to go for it go for broke man...

u/cosmos7 · 130 pointsr/legaladvice

That's problematic because it's installing a fixture, which may be an issue at the conclusion of the lease. Chains are kind of pointless anyway as they are easily broken.

A solid non-permanent option is a security stick.

u/SJHillman · 90 pointsr/bestoflegaladvice

A portable door lock might be a good alternative/backup method.

u/GenericUsername42069 · 74 pointsr/trees

An app is nice but you should always assume cops are around every corner and behind every bush.

I don't know how well it would work but I recommend something like this. Just put that shit under the car and don't worry about it. Though, I'll admit, I recommend it in theory. I've never used one myself, so I don't know if something like that is all that great.

u/arcsecond · 67 pointsr/homedefense

Defense in Depth:

  1. good neighborhood (sounds like this is out)
  2. sturdy doors/doorjambs, multiple locks (knob, deadbolt, chain, this thing)
  3. fence/fence-like shrubbery
  4. bright motion-activated outdoor-lights
  5. alarm system
    5a) dog
  6. camera system
  7. firearm
u/AutoModerator · 63 pointsr/homedefense

Perimeter hardening is often the most effective use of funds when starting out with home defense. By making it harder to get in, you will deter some criminals and give yourself additional warning time for those who continue their attempt to enter.

The most common point of forced entry is through an exterior door. Residential doors are often only held in by a dead bolt and strike plate that has 1/2 inch screws that only sinks into the soft wood of the door's trim. It's trivial for most people to kick in this door and fracture the wood trim and allow the door to swing open. To combat this, get a Door Jamb Reinforcement kit (other kits available at hardware stores, more expensive kits available that provide more protection). This kit consists of a metal plate and 3 inch screws that will distribute the force and sink into the strong wooden studs beyond your door frame, making it much stronger. Get some 3 inch screws to replace your hinge screws, which typically have the same 1/2 inch screws holding it to your door frame.

Other devices are available to help prevent forced entry while you are home. These should be used in addition to a deadbolt and door jamb reinforcement hardware:

  • Adjustable security bar
  • Reinforcement lock
  • Sliding Door Lock
  • Wooden dowel placed in the floor track of a sliding door or in a window to prevent it from opening
  • Hinge Security Pins

    If you are concerned about lock attacks (bumping, picking), consider a high end deadbolt from a manufacturer like Abloy or Medeco from Security Snobs. These locks do not have the same vulnerabilities as typical pin and tumbler keyways found in most residential deadbolts. In addition, the key blanks are restricted, which means that they can't easily duplicate your key at a shop or create one from a blank.

    The second most common point of entry is through a first story window. Window security film can be installed by a professional or by the homeowner to increase the amount of time it takes to break through a window.

    If you have a side or back yard gate, remember to lock it.

    Trim down any large bushes or shrubs that conceal windows or entries. Burglars could use these areas to hide while they break in or wait for you to leave. These should be no higher than knee or waist level. If you want to have large bushes, consider one with thorns that would make it difficult to hide near.

    If you have the budget, get a monitored alarm. Either professionally installed (ADT, etc.) or self installed (SimpliSafe, Scout, Abode, etc.)

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u/SagittariaKnows · 55 pointsr/legaladvice

>(thank goodness with my big dog)

Good puppy.

>He is lucky he was a) not shot and b) not mauled.

Yes. Yes he is.

I can only give practical advice and someone else will come along with possibilities shortly. A cheap way to get some piece of mind? (I have a front door that will only lock the deadbolt with some begging and pleading and some kind of secret handshake that I haven't learned) Get a door brace until you can get a locksmith out to fix your deadbolt. There are a bunch available. You can probably find one at a local hardware store. I'm not recommending this one specifically - I'm just starting with search terms and ideas that may help you sleep.

You can call a locksmith and have them fight with your deadbolt. It may be an easy fix.

There are several people on here who are police officers who will probably tell you that if they know all they need to know they won't put you through a really in-depth interview.

There are also self defense classes available and if you call the local police department and tell them who you are and what happened they may have some other ideas/resources as well.

Hug your puppy for us and I'm sorry this happened to you.

u/redreplicant · 53 pointsr/raisedbynarcissists

Something like this might be helpful to you, unless you think it'll cause her to escalate. Ripping the door open like that is sexually abusive, though. You have a right to your privacy.

u/exophrine · 48 pointsr/childfree

I say invest in 2 things: a door wedge and an AddALock device.

If your door has a good latch bolt on it, you don't have to invest in a whole lock. I've discovered an invention called an AddaLock that just fits right in the little slither between the door and door frame. When it's locked in place, it keeps the door from ever opening, regardless of how hard you try to open it. Of course, it's only as strong as the door's wood.

Amazon link - it's small and easy to install, and it really works.

EDIT: You cannot lock a door from the outside with the AddALock. It only works from the inside. Keep that in mind.

u/Oakroscoe · 41 pointsr/CCW

You can put some door armor on your front door. That will stop someone from kicking it in, unless they have a bartering ram:

u/cardinal29 · 40 pointsr/legaladvice

I'd put a chain up, and use it whenever you are home. If you can't do that (screw holes, etc.) there are security door stoppers or this device that stops maintenance people, even if they have a key.

u/Rock_it_Scientist · 37 pointsr/lifehacks

This won't do fucking shit.

Source: I had a teenager kick my door open a couple years ago. Here is what is left of my 2X6 door jamb after the kick. Pulled the 4" screws clean out and cracked the stud.

If you want some real protection against someone kicking open your door you need one of these or these

u/eduardojlino · 36 pointsr/lifehacks

Addalock - (1 Piece ) Portable Door Lock, Travel Lock, AirBNB Lock, School Lockdown Lock

Just got this from Amazon the other day. I love it. Take it with you anywhere. Works great. I leave my home at 1am and my kids and wife stay at home alone and this makes her feel much much more secure.

u/sfw_forreals · 33 pointsr/trailrunning

I just take the ignition key off and leave all the others in the car so no jangle. If that's not an option, I have a friend who uses a magnetic key box that you can attach to the undercarriage of your car.

u/mountaingoat05 · 30 pointsr/legaladvice

In the meantime, when you are home, invest in one of those door stops so that he can't enter the apartment. You aren't changing the locks, but you're preventing entry. Something like this:

u/gdmonky · 27 pointsr/baltimore

I put an old school bar barricade on all my back doors. 2 of my neighbors have already gotten their doors kicked in this season. All home owners should do something to make their doors more secure. Metal door frame reinforcements will be added to my front door.

I love summer in Baltimore!

u/randomwtf2 · 26 pointsr/AmItheAsshole

You absolutely lock your door every single time and just flat out tell her "I'm locking my door. This is not negotiable."

In addition to locking your door, get a few other things:

u/mytoastisfruity · 26 pointsr/whatisthisthing

It's a lock for a regular door on a house. The bent part at the end goes in the hole on the jamb and you squeeze and slide the other part up to the door.

Edit: here

u/sdfg9dfg9hj · 25 pointsr/LetsNotMeet

Thats why its useful to lock your door from the inside. You can use addition locks like this or just a chair wedged under the handle.

It takes about 30 seconds to pick the lock on even high end dead bolt locks. Consumer grade door security is garbage.

Here is someone using two bobby pins in less than a minute.

You can make bump keys, electric lock picks, manual picks, etc, etc. The locks on your door mean nothing to someone who understands how basic they are.

If you suspect someone is entering your house like this you can set traps to detect them. Place some small pieces of dust or "trash" like paper in windowsills where if someone came in and out they would disrupt it. Remember or write down the exact positions of these items. Similarly, when you leave your house reach inside the door and place a small piece of trash right behind the door so if its opened the trash will be blown or otherwise moved from the position you remember placing it in. Carefully open the door and check your trap when getting home. They might see the trap but it doesn't matter, they already triggered it and you will know no matter what that someone was there.

>I keep a metal baseball bat by my bed now and I will use it.

Make sure you know how to swing it well. If I saw someone with a bat it wouldn't really make me hesitate and in fact would just make me think they were focusing too much on the bat as a useful weapon when its really not, especially inside a house where you'll almost always not have room to generate power.

I would suggest a Ruger .380 LCP loaded with high quality ammo kept in a fingerprint locked safe. Total cost is under $500.

Make sure you bolt the safe down so your children don't get any ideas later on in life. Also, make sure you teach them gun safety before they're teenagers. The four rules. Treat all guns as if loaded. Never point a gun at something you wouldn't accept being destroyed. Know your target and what is beyond it. Finger off the trigger/out of the trigger gurd at all times until you want to shoot.

u/plaidpaint · 25 pointsr/whatisthisthing

Portable door lock.

For extra security at a hotel or whatever.

u/EmporioIvankov · 25 pointsr/childfree

There are doorknob locks you might try. They're like little plastic cages that hang around a knob. So no one can turn the knob, and it can only be unlocked with the key. They come in all shapes, I believe.

ETA: Not that you should have to get a lock. This is ridiculous. I'm just saying there are locks you don't have to screw into walls.

u/Spider_J · 23 pointsr/ABoringDystopia

Bad solution to a solved problem.

We have two of these in our house for home defense, one for a downstairs office and one for the bedroom, and might get more. It's 1/3 of the price, takes <1 second to set, and can withstand 800lbs of force (not including the extra strength from the doorknob).

I honestly recommend anyone get one. We have firearms to defend ourselves, but, it saves a lot of moral and legal problems to just stop them from getting to us in the first place while we wait for the cops.

u/jonfitt · 22 pointsr/tifu

$4.64. Keep them tucked in the top of the door frame. Seems easier and safer than reversing a door lock!

u/for_the_naughty · 22 pointsr/sex

Every one I've lived in. They're "privacy locks"; they're not for security, they're just to prevent someone from wandering in. They can be unlocked with either a straight pin
or a small tool that resembles a flat screwdriver
(and, in fact, you can use a small screwdriver to unlock those).

u/mr1337 · 22 pointsr/homedefense

>I hate guns

This is a response that a lot of people have who didn't grow up around guns. However, don't let that emotional response affect your safety. If you're open minded in having the best self defense tool available, go take a gun safety course. Preferably one that includes live fire after classroom instruction. This will demystify firearms, which for most people, removes the fear of them. After this, you should still have a healthy respect for them and what they can do. To keep them inaccessible to your children, get a quick access safe.

Whether or not you get a gun, here's some other things you can do:

  • Door Jamb reinforcement kit. These cost between $8 and $70 depending on how heavy duty you want to go, but they will make your door many times stronger than it is currently. Here's a basic one: - this comes with 3 inch screws to anchor into your studs behind your door frame.
  • Replace hinge screws with 3 inch screws. If you have the door jamb reinforcement kit, you should do this too to take care of the hinges which may still be vulnerable to kick ins.
  • Additional door security: - these will make it harder to break in while you're home.
  • Additional door security: - another thing to keep your door closed.
  • If you have a window near your door that could be broken to unlock the door, consider window security film, which will make it harder to break.
  • Get a monitored alarm system. Either professional install (ADT, etc.) or one that you install yourself (SimpliSafe, Abode, Scout, etc.). Typically the ones you install yourself do not come with contracts, but you have to buy the equipment up front.
  • Security cameras can get expensive, and they can't stop a crime in progress, although they may be a deterrent if a would-be burglar sees them. I would skip this until your budget increases. The money you would have spent on that will go further with the other suggestions mentioned.
  • That being said, a doorbell camera (Ring, Skybell) can be a great tool for when you're not home. Some burglars will knock or ring the doorbell to determine if the house is empty (they would rather break into an empty house). If you have a doorbell camera, you can respond to them when they knock or ring, making them think that you are actually home which is likely to make them leave.
u/romper_el_dia · 21 pointsr/JUSTNOFAMILY

This will keep him out without damaging the door: Addalock

This one causes an alarm to go off (which I like because it may train him): Anndason Door Stop Security Alarm with 120 DB Siren

u/brimstn · 20 pointsr/homedefense

You can also add these for extra protection:

Door Armor

Prime-Line Door Reinforcement Lock

I have these on all of my exterior doors, along with 3"'ll make kicking any of them in extremely hard, if not impossible.

u/ms23789 · 19 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Came to recommend this, specifically this kind of lock which doesn’t require special install so is perfect for an apartment. Addalock - (1 Piece ) Portable Door Lock It doesn’t look like much but will keep your door locked even if someone has a key.

u/Allibob1 · 19 pointsr/beyondthebump

Could you use one of these portable locks?

u/darktor · 18 pointsr/homedefense

You need to harden up your home and business first. Alarms and cameras are only good for after they stole everything. Alarms to let you know that you've been robbed so you can get pissed off that you've been robbed and cameras to maybe see what they look like, but will not be caught.

Put longer screws into the door strikers. Get something like this for the door.

and a door striker like this.

For your home, while your sleeping, I would get something like this.

u/LedToWater · 17 pointsr/homedefense

Have they been breaking in one particular way? If so, maybe we could help prepare for their preferred way.

I always highly recommend hardening your home. It helps that you are in the second floor, that means they are less likely to target your windows (unless there is access to your windows). So, let's focus on the door. Doors (and their frames) are often quite vulnerable.

If your door doesn't have a deadbolt, get one and use it! A deadbolt is much, much stronger than the lock on the knob, but it doesn't do anything for you if you don't lock the deadbolt. It is slightly less convenient because you have to use a key to lock it when you leave, but the extra security far outweighs the slight inconvenience. Use your deadbolt.

You may be limited in what the landlord allows you to do, but I'd suggest you do some version of the following to reinforce the door. You can get a door reinforcement kit like this or this (I've sometimes seen the prime-line kit for sale at HD or Lowes for more like $25). These will reinforce the weak door frame and make it much harder to kick in the door. If that is too big of a change, maybe you'd be allowed to replace the strike plate with one like this. That would be a good step up from a standard strike plate. If you aren't allowed to do any of those, at a minimum you should replace the short screws that your strike plate and hinges likely have now, with longer screws (3-4 inch screws are good). The longer screws will anchor the strike plate not only to the weak door frame, but to the strong 2x4 structure behind the frame too. Also a few of those long screws on the hinge side of the door; stock hinge screws are often too short for good security too.

Reinforcing the door will make it much harder to kick in, so they will probably move on to a softer target. It would also take longer and make more noise, giving you more time to call for help, arm yourself, or escape.

If their preferred method is not to kick in the door, but to attack the lock (using a bump key or lock picks), I'd suggest switching to a high security lock like a medeco or assa/abloy. If you can't afford that, then a lock that uses a non-standard key would at least help some. Kwikset KW1 and Schlage SC1 are the most common keys, so those would be the most common bump keys carried by thieves. Getting a lock that doesn't use either of those would at least make them less likely to have the proper key handy.

What I wrote above can help keep people out; that is most important in my opinion. After that, some sort of alarm may make an intruder want to leave more quickly, or also give you extra warning.

Edit: I just wanted to add that many companies use the KW1 and SC1 keys, not just kwikset and schlage. So if you want a less common key, you have to do your due diligence to know what key it uses. For example, I think Baldwin uses either a KW1 or SC1; also, i think Defiant uses a KW1. And definitely avoid anything that uses Kwikset's "Smart Key". The Smart Key locks are just weak junk.

u/MiaElla · 15 pointsr/toddlers

Our toddler did the same, these are amazing and now on every door!

u/scoby-dew · 15 pointsr/raisedbynarcissists

If you can't leave sooner than 4 months, I suggest looking into renting a storage locker for you things so they can't trash your possessions when you are not there. (As far as they're concerned, the things were sold because you needed cash or whatever.)

If you cannot leave sooner, for your own personal safety, consider getting a travel door lock. You can keep it with you when you're not home, and have a way to secure your door when you're resting. A portable door alarm might also help you to rest more easily.

If they don't know you have one of those door locks, anyone trying to pick the doorknob may assume they've done something incorrectly.

u/her_nibs · 14 pointsr/ottawa

You can get a chain lock that has a key lock in it, that you can lock and unlock from either side of the door. It's not a replacement for a deadbolt or anything, but it will give shifty landlords a moment's pause, at least. A product I would not have known about if not for the slumlords at CLV!

Do go to the landlord-tenant board -- they are pleasant to deal with and generally effective. You can also try bylaw services -- "By-law provisions concerning zoning, business licences, and the maintenance and upkeep of existing buildings, including rental properties, are the responsibility of the City’s By-law Services Branch Community and Protection Services Department." It sounds like the place is run-down enough that it'd arouse their interests.

u/sabowski · 14 pointsr/pics

I don't know what exactly is going in this situation, but this exists

u/sgtsnyder88 · 14 pointsr/homedefense

My first recommendation will always be to get a gun an training, however if you're not comfortable with that (as you stated in another comment) then that's ok too. The worst thing you can do is buy a gun you're not going to use that can potentially be used against you. Regardless of what some other clueless users may state, the sound alone will NOT scare off an intruder

So, given that, it sounds in your situation like your only reasonable point of entry is the front door, so beef it up.

As another user stated you can get a better deadbolt and it doesn't have to break the bank. Just do your homework, get a grade I lock, and stay away from your cheaper locks (pretty much anything made by kwikset).

In addition, the door reinforcement kit is a good option as most break-ins tend to simply be kicking the door in. What actually happens in this situation is that the force of the kick is actually driving your metal deadbolt through the wooden frame of the door, splintering the frame. A reinforcement kit and longer screws (a good 3" wood screw ought to do it) will help mitigate this risk.

Hope this helps

u/Eleanor_Abernathy · 13 pointsr/legaladvice
u/llamanoir · 13 pointsr/childfree

First, I'd put away any of your fragile and expensive collectibles. Put them on a high shelf or see if you can keep them at a trusted friend's house.

Try to get a latch for your door or a door knob cover.

As far as babysitting, if you just do a crappy job, they won't ask you to do it (hopefully). If they leave you with them, call the parents constantly and ask dumb questions about childcare.

  • "What do you mean I'm supposed to put a clean diaper on the baby instead of leaving it naked in the crib?"

  • "What do you mean the small kid wasn't supposed to have candy for dinner?"

  • "What do you mean I wasn't supposed to invite over my friend with a criminal record?"

    Better yet, leave the house as soon as the parents start heading for the door.
u/triplehelix013 · 13 pointsr/homedefense

Short answer: You need to move, this could escalate to violence including a murder. If taking a job in another state can keep everyone in your household alive then it is an action you need to seriously consider.

If for whatever reason you decide to stay then read on.

If you are the target then typical criminal deterrence will not be effective.

Cameras are good for collecting evidence for police, without evidence police won't do anything. Their job is to arrest criminals after they have committed a crime not protect you from a future crime.

You need to ensure the entries to your house are hardened, there are many resources online on how to harden your doors and windows. Here is a simple guide from the sidebar that has some good ideas: . I personally have a stronger strike plate with 3" screws and a door jam on my external doors.

None of this protects you from someone burning your house down while you are inside. You need good fire detection and quality fire extinguishers as well as methods to escape through windows on upper floors is necessary. Create an escape plan for multiple scenarios and ensure your family does a regular walkthrough and everyone knows it by heart. Beware that the fire may be used to lure you outside to attack you with violence when you are no longer protected by the walls of your home. This is a fairly common carjacking technique where the criminals cause a small fender bender and when the person gets out of the car they steal it with violence or the threat of violence. I briefly cover personal protection below but you must be aware of that tactic so you can be prepared if that is the scenario you find yourself in

If you are the target then you need to take your personal protection and the protection of your family very seriously. Don't take this responsibility alone, your gf and her kids need to up their awareness. If something seems out of place do not ignore it, mitigate your risk by removing yourself/family from the danger that could surround that abnormality.

You also need a means to protect yourself if this harasser gets violent with you or your family. I'm a firearms person and live in Nevada where I can fairly easily obtain a concealed firearms permit. Where you live you may not be able to legally carry outside your home. A firearm and training are the best force multipliers civilians can use to defend themselves against unknown threats (we don't what this person is capable of, what tools he will use, or if he is acting alone). Personally, I believe an 5.56mm AR-15 rifle is the best home defense tool and a 9mm handgun is the best on person defense tool. You mentioned your girlfriend has 2 kids, regardless of age you must be 100% committed to ensuring any firearms you bring into a house with kids is behind a lock any time it is not on your person. In your situation I would recommend you have a handgun on your hip at all times you are awake. If you need more help with fireams advice/tactics/resources I can help you.

If firearms are not right choice for you (they aren't if you can't be 100% committed to ensuring it is impossible for the kids to get access) there are other less effective tools. I prefer pepper spray and carry it in addition to a firearm. Get some small canisters for on body carry and some of these larger canisters for in the home. Understand that when you deploy the spray everyone will be impacted and it will only buy some time to escape. I do not recommend stun guns as they are inconsistent and many people recover fairly quickly when they are done riding the lightning. Knives are effective at creating fatal wounds but not effective at stopping threats. A wounded attacker can still inflict damage for minutes after receiving a fatal stab wound. So I would not recommend those unless you have some knife defense proficiency already. Striking tools like batons and baseball bats can be effective medium range tools but can also be used against you if you are disarmed and rarely incapacitate in a single swing. These tools are only to ensure you and your household survive in the event you have to fight for your life, awareness and avoiding the fight is your most effective tool and only if your awareness fails should you have to resort to your fighting tools.

Hopefully your cameras can catch this individual doing something significant enough that the police will get involved and remove them from the general public. You can't depend on that though and have to have a layered approach to ensuring the safety of yourself and everyone in your household. Good luck!

edit: my phone bugged and I had to finish this from my computer, sorry for the originally cut off response.

u/Kraken747 · 13 pointsr/preppers

Maybe off topic but since we are speaking on home security it kinda fits. I was a residential door installer for years. I have replaced countless doors I to people's homes. You would not believe how many doors I've seen installed with 1 inch screws. Check and replace these screws with 3 inch screws. They are usually long enough to hit the framing of the house and add strength. Also many doors do not have deadbolts so the cheapest and easiest solution to this I have found is an amazon product. Very easy to Install with a drill and feels very sturdy. It can only be locked from the inside how ever so best use is for a door in a garage or back door.

Defender Security Satin Nickel U 10827 Door Reinforcement Lock - Add Extra, High Security to your Home and Prevent Unauthorized Entry - 3" Stop, Aluminum Construction Finish, 3"

u/lux_nox_ez · 11 pointsr/legaladvice

You can get door chains that can be locked/unlocked from outside the door,

u/ReticulateLemur · 11 pointsr/toddlers

We put this on our front door to keep the toddler from opening it on her own. It's been working well, though it can be a bit sticky at times for the adults if you're not familiar with how to work it.

u/primo_pastafarian · 11 pointsr/homeowners

Do it yourself. It is MUCH cheaper.

I recommend this one if you want to replace the entire knob. (kwikset) It has the benefit of being able to re-key your locks in about 10 seconds, without disassembling the knob, if you decide to change your locks again in the future. Super easy. $20 per knob.

Alternatively, you could get something like this (re-keying kit). It's only $10, and you can re-key several locks. It's definitely a bit delicate though. Make sure to follow the instructions very precisely, or you'll end up with pins shooting everywhere from the springs.

Whichever method you choose, you should be done in about an hour. Do you like the idea of having a job that makes/saves $130 per hour?

u/CmdrSquirrel · 11 pointsr/guns

The deadbolt itself is hardly a concern for somebody kicking in your door.

For front door security, you need a few things:

  • Nightlock floor-mounted barricade
  • Two entry stops along your lock side door jamb
  • Door jamb armor kit
  • Deadbolt flip guard

    Assuming you have a solid core door and use at least 3" nails screws (oops) to install everything (pre-drill pilot holes so you don't split your frame/jamb), that door will be straight up zombie apocalypse proof. Somebody would have to use explosives to get it open.

    This is pretty much how I did my front door, so I've bought and installed these and can attest to their solid...ness. There are also a lot of youtube videos showing how well they work alone, let alone together.
u/Oberoni · 10 pointsr/videos


That little thing has kept several people from just walking into my hotel room. Chain hotels double book fairly frequently, they also don't change the locks all that often. If you 'lose' a card they may charge you a small fee but it will still open that door. Mid-day rolls around you can assume whoever is in the room is off doing something and you can walk in and take their stuff.

u/wwabc · 10 pointsr/homedefense

you can reinforce a door jam pretty cheaply:

that would assume a solid door, not hollow core that could be kicked in

u/NewkTownTN · 10 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I'd also like to add "Door Armor" to the list. I like knowing that my home is at least a little more secure while I'm away.

u/PageFault · 9 pointsr/badroommates

Why not try to practice self control and talk to them like an adult first, and reserve losing your shit if it continues after the talk?

It's going to be tough to ask children to be quiet in the middle of the afternoon. It may be best just to move out.

Here are a few options to keep the kids out of your room in the meantime:

u/UncannyGenesis · 9 pointsr/onebag

I travel with a similar product, the Addalock. Same concept, but the two pieces are attached together so you can't lose one of them.

u/Lil_Sebastian_ · 9 pointsr/AmItheAsshole
u/anonymousforever · 9 pointsr/TrueOffMyChest

Here's a portable door lock you could use for when "just walking in" is inappropriate.

Also, need to have that talk about "respecting ones need for some privacy" and how she wouldn't like it if you were to barge in on her while she's changing. It's pretty rough if you are so fed up as to consider doing the same to her to let her be on the receiving end 'to see how she likes being barged in on while nude'.

u/ecNate · 8 pointsr/homedefense

This is really weird and probably impossible. If you want to be able to lock it and leave, but it needs to be discreet so nobody on the outside knows it's there? I mean all they have to do is try and open it to know it's now locked. Isn't this then the problem, you want it to be unknown that it's locked? Just change the door knob, it's only a keyhole exposed. I suppose you could add a child lock plastic cover to cover the lock...You really need to explain your problem with making it obvious that a lock now exists for people to help.

Any device added to it will either be obvious as well, although there is this device that you can use to lock while you are in the room that would not be obvious from the outside, but if you need to leave and keep it locked then you would be out of luck.

u/Kinderheart · 8 pointsr/Parenting

You might not like this idea much, but.... Could you move her into your room? That way it's more likely she'll wake you up when she wakes up? Put a lock like this on your door so she can't get out without you. You can put a potty chair in the room so she can go to the bathroom during the night if she needs to.

As for her actions toward others, do you think you could convince your other children to ignore her when she hurts them? For instance, they're playing together and she pulls their hair, they just get up and walk away from her. They can come be in the same room as you, and if she continues to harass them, you can physically restrain her. Just don't speak to acknowledge her beyond physically preventing her from hurting others (or herself). Watching her siblings just walk away from her, or not acknowledging her existence may be the catalyst to her wanting their attention. If she's lonely, she'll learn how to get attention the right way.

u/Beth_S · 8 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

We used these with my mother.

Put it near the top of the door and the door will not open. The metal is light-weight enough that you could force it open in an emergency.

u/mrcanard · 8 pointsr/whatisthisthing

Looks like a key for an interior privacy knob lock. I think a Quickset brand lock set. Try it on one of bathroom doors.


edit: the trim carpenter would leave them on top of the door casing over the door with the lock.

u/HomeSickInNY · 8 pointsr/homedefense

These are options as well.

Door Armor MAX – Complete Door Reinforcement Set in Satin Nickel — Door Security by Armor Concepts

As another reddit user mentioned, longer screws improve the lock's security.

u/some_random_kaluna · 7 pointsr/LetsNotMeet

These are door braces that you put underneath the door handle and set in place.

Get a couple when you're going on vacation, and some door stoppers too. It'll make you a harder target, and buy you more time.

And the next time you're down in Cancun, buy a dinky-little tourist machete. The next guys that try to force their fingers in, well... you can slice them off. Their screams of pain should be loud enough to alert security.

u/Cucubert · 7 pointsr/preppers

Maybe take a peek at this too. For travel security, I have been eyeing this and this.

u/CaliMel · 7 pointsr/CalPoly

Ugh. Definitely be careful then. Like seriously, I would suggest ordering those lock things off of Amazon ASAP. It's ballsy to go through someones wallet while they are sleeping right there, so obviously the person has no shame. Make sure you do not keep ANYTHING out that has passwords in it. No diaries. Sleep with your wallet in the bed with you. I would not say a word about it, just install the locks on stuff, and protect your stuff nonchalantly. Also I realize this sounds insane, but if you have credit cards, put a fraud alert on your account. Do not underestimate people. Does your part where your stuff is have a lock on it? you might even talk to the RA about switching rooms just to be safe. I know it'll flame your relationship with your roomies, but you can make new ones and that's some real serious Klepto stuff that will just add way more stress to your life than necessary. If you cannot switch rooms, figure out a way to lock your door. Also, from reading how the locks work in those doors, it looks like you can just open them with the credit card trick, which is REALLY not good. I would for sure figure out a way to lock the door while you are sleeping with one of those bar things that attaches to the door and the floor so that they can't do that and sneak in. It won't help while you are out, but if you lock everything down, they'll move on to your other roommates who presumably have not protected their stuff. Something like this might be good: this thing while you are IN the room:


If you have a laptop, get something like this for when you aren't taking it with you. It's good to have anyways for when you are using it on campus and need to get up and go to the bathroom or get a coffee.

u/rpfflgt · 7 pointsr/badroommates

Well, if it says you're not allowed to change locks, just add one /r/maliciouscompliance

u/SandyWandy29 · 7 pointsr/ucf

I’m an international student as well and living by myself with no friends/family gave me major anxiety about feeling safe in my first year at UCF. I have this door stopper . It’s cheap and portable. It’s given me back my peace of mind and I’m not worried as much anymore.

I’m sorry this happened to you, and I hope something like this can help you as a precaution and give you some amount of security.

u/densetsu23 · 7 pointsr/Edmonton

As an aside, if you're somewhere between an entry-level and moderate handyman it's not too difficult to grab a lock repinning kit from Home Depot and just change the pins in the locks. They have kits for a few different brands. Amazon has the Schlage, Weiser, and Kwikset kits for a bit cheaper than HD.

It's what I'd do between tenants. Under $20 to repin up to six locks to use the keys included in the kit. The first lock I did took a good half-hour to get the hang of it, but after that it was under 10 minutes a lock.

u/dxiao · 7 pointsr/homeowners

I bought this from amazon and followed a YouTube video to rekey it myself.

I bought a new house and didn’t want to spend $200 bucks to get my locks rekeyed. Payed $20 bucks and spent 1.5 hours on 3 locks, resulted in 3 same keys and opened all 3 locks.

u/Bearhugswnucleararms · 7 pointsr/preppers

We have these for our door

We love em, they are super sturdy and the point of leverage on them paired with long screws makes them solid

u/villdyr · 7 pointsr/LetsNotMeet

You could get something like this: Calslock Portable Door & Travel Lock

Or Google "travel door lock." There's another removable block called a DoorJammer, and MasterLock makes something too. If nothing else I'd put a little alarm or bells or something on doors. And listen to your dogs :) We put a ladder in front of the door when we go to bed. It makes a lot of noise when it falls over and it's hard to move it from outside once it's fallen over, because you can't open the door all the way.

It'd be best to change locks but you should have another type of barricade or alert anyway in case someone defeats the lock or gets access to your keys.

u/cybin · 7 pointsr/legaladvice

Don't install a chain door lock. There are other, non-installation-style, door stops that can be used indoors, like this for instance.

u/cherriessplosh · 6 pointsr/legaladvice

I have Yale touchscreen locks. Bonus: they're pick-proof.

u/CrayonRed · 6 pointsr/AskHR
u/MadSciTech · 6 pointsr/homedefense

get a door hardening kit. You want one that will replace the hinge screws with atleast 3in long screws, a metal bracket to wrap around the door where your locks are to prevent splitting, and a long metal bar on the frame of the door with long screws. Here's what i put on my doors:

You can also replace all your locks with higher security locks, don't get electronic locks as they have a bad history. If you want to make things a big pain in the ass for an intruder replace deadbolts with double cylinder deadbolts. That forces anyone who breaks in to go out the same way they came in as they cant unlock your doors. Came in a window? They're going back out the window.

Edit: there is also this, which looks pretty good.

But really, a properly hardened door will be very hard to kick in and will give you plenty of time to react.

u/palejolie · 6 pointsr/myfavoritemurder

For those that travel for a living... this is what I use. Apparently the door jammer has been known to slide on certain surfaces. The Addalock doesn’t! I love it.

u/JAI82 · 6 pointsr/CCW

>We will also be staying at Air BnBs, which is another concern of mine. Not only would they not have security or anything like a hotel, someone else definitely has keys. I think a door brace would be too bring to take with me, is there anything else I should look into? A door wedge, alarm, etc?

You might be looking for something like this.

u/Bobbum_Van · 6 pointsr/aww

My black and white cat opens doors too! We have a similar handle but it's lower down, he's a long cat so he actually stands up and pulls down on the handle with his paw. Its so bad we have to lock doors and bought interior door lock keys to keep him out of certain rooms, or to keep him from stealing the other cat's food.

u/SpenB · 6 pointsr/childfree

First of all, you're completely in the right. You are offering shelter to your friend, with stipulations such as not going into your private bedroom, and your friend agreed to the terms. If the rugrat isn't under control that's not your problem.

Second, you might want to look at a door knob lock like [this one] (, which goes over the doorknob already there. Or a child proofing lock like the one [here] (

I would tell your friend to pay for one of those if she has a problem.

u/antarcticgecko · 6 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Wow looks great! I would love to get to do that and learn how.

Just had a kid and I’ve gone into super dad mode trying to beef up the house security. I bought these door reinforcements and will replace my hinge screws with three inch screws. Do you think that would have helped with preventing or delaying a kick in?

u/GrinningToad · 6 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

I don't know about Canadian law, but it's definitely an invasion of privacy. While you're trying to find out the legal side of it, pick up a portable door lock. You don't have to nail or screw it to anything and it will keep him out while you are inside.

u/tdorn2000 · 6 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

What about this or something like it?

u/canarchist · 5 pointsr/whatisthisthing

A common variation on the standard chain security device.

Keyed Chain Door Lock

Normally it would be mounted so that the key isn't needed to unlatch it from inside. The one you picture just has the key lock part mounted outside the door trim and that affects the reach of the chain. It's questionable if you could even open the door enough to reach in with the key in that position.

u/JbonesC4 · 5 pointsr/insaneparents

There’s also this, OP.

u/KikiMoon · 5 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

I say this with a bit of pettiness and a lot of “be prepared for her craziness”:

[Portable door lock](Addalock - (1 Piece ) The Original Portable Door Lock, Travel Lock, AirBNB Lock, School Lockdown Lock

u/ImSorryButWho · 5 pointsr/homeautomation

Schlage makes a zwave one:

I've had one for about three years, and found it works great.

u/raculot · 5 pointsr/RealEstate

I'm with you. I've used this kit from amazon for $8 to change all the locks on a house myself quite easily. They're really not as complex to change as you think.

u/mockeryofreason · 5 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

Seriously, not a bad mom; you were supposed to be safe, in your own home, you were sleeping. People don't necessarily sense things are wrong and that doesn't make you a bad mother, fuck her with a goddamned soldering iron.

Also, that cop is gr8, holy fuck.

More importantly, if you have a new location you may want to be sure to have some kind of motion sensor that will trip and set off alarms loud enough to wake at least one of you if she sets foot on the property. Have you considered potentially getting a dog trained to at least start barking if someone gets close, if not?

I mean based I'm the fire incident alone I'd be fucking terrified of her doing something whole you slept, again, and a woman willing to burn her grandchildren and their mother alive for calling the cops her pedophilic piece of shit son is not a woman who's gonna think oh no, they have an RO/TO against me I can't get close!! You know? I'd consider getting a weapon, and check state laws. If you're not comfortable with a gun you can get things like pepper spray or a taser, also a security system.

Another way to hopefully at least make breaking in hard in the event she somehow got ahold of a house key is to get a key cover like this, if you're worried. Just an extra layer of security if you need it, made of diecast.

That url cover gore tho. Anyway, yes, I just thought I'd throw these out there, but I'm sure you have covered all of your bases three times by now. But it never hurts to put safety suggestions out there I figure, better safe than sorry. I hope things go smoothly for you and your family, and that you all stay safe.

u/HisGloryAlrighty · 5 pointsr/legaladvice

Since the neighbor has suggested he'll get physically violent, I would also suggest reinforcing the door knobs and strikes. Relatively cheap, easy to install, and will buy you very precious time if the neighbor decides to start kicking the door down.

u/rdxj · 5 pointsr/CCW

I've had this and this in my Amazon shopping cart for months now. As soon as my wife and I find the house we want to buy, and move out of our rental, I'm purchasing both and installing them forthwith.

u/robmcguinness · 5 pointsr/Abode

The Abode Reddit Wiki has a list of unofficial compatible devices which includes the Yale lock. I purchased Yale Assure Lock Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt with Z-Wave in Satin Nickel (YRD240-ZW-619) from Amazon and it works like a charm with the Abode gateway. As soon as I can I'm buying another lock for the other entry door.

Best of luck.

u/RazsterOxzine · 5 pointsr/Columbus

I installed a few of the Door Reinforcement Locks and they're amazing. We tested one on a remodel, we used sledge hammers in order to get in, but it wasn't what broke first, it was the hinges that gave... But it took a lot of time, enough time for someone at home to call the police, lock and load.

u/richard_nixon · 4 pointsr/lifehacks
u/mtux96 · 4 pointsr/daddit

These might work as well if he can access the track where the doors slide on.

But, kids can be pretty strong. I had to screw these chains on some of my cabinets because those plastic ones get broken a couple seconds after I install them.

u/imnotlegolas · 4 pointsr/badroommates

That's a tricky one. Normally I'd say get the hell out because the guy definitely does not know his boundaries. You just being nice to him makes him think you wants to fuck and that's just pathetic and wrong.

However realistically if you only have two months to go, it might be tricky to break your contract and find a new place just like that. And expensive.

Have you tried to specifically tell him at a neutral time (for example, not after he tried something with you in anger) that you do not appreciate his advances and that if he touches you inappropriately again, you'll go to the cops?

Or if that's a scary prospect, perhaps put it in writing? After saying that, ignore contact with him. Be clear about that - don't be polite, you don't have to be. He ruined that. Also get some pepperspray just in case.

As for your door, try and find one of these locks. They do not require any drilling what-so-ever (I assume because you're renting you can't drill in the doors for a real lock) and will still offer extra safety and security, so you at least will feel a bit more comfortable for the remaining two weeks.

u/ChibiLlama · 4 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

Here's a cheap lock you can get for your door that doesn't require installation: Amazon Page

u/Sharptoe1 · 4 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

These work pretty good in my experience. Cheapest ones I've seen are around 5 bucks.

u/kenmacd · 4 pointsr/halifax

What about temporary locks while you're in there? I can't see how that's any different than putting a chair against the door.

u/NightmareNoises · 4 pointsr/HomeImprovement

This is my go to for all exterior doors, would be difficult to defeat. There is no opening the door if this is latched vs th chain/u style.

As a temp alternative I also have an addalock:

u/willvotetrumpagain · 4 pointsr/cyclocross
u/Skadota · 4 pointsr/whatisthisthing

Kwikset Interior Door Emergency Key for interior doors [bedroom/bathroom)

u/crzfirensfw · 4 pointsr/homedefense

What type of locks are they? You can fin pin kits on Amazon to rekey about 6 locks.

Here is a kit that i bought and if you take your time its not too bad.

u/chance1117 · 4 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I purchased a kit on Amazon and did it myself. It wasn't too difficult. The kit I bought isn't available anymore. This looks similar: Prime-Line Products E 2402 Schlage Type C Re-Keying Kit, 5 Pin

u/stab_in_the_eye · 4 pointsr/howto

Let me preface with saying I have never bought a Schlage Prefab Repin kit.


This one on Amazon looks good for the price.

It seems to have everything. There are few complaints in the reviews:

  • The keys don't work (it is possible they used the wrong keyway)
  • Lack of pins (You can buy more in the link below)
  • If the key does not work or you want a different one a locksmith can make you one for few dollars, not a big deal.

    Schlage are a little bit more money. These are the pins I buy from CLK Supply. You can try their discount code RCLP2 and that is good for 20% off all pins most of the time.

    If you need any additional help feel free to ask!

u/Shod_Kuribo · 4 pointsr/dndnext

That's so the tenant doesn't complain about not having their preferred type of lock (usually bar/chain, knob, and dead bolt), not because it makes the door significantly more secure.

If you want a really secure door you need to reinforce the area around the door knob + deadbolt and use one of the long striker plate + dead bolt plates that screws throughout a significant portion of the door jamb. More locks doesn't help significantly.

Something like this and this .

or if you're not wanting to spend quite that much and

If you have a solid door you can make it prohibitive to break just with the longer striker plate and screws that reach deep into the 2x4s on the other side of the jamb.

u/_LouSandwich_ · 4 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I use these and like them very much. Manufacturer claims they can withstand 800 lbs of force.

Defender Security U 10827 Door Reinforcement Lock

u/smrtprts · 4 pointsr/homedefense
u/CantStopPoppin · 4 pointsr/LetsNotMeet

If you can't move arm your self and get security cameras. Please look into something like this for your door

Visit r/wyze and r/homedefense post this on home defense there are people that are more knowledgeable than me on there that can point you in the right direction. I am beyond glad you and your child are safe and I am also so sorry you had to go through something like that. you are an amazing mother and your survival skills are a testament to it.

u/yoinkmasta107 · 3 pointsr/guns

I assume you mean this. The reviews are mixed. Some say it's great, others say that it has some serious flaws.

If I lived in a place where I felt I needed that, I'd rather upgrade to solid wood doors and replace all the hardware to reinforce it better, get an alarm system, a dog, a gun and maybe a solid wood door with deadbolts on the bedroom (just as a second layer of protection) before getting that thing.

u/TransNOC · 3 pointsr/sysadmin

Deploy a Citrix or RDP redirect to his corporate PC over VPN VM for him to use with 2 factor authentication and a US-based certificate authority. That way he can travel with no corporate data in tow, where he might be forced to decrypt the laptop for foreign border agencies which are known to work with intelligence services. Since he will want to travel light, perhaps buy him a Macbook and don't forget power converters for Africa. Don't forget to deploy antivirus (with an uninstall password set) and filevault, even on Mac and make sure he cannot save the password in the RDP software. If you do go the Mac route, don't forget to deploy a password on the firmware as well. Don't give him local admin on the laptop but insert a local admin account for a backup he doesn't know exists unless told about in a troubleshooting session.

I hate Surface Pro's but they are such a bitch to tamper with (don't forget to also setup secure boot microsoft only, no USB boot allowed in the uefi firmware and set a password on it) that most attempts would be physically visible. Remember, give him a REALLY GOOD remote experience (Citrix works good over high latency / low bandwidth links) and he will want to comply with all of this.

Do not allow him under any circumstances to take an Android phone overseas. I highly recommend a iPhone with a heavy duty "Unicorn Beetle" case (check Amazon) and a USB charge only cable:

For everything else:

and send him with at least two of these: these should be inside his laptop bag and with him at all times. I recommend a backpack: North Face Borealis.

If he's going out of cell range, I recommend purchasing a Garmin Inreach and activating it for $65 a month. It will allow him to cheaply send and receive SMS messages via Iridum and a smartphone. Let him know that any communications over this is not secure whatsoever.

Run firmware updates on everything right before he leaves.

u/Matthew37 · 3 pointsr/disney
u/SixSexySockPuppets · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

I have this for extra peace of mind. Addalock - (1 Piece)

u/squired · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Trying to keep your landlord out? Lol

Try this, if you just like to be secure you can also take it with you when you travel. It is cheap and you don't have to mount it.

u/boarlizard · 3 pointsr/preppers

It absolutely can. Its heavy, so you might opt out for a lighter version, but yeah that can be used anywhere.

check out the adalock btw if you are in and out of hotels alot :

u/Cato_Keto_Cigars · 3 pointsr/RBI

If you're worried about the door locks, but cant change it due to the lease - one option is to lock it at night when you're home (sleep soundly) using a portable door jam.

Wyze Cameras are cheap and good if you dont care about hiding it.

u/ohmyword · 3 pointsr/Advice

Get Addalock - (1 Piece) for doors that don't have a dead bolt.

u/moocow232 · 3 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Get an Addalock

They don't alter the door frame or anything, you just put it when you are in the room and remove it when you want to leave. They are a life saver for privacy.

u/SpookyBDSM · 3 pointsr/raisedbynarcissists

I saw someone mention a door jam bar, but those are large, these are travel size door jammer and locks, you can hide it in your purse when you leave for school so that he can't take it while you are out.

u/bluedog00 · 3 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

If it hasn't been suggested already, this doorstop is what I and my apartment mates use. It's renter friendly and you can use it on any door with a lock. It actually works really well. Best of luck!

u/TheReal-Chris · 3 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

Sure? Or one that has a strong magnet so you don't have to drill into your chassis. $4
Edit: oh I just now see you are referencing that other thread. Weird. Carry on.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/trees

I've traveled from AZ -> NY twice, smoking the whole way.

In terms of where to carry it, if you're keeping enough for a couple of weeks, it'll help to store some of the long-term herb in magnetic key boxes attached under your car / in your wheel well / inside your dashboard. ( ) They don't hold too much, though.

I don't know if you smoke cigarettes, but they really help I think. Whenever I travel I don't even bring a bowl or any sort of piece, I smoke spliffs. I also roll my own cigarettes, and a "what's that smoky smell?" can easily be answered. Also, if you ever get pulled over, or you're rolling through stops, DON'T THROW YOUR ROACH OUT THE WINDOW. Cops hate this, it's disrespectful. Light another cigarette and keep it in your hand or your ashtray. I had a friend who got pulled over because he flicked a cigarette out the window while the cop was following him.

These are things I'm sure you could figure out, but when you're lighting up on the highway, you wanna be not surrounded by other cars. If you have to go a little bit slower than the rest of the traffic, so be it. Don't worry about truck drivers, they're pretty much cool.

As good an idea as it seems, smoking while stopped at a rest stop is a bad idea. In fact, smoking while stopped anywhere that you don't know very well is a bad idea.

Best of luck on your trip. I dunno what route you're going, but I suggest going to Zion National Park and Black Hills South Dakota. Don't go to any Subways (the sandwich shop) on your trip as tempting as it may be. They're everywhere but it's a waste of food. Go to some local little shop where all the locals hang out. They might give you weird looks but if you're high enough it won't be so bad.

u/ShadowInTheStorm · 3 pointsr/Artifact

5 keys for 5 dollars - doesn't get cheaper


u/n1cotine · 3 pointsr/homeowners

Depending on the model of lock you have, you can also rekey them yourself. I've got this sitting in a drawer right now, waiting for all the contractors to finish work on our new place:

u/winkers · 3 pointsr/homedefense

I had to make this exact choice when moving into my home recently. I ended up using door armor for the side garage door but haven’t yet installed the kit on the front door which will require some serious planing of the surfaces. I regret not installing it yet because my front door is literally the weakest point of our house.

We currently use this at when we are home but it’s a hassle.

u/hkr · 3 pointsr/homedefense

Yeah, but you could get two of these for less than half the price of the Mech version, and it would do just as good a job.

I think the Mech version is too expensive for what it's worth. The Connect version might be more usable.

u/YankeeTxn · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

> Get a metal or solid-wood (not hollow core normal) door, preferably metal.

Those are both good choices. However, fiberglass doors will absorb some of the energy, and bounce it back at the offender if kicked, are more resistant to dings (in my experience), and can be easily patched. Down side is that they don't work with the magnetic trim seals.

Renforce both sides:

Edit: I did my first door in less than 4 hours with a friend helping. Re-trimming/painting took another couple hours. We were both handy, but not experienced at the time. Just make sure you buy the whole door/frame combo, and the right depth (for 2x4 or 2x6 framing). And don't try to be too gentle removing the trim. Just count on replacing it too.

u/Naturist02 · 3 pointsr/CCW

Glad she kept her wits and is ok. She might think about installing this product on her doors. It’s for outside doors. I installed this on my house. NOBODY is getting inside my house. It comes in different colors to match any door. They are a bit pricey but work awesome.
Door Armor MAX – Complete Door Reinforcement Set in Satin Nickel — Door Security by Armor Concepts

u/Yahu54 · 3 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

Bring one of these, just for fun.

(I know it won't solve the *real* problem though)


u/pfs3w · 3 pointsr/homeautomation

> My husband and I are closing on our first home next month (yay!) and we know one of the first things to do is change the locks. A smartlock is very appealing but I'm having trouble deciding which one is best for us, because it seems the more I research the less certain I am. I also have a couple questions.

Ah, the perks of home ownership: feeling optimistic and creative, with a blank canvas in front of you. I envy you both!
Let me tell you why you should be considering the August Smart Lock brand of locks. I will post a small blurb on my contextual background and specific situation (which I posted elsewhere), then briefly mention the possible choices you have, and then respond to your list of requirements and setup,




I am a renter; so obviously a lot of what I have to say may seem irrelevant. Seeing as I do not have a lot of creative control over the property, this would make smart locks tricky business. However, my landlord gave me permissions to replace the entire deadbolt, if I wanted. So, the first set of requirements were drafted as:


  • We have a dog that requires a dog walker to enter our house multiple times a week. The lock must allow this situation in as safe a manner as possible.

  • We do not want to have to make copies of keys

  • We do not want the dog walker (or any visitor) to HAVE TO download an app to get into the property


  • Smart home integrate-able

  • Reliable and well rated

  • Cheap

  • Connect to it remotely to lock/unlock and monitor

  • Z-Wave compatible (came later, when I realized I wanted to have a smart home integration environment)

    So, my research began, in earnest. It consumed me. Off the bat, the first names to pop up were August, Kwikset, Schlage and Yale.
    Of those, three had keypad options, which became a requirement soon after. Despite the perks of the Kwikset Kevo (the touch to open), I removed it from the list.
    Also, despite the fiance having an iPhone, I had an Android, so the lock had to have equal footing mobile phone ecosystem-independent. That removed things like Schlage Sense and other Homekit-only options.

    The final list:

  • August

  • Yale YRD226 (A really good Yale lock choosing guide here)

  • Schlage Connect

    I did a ton of cross referencing, reviews websites, pros and cons, etc etc. And CONSISTENTLY, the August locks were ranked #1/#2/#3. I won't go into too much more detail on what those websites and reviews indicated, I trust you guys can do that research.

    But, in the end, the August locks were exactly what we needed, AND more. They were going to be the easiest to set up, and the best out of the gate. So we went with them, and haven't looked back since. My fiance, a "smart-home-always-listening" skeptic, casually told me yesterday how awesome she finds the smart lock.




    So, what options to choose from?

  • The August Smart Lock Pro (August | Amazon)

    Pros: Most up to date, improved tech under the hood, Z-Wave Plus compatible, Door Sense, most smart home integrations available, Auto lock/unlock

    Cons: Most expensive

  • The August Smart Lock 3rd Generation (August | Amazon)

    Pros: Improved tech under the hood from the previous generation, Door Sense, Auto lock/unlock, traditional form factor, Cheaper

    Cons: No useful smart home integrations (missing homekit, alexa/echo, google home, z wave)

    To compare the above two, go here:

  • The August Smart Lock 2nd Generation (Amazon)

    Pros: Most cost effective ($125, but last week it was $109!) but still ranked #1 on MANY reputable websites (CNET | PCMag | etc), has built-in HomeKit capability, can be enhanced with additional devices

    Cons: Least impressive underlying tech, no Door Sense capability, no effective smart home integrations


    "Door Sense": The ability to detect "Door open" / "Door Closed" situation.


    An Aside : Enhancement Products

  • The August Smart Keypad (August|Amazon)

    This keypad adds in the functionality that you'd expect:

    -- keyless code entry for guests (unlimited codes, managed via the app)

    -- Lock it with a button press

    -- Attachable for preferred outside entry


  • The August Connect Wifi Bridge (August|Amazon)

    This device enables you to link your otherwise-bluetooth-range-only smart lock to your wifi, effectively allowing you to connect and manage the smart lock from ANYWHERE that you have network connectivity. With it, you can:

    -- Remotely lock/unlock your door

    -- Receive alerts on any actions taken on your door remotely

    -- have faster access to your lock as your app selects the best connection to use



    Consider price-watching for sales; I saw the 2nd gen for, like $109...
    Personally, I jumped when the Smart Lock Pro + Wifi bridge bundle went on sale for $229 (same price as the lock itself), and the keypad was $55, on Amazon.

  • August Smart Lock Pro + Connect Wifi: AMAZON $249 | AUGUST $249

  • Sale price - August Smart lock 2nd Gen HomeKit: AMAZON $125 !!

  • August Smart Lock 3rd Generation + Connect Wifi: AUGUST $199



    PART III : Why the August Locks work for your situation (below)
u/fuzzyaces · 3 pointsr/homeowners

I have the august smart lock and have been very happy with it. I chose that over the others for a few reasons


  • You can't see it from the outside. So someone who doesn't know the house, would not necessarily know there is a smart lock there. There was a big flurry of articles a few months back that many are hackable. I'm not sure of august vs. the others, but at least its not obvious.
  • I can send a key to the nanny, dog walker, cleaner, repairman, (insert service here) via the phone and limit when they can be in the house. This was helpful when watching our pets while we were on vacation, since I could enable the lock daily from noon - 1pm just for the sitter.
  • I get alerts anytime the door is opened. So I know when people are going in/out of the house.


  • The alignment on the lock is finicky. Often some family members don't put the door in the right position so the lock can spin endlessly.
  • Which leads to the batteries have to be replaced. Its bluetooth LE, so it doesn't use a lot for connectivity, but a motor is still a motor.
  • Lastly (and specific to august), not a lot of people know the service. I've sent keys to family members who never activate because they don't want another app on their phone just for my house (versus its easy just to add another key on a keychain). If you have a keypad, this might not be relevant.
u/masterhec0 · 3 pointsr/Calgary

> can be defeated with a screwdriver? jfc. I'd best be doing some research on worthwhile upgrades.

yup. but the weak link is the door jamb something like this will delay a break in but nothing stops a determined thief.

u/improbablydrunknlw · 3 pointsr/canadaguns

>There is no legal precedent on how the room must be constructed that I'm aware of, but common sense dictates that you go to reasonable lengths to make it difficult to break into. That would include an exterior door (solid core and steel doors would suffice) and a dead bolt at minimum. I would also recommend reinforcing the door frame.

Thank you, this is exactly what I'm looking for, I'm going with a steel door, with a proper deadbolt with something like with the plaster reinforced with plywood.

>If the room is a safe, it could be argued that you could store loose ammo in the same room as the firearms but IANAL. To answer your question, though, yes the ammo can be put into a locked safe, cabinet, or ammo can inside the room.

I kind of figured, but since I'll have an empty safe, better safe than sorry.

u/xamindar · 3 pointsr/homeautomation

I have both a yale (keyless) and a schlage connect. I like them both. Here are a few notes about them both.

-The yale feels more solid (heavier vs schlage) schlage case is plastic, not sure about yale.

-yale appears to be more element resistant with a gasket, schlage does not have one.

-yale you have to press an unlock key after entering code so codes can be different lengths, schlage unlocks as soon as correct code is entered and all codes have to be same length.

-yale is quieter, schlage is loud.

-yale has a nice little jingle that plays when lock is successful, schlage makes no sound or it can just beep.

-yale you lock by putting Palm on the touchpad, schlage you touch the "schlage" button to lock.

-the yale can store something like 250 codes, the schlage only 30.

I love them both. Yale seems to function more solidly but the schlage is a little simpler to lock and unlock, which the wife prefers. So I moved yale to the back door and schlage is on the front.

Oh and I use them with smartthings. More of the schlage advanced functions are available to smartthings, but both locks can be code managed and lock/unlocked using built-in smartthings tools (yale with z-wave module installed).

I have this yale:

u/setsunakutemo · 3 pointsr/childfree

Those rubber door stops are okay but really are for holding doors open. An actual door-jammer though...that'll stop the door from being opened and it won't cause any damage on your part. They'd literally have to kick the door in or take it off the hinges.

u/MeatRack · 2 pointsr/houston

Get a front door that doesnt have a window, or has a very small window. You can also get a door with a steel core and no windows for added security.


If you have any first floor windows, plant thorny bushes in front of them and keep them at window height to discourage entry through a window. Yes someone can still get over a thorny bush, but its going to create an additional time and inconvenience for them when breaking in, as compared to a non-thorny bush, or a window with no bush at all. The point of all of this and the following is just to increase the time it will take for a successful entry, burglars arent (too) stupid, and will pick softer targets than you that they think they can get in, and get out of quickly. Their ideal home is one where no one is home, the entry is easy, and they can grab items of value and get out in under 4 minutes. If the door takes 6 minutes to kick down, its not going to work. If they can't bump the lock, or cut through glass on the door to unlock from the inside, its not going to work. If they can't quite reach the window with their cutting tool because of the thorny bush, and they have to cover it with a jacket and awkwardly climb over, its not going to work. You want them to be forced to make noise to enter, while slowing their time to enter. Noise can alert neighbors if you're not home, and if you are home it can give you time to chamber a round in your rifle, turn the optic on, put on your electronic ear protection etc. That way you can have fun instead of quickly grabbing your pistol off the nightstand because its the only gun you keep in condition 1/0. You want time to prepare, and you want to know they're coming. Everything below is centered around slowing down thieves and home invaders and making their entry louder.


Consider the following products.

Installed around the door frame this steel lining makes it EXTREMELY difficult to kick down or batter down a locked door, and also isn't visible.


If you don't have a very secure door lock, you may consider one of these two products as they prevent burglars from "lock bumping," which is a common lock-picking technique for people who have the typical door locks that you can buy at home depot etc. and aren't very secure.


Another way to combat lock-bumping is to buy a very secure door lock like a medeco, the keys required to lock bump a medeco are far rarer than those to bump a home depot lock, and most burglars simply don't have them.


Last but not least a metal door re-enforcer can stop a door from being kicked in if the steel frame and lock are defeated, but I think this product is overkill if you already have a steel frame and high quality lock.


Also consider a gun in case some does manage to get past all of this. However, despite being a gun owner, I don't really think owning one is necessary, as it is a last resort. Most forced entry is done through the door or windows, once you secure those, you simply need to be vigilant when entering and exiting your house. Have a camera or peep-hole to see who's there before you open the door, if you can't see them or they don't answer, don't open the door. Most home invasions depend on the home owner opening the door and allowing entry or upon someone kicking the door lock in. While most burglars are dependent on lock-picking, broken windows, or entry through windows. A burglar will run if they think someone is home or that someone might spot/hear them. A home invader is hoping someone is home


When coming home, don't unlock your car doors until the garage is closed and be vigilant for someone on foot following you in as you park. When departing the home do the opposite. Keep the door to your house from your garage locked as well.


Don't display wealth or possessions outside of the home. Some people think those signs that say Secured by .45 or whatever with a gun depicted on them scare burglars. But really all it says is that "when I'm not home there are probably guns here for you to steal." Guns, Jewelry, Cash, and to a lesser extent electronics are going to be targets for burglars, and signs like that advertise that at least one of those things will be inside to be worth stealing.

u/often_wr0ng · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

If you’re interested in a smart lock, you could consider an August lock. You would install it over your existing deadbolt mechanism on the inside of the door. You can then lock/unlock using the August app, Siri, Alexa, and more. You can set it to auto-lock when you close the door.

u/01208500 · 2 pointsr/wyzecam

I just bought the August smart lock+connect on Amazon. It was on sale then got a 20% off coupon. Made it $170 before tax. It's great, no subscription. Uses existing lock and can still use key if you want. I'd highly recommend it. August Smart Lock Pro + Connect,...

Edit: looks like the price went up.

u/nikongmer · 2 pointsr/smarthome

I have the August Smart Lock Pro with Connect and it's been pretty handy. I have it unlocking my door as I pull up to my house and since I have it connected to my smart lights via IFTTT, the patio and indoor lights will turn on when it's dark.

u/briellebabylol · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

I live alone in Chicago, in a two-flat with one neighbor above me. I live on the north side but I'm right by Humboldt Park, it can seem less safe than some of the other neighborhoods. We have a security door before getting to my door, but it could be easily kicked in. Literally, sometimes my front door just opens up..if I don't lock my top lock, multiple times my neighbor has called my name like "your front door is open." Nevertheless, I'm not too scared of living alone, mostly because I thrive so much as a person who lives by myself.

For some of the ladies who may not be able to afford just living in a nicer (read: gentrified) neighborhood & isn't a dog's what I do.


I take some extra measures to ensure I keep myself safe...piece of mind, ya know:

-My doors are locked at all times, even when I'm in the house.

-I made friends with all of my neighbors, especially the guy who lives upstairs...he checks on me from time to time, has heard me scream out of something very non-threatening and came down to check.

-I have a metal baseball bat right by my bed (like $18)

-I just got a doorknob jammer that's supposed to not be able to be kicked in, haven't installed yet but $19 -

-I've met a majority of the cops within my area. I'll bake them cakes from time to time, the closest station is less than a mile away...this is so unnecessary but I love to bake and it gives me peace...can't confirm they would get to my place any faster if anything happens.



u/MyPonyMeeko · 2 pointsr/homeautomation

This is the one that I have, I love it. I've had the lock for several years now and I think I've only changed the batteries once.

u/blindxx · 2 pointsr/homeautomation

Don't have the schlage connect but I have Yale Z-Wave Real Living Key Free Touchscreen Deadbolt
with Smartthings and have been noticing since the last few days randomly smartthings has been showing it unavailable. If I lock and unlock the door manually sometimes that forces it to reconnect or if I hit the refresh or reconnect button in the smartthings app.
I have only had the both devices since about 3 weeks ago but issue only started this week.

u/link97381 · 2 pointsr/legaladvice

If your lease doesn't allow you to make the change to the locks yourself, consider adding a secondary means to secure your door such as one of these

u/ziburinis · 2 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

There is a different kind of safety lock that takes up absolutely no room. Both chain locks and door latch type of lock (that are in hotels nowadays) can easily be thwarted. They are essentially privacy locks. I haven't seen this kind be opened yet (though I'm sure there is some way). You should be able to find it on your amazon. There's even a little video showing how it opens and closes.

And yeah, locks are ridiculously pricey. They do sell non-smart locks with a keypad that allows you to change the code. Again, this is not a smart lock, it can't do anything wirelessly, you can't unlock it from your phone, etc. It has "auto lock"and "flex lock" you can choose. Buy an auto lock and the door is always locked so you leave the house and the door locks. Buy a flex lock and you can turn it so that it's a regular door knob, when you leave the house it's not locked (great for when you have visitors over or if the person buying has kids going in and out of the house). But this might be a good option for you, the keypad that can change at your whim without the price of a smart lock.

u/lonelyboats · 2 pointsr/teslamotors

I was looking at some that keep your existing dead bolt in place, but replaces the interior pad. That way you can use your key, but can also unlock it from your phone/ auto unlocks when you get close.

But it's battery powered and I'd imagine moving a dead bolt that often uses them up pretty quickly.

u/phblue · 2 pointsr/raspberry_pi

I bought a couple of kits online and have been learning how everything works and going from there. Are you interested in learning from the ground up? Or are you more specifically trying to complete 1 or 2 projects and be done?


This page talks about making a low cost security camera using the Raspberry Pi and camera module, which is motion activated using the camera. Here is the link to the actual project.

Unlocking a door would probably be a little complicated. You'd need a physical device that can move the lock, so servos and whatever else, which I don't know much of anything about. Something would have to move, though. You'd also have to trust the security of that door. I had considered buying one of these , but I read that they sometimes unlock themselves randomly. I imagine the Raspberry Pi would have it's own security vulnerabilities for something as important as a lock.

However, if you weren't worried about being absolutely secure. You could most likely purchase something along these lines that you would activate with some code.,searchweb201602_2_10065_10068_10084_10083_10080_10082_10081_10060_10061_10062_10056_10055_10054_10059_10099_10078_10079_427_10073_10103_10102_10096_10052_10050_10051,searchweb201603_2&btsid=6a3e15ec-5155-4fa9-a461-4103a4d08e4d

Editedit: That last link says it's 12V, you'd probably need some sort of power converter for it as I don't think the Raspberry Pi can do that.

u/infinitum3d · 2 pointsr/legaladvice

Does your apparent door open to an inside common area like a lobby or hallway?

3781.103 Deadbolt locks or equivalent security locking device for swinging exit doors.
The Ohio board of building standards shall adopt, pursuant to division (A) of section 3781.10 of the Revised Code, a rule requiring that the swinging exit door for each unit in an apartment building or other multi-unit dwelling that is subject to the rules authorized by division (A) of such section be equipped with a deadbolt or equivalent security locking device complying with standards prescribed by the board. The rule shall be applied to all such apartment buildings and other multi-unit dwellings for which plans are approved pursuant to section 3791.04 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 09-05-1975.

This only applies to the swinging exit door from the lobby to the outside world.

There is nothing that pertains to individual apartment doors.

Personally, we use these even though we have deadbolts.

Good luck!

u/masked · 2 pointsr/autism

I too had this issue. My son is now 12, and his bolting has stopped. Hope your daughter's does too. The cheapest and easiest is a keyed chain

Place them high. The advantage is with the key someone who is outside can open the door if they have the key.

u/electricburrito_ · 2 pointsr/LetsNotMeet

Wow! This is infuriating. I am already paranoid and I haven't even had a bad apartment experience yet (fingers crossed!).

There are these locks on Amazon that are an addition to the regular locks, something like this:

My landlords also use something like this on the backdoor:

Stay safe everyone!

u/iwanttheblanketback · 2 pointsr/Glitch_in_the_Matrix

If you need a way to secure your doors.

u/Captain_Shoe · 2 pointsr/AmItheAsshole

NTA. Also, get a portable travel door lock. No swapping door handles required, and not too pricey.

u/SinfulPanda · 2 pointsr/legaladvice

I haven't purchased one yet as I have something else, but I learned about this in this sub and plan to purchase one.

u/CapitalGGeek · 2 pointsr/DIY

Nevermind, you can get locks that work for both swing directions.

Swinging in is easy and can be done with a broken fork -

Or you can purchase a similar device -

If the door swings away, then you need something like this -

You can search 'temporary door locks' for options

u/Nicolettecapp · 2 pointsr/Advice

Here is the one I bought. It had a travel case so you can bring it with you when you stay at an airbnb or something like that . It works so good.

u/isthisallforme · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

You could get an add a lock. It may work on both sides of the door and doesn't require installation. Http://

u/Sme11y1 · 2 pointsr/legaladviceofftopic

Get a privacy latch that can only be locked / unlocked from the inside.

These attach to the inside edge of the frame. If the apartment management complains tell them their people need to knock and ask permission to enter.

u/thaiangel9008 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I need to [TREAT MY-SELF] ( to this. It's a magnetic key holder that I can place under my car. Not a true necessity but just in case clumsy me loses my keys, I always know where the other pair is.

dat dewy duchovny

Thanks for the contest!

u/CunderscoreF · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

Grab yourself one of these They work great. You can hide them in your bumper or under your car. I've always had them and ive never had a problem with them.

u/vord · 2 pointsr/homeautomation
u/JrClocker · 2 pointsr/SmartThings

SmartThings Version 3 Hub (I have the Version 2 will have to look around for this one):

GE Z-Wave Plus On/Off Light Switch:

GE Z-Wave Plus Dimmer Switch:

GE Add On Switch (if you have a 3-way or 4-way switch):

ZigBee Motion Sensors:

ZigBee Door Sensors:

ZigBee Leak Sensors:

ZigBee Outlet Plug (you will need to replicate your ZigBee mesh, I use to motion activate lamps, turn lamps on/off at sunset/sunrise, etc.):

Z-Wave Thermostat:

ZigBee RGB Landscape RGB LED Strips:

ZigBee RGB Lightbulbs:

Z-Wave Deadbolt:

Z-Wave Garage Door Opener:

Sonos One Speakers (Great music, and talking through SmartThings):

Amazon Echo Show (for Voice Echo Dot will work just fine too):

That's about all I can think of at the moment.

If you are going to do this, do it in stages. Z-Wave and ZigBee are mesh networks...meaning that the reliability of the network gets much better the more devices you have. Also, with these mesh networks:

  • Battery operated devices DO NOT reinforce the mesh
  • The only devices that reinforce the mesh are devices that are always powered from the mains

    I see so many people complaining about how the Z-Wave or ZigBee devices don't work, when they are relying on too many battery operated devices.

    For Z-Wave devices, choose Z-Wave Plus over's the newest standard, and has much better range.

    In the US, Z-Wave operates in the 900 MHz spectrum and ZigBee in the 2.4 GHz spectrum. Personally, I "prefer" Z-Wave devices as there is a lot of "junk" in the 2.4 GHz spectrum right now. However, the ZigBee devices are operating reliably as I have a strong mesh setup (with non-battery operated devices).

    Two great application for the Leak Sensors:

  • Near your hot water heater (when they go, they always leak)
  • Under your A/C drip pan (if you have central air)

    Great applications for door open/close sensors:

  • Turn closet lights on/off when the door opens or closes
  • Turn on entry and hallway lights when an entry door opens, but only when it's dark (30 minutes before sunset or after sunrise)...turn off 1 minute later
  • Notify me when my gun safe is opened

    Great Application for Motion Sensors

  • Turn on outside ceiling fans (but only if the temp is above 72 degrees)
  • Turn on lamps while motion is active when it's dark

    The motion sensors I linked above are the new ones...the magnetically mount. What's cool is that the magnet is in the sensor, and it's strong enough to attach the sensor to a dry wall screw (no need to mount the adapter bracket).
u/mahkra26 · 2 pointsr/homelab

I just use Zwave keypad locks. Walk up, punch in a code.


u/hkibad · 2 pointsr/teslamotors

All of the doors I use on a daily basis are keyless. The rest I keep in a lockbox.

u/MotivatedByPkmn · 2 pointsr/homeautomation

I have the Kwikset Z-Wave door lock.

And I use the Samsung SmartThings hub to control it. Set up a custom door lock manager provided by the community and I am able to set up to 30 codes. Have codes only valid on certain days, etc.

It's pretty easy to set up.

u/Mczwiz · 2 pointsr/whatisthisthing

I would say a bed/bath door knob key for the door knobs with the simple turn lock on them with a hole on the opposite side, like these

Can't find one that looks like that one but it seems like it may work the same.

u/TheGlennDavid · 2 pointsr/CrappyDesign

My last condo had the stupidest privacy handles. The sensible kinds are

  • The coin/fingernail twist
  • The paperclip push

    But there is a third kind -- one that relies on either having a very tiny and specifically sized screwdriver or the Proprietary key. For when you want your hollow interior door to be "locked" by a key that you don't carry on you but anyone could order online.
u/avoiddddd · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

What I called a church key was this:

"Church Key" is something else that would also be essential:

u/Dried_Apple · 2 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

There's also a Schlage one. I know people who use the August one.

Edit: Apparently Kwik makes some too.

u/jam905 · 2 pointsr/homeautomation

That would work. These are the combinations that I have used:

Hub: Vera Edge Hub or Wink Hub or Wink Hub 2

Lock: Schlage Connect Deadbolt and Schlage Connect Leverlock

Batteries last about 6-8 months in the deadbolt and >1 year in the leverlock.

u/ultralame · 2 pointsr/SmartThings

Get a re-key kit... $10. Home Depot has them too.

u/kermit_xc · 2 pointsr/RealEstate

No locksmith needed, i use this:

Prime-Line E 2402 Re-Key A Lock Kit, Type "C", 5-Pin Tumbler Sets w/Pre-cut Keys

I own several rental properties and that's what I do every time new lease starts

u/veelox_incident · 2 pointsr/homeowners

I actually just did this at my house we bought last week! I bought schlage rekey set and even got the override on a smart key.

Hope this helps. Took me a few hours to do 5 locks and the smart lock but I also didn't know what I was doing. Really worth it.

u/Nemo_Griff · 2 pointsr/lockpicking

Option #1:

That is good for 1 or two locks.

Option #2:

This is good for a fair number of locks but they don't have any springs.

Option #3:

Build your own kit.

Just to give you some info: the .003" and .005" on the LAB kits are the measurement of the difference in the increments between the heights of the pins. As you can imagine, the .003" kit can cover a wider variation of locks than the .005" kit can because the increments are lesser.

u/MoreHybridMoments · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I have no idea what is included in the expensive re-key kits, but I bought this kit for $10 and rekeyed all the locks on my house.

Definitely cheaper than a locksmith.

u/Swedishpunsch · 2 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

Here is something to help - not sure of the legality. You might still need a wedge when you are home, though.

Actually, I read what you posted in r/legal advice. You got a lot of good advice there. Don't play games with this disturbed person. Get yourselves out of the condo and go NC.

MIL is irrational, and won't react like a normal person. Keep a log of all of her bizarre behavior - you may need it someday for a restraining order.

u/TheYogi · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

This is incorrect. Most deadbolts in homes go into trim and little else and burglars are well aware of this (and kick them in with ease). Front doors are the most common entry point for burglaries. It's also why installing one of these: with LONG screws that go into the 2x4's is one of the best security investments any homeowner can make.

u/ribbongibbon · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

That's really scary. I'm glad your dog alerted you! I'd follow up with a call to the police department. Others have great suggestions - I'd also recommend these door locks that we have: Defender Security U 10827 Door Reinforcement Lock - Add Extra, High Security to Your Home and Prevent Unauthorized Entry - 3" Stop, Aluminum Construction (Satin Nickel Finish)

u/Jackerwocky · 2 pointsr/JUSTNOFAMILY

They are the worst, these people!

Perhaps replacing the lock right now but keeping the current lock to reinstall once you move would help? That way you have a locked door between you but she can't whine about her key not working because the lock still exists and will be put back in place once the space is hers to do with as she likes.

You need a safe space where these people can't reach you. In addition to chains, maybe one of these? I had a hotel room with something like this once and even though I was staying alone, I felt really secure.

Honestly I would probably add this type of product to all of my doors and windows and install Nest or Ring cameras at each entrance, if that's affordable. Maybe even one pointing at her workshop so you can see whether she's hanging around trying to peek at you, Spy vs Spy-style. 🙂

u/shazneg · 2 pointsr/homesecurity

I got one of these for a door that is very similar to what you describe. it is way below the glass so it would be impossible to reach and unhinge from the outside. We only use it when we are on the inside, otherwise you cant get in.

u/probirag · 2 pointsr/Locksmith

Yes I know. There are a number of other factors involved here many of whom are out of my control as well. Anyway, I think I'll just install one of these. That was my initial idea but gf didn't like the look but she'll have to live with it. Thanks.


u/mrfrogac · 2 pointsr/guns

I use one of these for doors

It's just a 1/8th drill bit to prep the frame, then impact drive the 3" suckers in.

You could also spring for door armor which is a metal plate that sits between the door and frame that stops the frame from breaking if someone's kicking the door.

u/fattsmann · 2 pointsr/CCW

A lot of the folks here have given some great advice. I wanted to add my perspective:

Barricading yourself and calling the cops was the right thing to do. If anything, I would make sure my bedroom door has good locks, either a deadbolt or door reinforcement lock of some kind (


I have a gun in a quick-access safe in my master bedroom, but if the alarm ever goes off, my wife and I know that the first step is to lock/barricade the master bed room (I have deadbolts installed on the door), hit the panic button/call the cops, and then get the firearm ready as last resort.


u/theyre_whores_im_in · 2 pointsr/deals

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u/seabass221982 · 2 pointsr/CCW

If moving is not an option, work on hardening your home. There are simple fixes you can do in a weekend, like installing this door stopper

3M makes a nice shatter proof glass film to install on your windows. Get a big dog. Install motion lights and cameras. Cameras are cheap these days. Alarms and security systems are useful. There are tons of little things to harden your home to deter criminals. If that doesn't work, your second layer of defense is advanced notice (dogs, lights, cameras) to give you time to get to your weapon.

These are all easy and minor fixes. It's a mindset...always work to improve your position and refuse to be a victim.

u/PartyBandos · 2 pointsr/smarthome

This may be a bit overkill, and you could find door reinforcements on a smaller scale, but after reading that most home invaders kick in your door to get in I figured why not.

u/Market0 · 2 pointsr/Atlanta

Also, get a door reinforcement kit and install it. It may not of worked in this situation because of the door being glass and being able to break through and unlock it. For solid doors though, it's a must.

u/GogglesPisano · 2 pointsr/Whatcouldgowrong

And reinforce the frame with something like this.

u/Drathus · 2 pointsr/homeautomation

Definitely. These are the ones I put in.

And for my front door, which is 3/4 window, I put in a high security dead-bolt (AssaAbloy Protec2) with a locking thumb-turn. So even if someone smashes through the glass they can't unlock the deadbolt. The key is out of reach. They'd have to climb through.

The camera above the front door would likely discourage anyone from wanting to even try that. Or at least that's my hope. =P

u/tatiwtr · 2 pointsr/homesecurity

What is weak about your door?

Think about getting something like this:

u/imanimalent · 1 pointr/houston

A chair proped up against the entry door, the back wedged up, under the door handle will prevent anyone from entering the apartment. If the legs on the chair slide, put a rubber-backed bathroom rug under the chair. And it is not altering anything in the apartment (ie replacing or adding locks, installing alarms) that would possibly threaten the lease restrictions.

Or you can spend $13-$22 to buy a specific Door Jam that can be used on any door, anywhere you happen to be, as long as there's a door handle of some sort.

u/saurellia · 1 pointr/AskReddit

just buy one of these. not sure where you live but it's the kind of thing they carry at walmart, hopefully open 24 hrs near you.

u/wdjm · 1 pointr/raisedbynarcissists

Get something like this - and hide it when you're not there.

u/sighsorry · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I've come into this late and don't know if anyone's suggested these things yet, but just in case they haven't been I'll go ahead.

I'm glad to hear you've called the police and that they'll be patrolling your area more. In the meantime, you can buy a door brace to ensure your door stays shut while you're home, and pepper spray to keep by your bed. I would also recommend purchasing a pepper spray to keep on your key ring so that you have something on your when you are walking to and from your car.

You could also buy a taser gun, but I have no personal experience with them and could not vouch for them personally like I can for a door jam and pepper spray.

I'm sorry you're going through this. It's really scary to not feel safe, especially in your home, which should be a source of comfort for you. Take steps to make yourself feel better protected, and continue to call the police if anything else occurs. Do NOT hesitate to call them. I hope this situation gets taken care of quickly for you.

u/usernamenotknown · 1 pointr/CCW

Lime this?

What if additional locks are not allowed?

u/moosemama2017 · 1 pointr/Advice

Addalock - (1 Piece ) Portable Door Lock, Travel Lock, AirBNB Lock, School Lockdown Lock
Buy this. It makes any door lock, it will keep him out.

u/leftyrightalayo · 1 pointr/lifehacks

Try a portable deadbolt, found here or here or here

3rd one is probably what you're looking for

Alternatively, you could get a wireless door alarm that has a keypad. Found here or here

The best part about getting a cheap alarm system is that if he opens the door it will fill the house with a deafening screeching noise. And when you get home, the topic will likely come up "oh we needed to get into your room for [insert innocent excuse here]" So if you choose this option you need to have a conversation beforehand establishing firm boundaries that under no circumstances can anyone go into your room

u/SecretCondition · 1 pointr/raisedbynarcissists

Addalock might work for you. Has decent reviews, although the common caveat seems to be "it only fits traditional doors, and only when the door and lock fit the frame perfectly" or similar.

u/GhostOfTheNet · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I haven't really gifted anyone with security related items, but I did work with security for a while. This for door locks, and this for main windows. Bring a few wooden sticks for sliding windows. Make sure they are a bit thick and won't break/crack easily. I also recommend some legal self-defense items - check local laws.

u/Muttly2001 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Redditing at work is AWESOME

I think you are a unique snowflake in the blizzard of life. That is how awesome you are. I really think you need this because safety is important for everyone when traveling!

u/TwistedCaltrop · 1 pointr/lockpicking

Try one of these. Addalock

Part of the emergency action plan at the office.

The other part involves spraying (and beating them into submission, or a pulp-whichever comes first) any attackers with a fire extinguisher.

u/Dramatic_Explosion · 1 pointr/legaladvice

For anyone who feels unsafe in a place where someone else has a key, get one of these 1, 2, 3. They only work while you're already inside your room/home/apartment, but make it so no key or lockpick will let someone in. Peace of mind when you sleep.

Practice using it if you get one in case of a fire or other quick-exit need.

u/Penguinopolis · 1 pointr/dogs

How about something thats designed to keep a door shut regardless of the type of door knob? Maybe something like this?

u/GameRZ55 · 1 pointr/insaneparents

Just get one of these

u/Fool-me-thrice · 1 pointr/legaladvice

Yes, common law does have a standard of "normal wear and tear". She can install a lock with permission, or if she is prepared to fix any holes and repaint. There are also options that are meant to be minimal/no damage, and intended for renters, like this:

u/indianblanket · 1 pointr/JUSTNOFAMILY
  1. Order or purchase one of these, immediately. Doubly so since your landlord refuses to change the locks.

  2. Go to the apartment appointment. Lock your pets in an area of your current place that doesn't contain his laptop/necessities. They will be fine not having the run of the place for a few hours. If you don't like this plan, take them, and all up to date vaccination records (esp rabies) to a pet day care location. Explain your situation. Tell them you only need a few hours, and that you'll pay whatever they charge you.

  3. Sue him for the damages to your car in small claims. Even if you don't have a written document, him telling you he would pay for the repairs at the end is still a verbal contract. Talk to your lawyer (the same one for Ramon[a] situation) and get his input, but IMO this case should be worth the total value of the car, not just damages, because you asked him to maintain the vehicle, and running it into the ground is not "maintaining".

  4. PM me if you're in NC. We may be able to figure something out with your pets.

  5. Did they already do the repairs? I'm sorry, but I wouldn't have done them. If the car won't be worth $5k when you sell it, it's a lost cause already, and you might as well just buy another cheap car for that price, if you even need it. Since the repairs are done, they will need to be paid. If you don't have the money, can you ask for a moderate payment plan? They may be willing to accommodate.
u/Irrepressible_Monkey · 1 pointr/PS4

Even if a door doesn't have a fitted lock, you get extremely strong temporary locks like the Addalock that you can put on a door or remove in a few seconds.

u/ZivH08ioBbXQ2PGI · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

I saw this recently on reddit and it would apply here too. It's a lock you can only open from the inside and can easily move to any door.

u/penfencer · 1 pointr/childfree

Look on Amazon. There's a little do-hickey that you can stick the door jamb that works as a lock.

Addalock - (1 Piece) The Original Portable Door Lock, Travel Lock, AirBNB Lock, School Lockdown Lock. PLEASE NOTE: The Genuine Addalock is exclusively sold worldwide only by Rishon Enterprises Inc.

u/Morkcheese · 1 pointr/Advice

i'm assuming you can't ask your landlord to change the locks - say you lost a copy of your keys or something?

a quick google search turned up this -

not sure how well it works though

u/upOwlNight · 1 pointr/pics

They make different versions of these. I've always wanted to try one

u/jbeezy333 · 1 pointr/AirBnB

I have one of these. It works as advertised. I've taken it on flights in my carry-on luggage without issue.

u/chancrescolex · 1 pointr/tifu

Same concept as Add-A-Lock

u/Naay_ · 1 pointr/JUSTNOFAMILY

Could you get something like this so that you can be safe? Since you use it on the inside your parents don't have to know.


I hope you will be OK.

u/aleii1 · 1 pointr/Parenting

YES - my son is a climber, a runner, and loves to get into everything. Babyproofing made my life so much calmer. Here's some of my favorite finds.

Door Monkey - fits on standard (not beveled) door frames, installs in 1 second, and works fantastic as both a pinch guard and to prevent entry/exit. Its also nice on bedroom doors which have locks on them, as I'd get locked out of multiple rooms otherwise as my son knows how to activate those locks.

flip lock - for the front door, as my kid figured out how to move a chair to the front door and unlock it and get outside. Easy to install high up, looks nice, cheap, and is easy to work.

Baby fence - put this around the stuff you want to keep baby out of! Things such as entertainment centers and computer desks can be surrounded by this fence.

magnetic locks - for those drawers that you don't want any possible entry into, i.e. drawers with money. Very solid lock.

Latches - for things that can't be drilled into/that you don't want to drill into. You can lock the bottom drawer of the stove, the dishwasher, regular drawers, etc with this. Easy to install; I don't know how easy to remove.

u/Sk8rToon · 1 pointr/AskWomen
  • Lock the doors (such a basic thing but so many skip)
  • deadbolt on the doors
  • back door with a huge window where you could reach the door locks if you broke or removed the window (apartment so can’t change) also has a metal door “lock” flap that stops the door from opening (I’ve been locked out once thanks to this)
  • always look out the window &/or peephole before opening the door even if no one is there just so you know you’re not walking into something or so someone doesn’t see you leave everyday for work at the same time.
  • close & lock windows unless I’m in the room. Never an opening out of my sight.
  • windows also have metal dowels so they can’t be opened without breaking
  • metal bar & added window lock in the patio sliding door
  • LIGHTS like timed porch lights, timed indoor lights that go on & off at different times every day (in my living room, I’ll be sleeping in the bedroom so living room can turn on & off, who cares?). I also have a solar light in a planter pointed at my front door because the landlords are slow to replace the porch light
  • thick curtains on all windows & in the bathroom those window stickers that obscure so no one sees inside unless I want them to
  • phone charged &/or pre-charged charger & working cable at all times. Also my Apple Watch on me.
  • a baseball bat & super bright strobing flashlight next to my bed. Honestly the flashlight would do more damage & disorientation than the bat but the bat helped me sleep when I first lived alone 7 years ago
  • praying. Helps me 90% of the time.

    I also own one of those alarm door stops but haven’t used it yet.
u/PinkiePiesDelight · 1 pointr/breakingmom

Flip lock for top of the door:

Prime-Line Products U 9888 Flip Action Steel Door Lock, White Finish

Sticky lock thing:

Munchkin Xtraguard Dual Action Multi Use Latches, 2 Count

u/ShaneDAWS0N · 1 pointr/videos

TL;DR (at bottom)

Hide-A-Key (Amazon Link, basically the same thing as a Hide-A-Key, I'm just saying the name brand I think)

Costs under $5 and even if you NEVER lock yourself out they'll be the time where you're in a hurry and you hear that door shut and you'll be like "Fuck"' Then you'll spend 2 minutes top grabbing your Hide-A-Key and unlocking your car door.

Just be sure to check on your hide-a-key every now and then, pull it out and inspect it (preferably where people don't see you do this, I always kick my gym water bottle under my car and go to grab the bottle and secretly grab the hide-a-key, that way if someone sees me they aren't watching my slight of hand key snatch). You'll want to visibly inspect the key box as well as check for your keys (car key and house key is what I have) and make sure the keys still work. It's important to check because one time I checked the key box and the top had been busted and the keys had fallen out. So I was able to replace the box and the keys (still under $15).

Also make sure to put your keys inside a plastic bag if some sort the hide-a-key boxes are not completely water proof. I live where it gets pretty snowy on the roads and you don't want salt and sand getting all over your keys.


Get a Hide-A-Key (magnetic key box)

  • Under $5
  • You'll never have to wait for your spare key to arrive by a family member or pay a locksmith
  • Make sure to check them often
  • Use a small plastic bag to keep your keys dry
u/jargonoid · 1 pointr/vandwellers

I got this underneath my car somewhere with a key and a $20 in it.

u/The_Sloth_Racer · 1 pointr/ADHD
  1. I had the same problem so I got a key holder that is magnetic and sticks under your car so if you lock your keys in, you have a hidden spare. I found this one on Amazon.

  2. Why wouldn't you just get AAA instead of calling a locksmith? I'm not sure how much a locksmith costs but I bet AAA is way cheaper as you only pay for the membership once a year and they'll come unlock your car as frequently as needed.
u/GangaMonster · 1 pointr/eldertrees

What about one of those key boxes? they are usually magnetic and are a small black box with a slide to put keys in but im sure you could fit a small stash in it. like this

u/ltrain430 · 1 pointr/running

I hide my key in a secret cubbie. I pretend like I am tying a shoe in case anyone is looking.

Edit: this

u/Madtrillainy · 1 pointr/Drugs

I recommend one of these

It's big enough to hold about a dozen j's or a one hitter or any thing small. Can hide it deep in your engine bay and It's magnetic so will go almost any where.

u/Letmefixthatforyouyo · 1 pointr/gaming

Its very easy now. Get one of these controllers and then one of these zwave door locks. Use this free android app to control it.

u/kitikitish · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Not that I want to discourage sales, and this is just a quick price check, but one item, after a 22% discount, is still 23% more than the item. Another, after 22% off, is still 8.5% more than Amazon.

u/sadfa32413cszds · 1 pointr/smarthome

perhaps. I installed the locks 5+ years ago. Just found the z-wave cards a month ago.

edit - I found exactly what I ended up with

keypad and auto lock was the key requirement at the time of purchase as I had a toddler that liked to open the door if it wasn't deadbolted. the key pads have been really useful compared to using a key to open it.

u/GhostsInside · 1 pointr/whatisthisthing

u/natarenec I believe this is what you are looking for

u/ragweed · 1 pointr/lockpicking

Yeah, and some interior locks have keys like these kwikset keys.

u/forgivethepast · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

We just bought a house where the previous owners had placed small keys on the top door frame outside every room with a lock. I think this is so they could easily get in a locked door in case there was an emergency or somebody slipped in the bathroom or something.

u/mike413 · 1 pointr/whatisthisthing

I put these types of keys on top of the door frames. Don't want someone locked in in trouble.

The keys I have look like this

u/honcho713 · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

We use one from Schlage and have never had a problem with it. Although there is a small monthly fee.

u/DangReadingRabbit · 1 pointr/AirBnB

I’m not a host (I’m a guest), but in my own home I have one of the Schlage keyless locks. It locks immediately and is programmable. It’s great.

I’ve been looking to upgrade it to one that will integrate with my home alarm system and be programmable on my phone. I’ve been keeping my eye out for sales on the Schlage FE599NX because it does both, and is basically otherwise exactly the same.

I don’t like the locks that wait 30 or 60 seconds to engage without pressing some button. I want it fully automatic and locked instantly. This one does that.

u/Slartibartfastthe3rd · 1 pointr/homeautomation
u/akyyyy · 1 pointr/AirBnB

Yes depending on a cell phone can be the wrong way to go. But the pin code one seems really good. . It allows me to generate a 4 digit code so I can email it to my guests.

This is the one I'm considering Schlage FE599NX CAM 619 ACC 619 Home Keypad Lever with Z-Wave Technology, Satin Nickel

And having a Realtor style lock box hidden somewhere as a backup

u/hanksredditname · 1 pointr/homeowners

I recently purchased a home and we updated all the locks so they have the same key. It was fairly simple. You can buy one of these kits, just make sure you get it for the right kind of lock. They are different depending on which brand of doorknob/deadbolt you have - there are only really Schlage and Kwikset options. The kit we bought is good for 6 locks - just keep in mind that each deadbolt and doorknob is a lock so potentially 2 per door.

I'm assuming this means you will have a different key for your electronic keypad lock but those may also be changeable.

u/rezarekta · 1 pointr/lockpicking

Good call on the thrift stores! I'll start visiting those in my area! I will bug you again with one last question! I found this on amazon, but I can't quite understand what exactly comes with the kit... i.e. does it come with some regular driver pins, or is it just the key pins:

u/doogie88 · 1 pointr/Winnipeg
u/TNGMug · 1 pointr/Calgary

When I bought my house I nearly spent hundreds to have it re-keyed... Then I found something like this:

$20... I think I spent $15. It was pretty easy, you just replace the Tumblr pins to the new code and bobs your uncle. Takes a few tries to get the hang of the little tool that holds everything together, but it's not too tough.

u/CapitalizedInterest · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

FYI: you can buy kits to rekey your own locks if you're looking to save some money. I moved into a house and used this:

Took ~2 hours to change 5 locks. Way cheaper than swapping out 2 deadbolts and 3 knobs.

u/hunterstee · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Good point! This is the only thing I would be concerned with, but otherwise mixing brands should be fine. I had all Schlage dumb locks already, so I picked the Schlage Connect and rekeyed it and all the dumb locks to the same Schlage key. There is some overlap with certain manufacturers, but for the most part each use a different key shape that is incompatible with the others.

Admittedly it was a bit frustrating with the first lock, but I rekeyed everything myself using this kit: Saved some cash as compared to having a locksmith do it and learned a new skill that may come in handy in the future.

u/Cowabunco · 1 pointr/homesecurity

There are locks that fit over the knob too, something like this Prime-Line S 4180 Door Knob Lock-Out Device

u/Concise_Pirate · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

This may work, but it's not foolproof.

The exact product you're describing is hard to come by because it's an extreme safety hazard -- you could permanently lock someone into a room.

Most people with this issue screw extra hardware to the door and then use a padlock like this. Note how when the lock is on, the screws to remove the hardware are covered.

u/Bakayaro_Konoyaro · 1 pointr/childfree
u/Shorshack · 1 pointr/homedefense

Pretty sure reinforced catch/strikeplate. It's a step up from just a strike plate (decorative), and a step down from a high end reinforced strike plate.

u/rosticles · 1 pointr/homeautomation

I bought two of these for my house to solve your exact problem.

u/mamamalia · 1 pointr/DIY

You can secure the door with “defend security.” It’s really secure but not functional if you need to open the door from the outside. But very secure if you just need the door to stay locked.

This is what I use because my toddler could unlock the door and deadbolt. It was easy to install. Had a minor issue of the door being too snug but I eventually figured it out.

FYI, I am not at all knowledgeable in this area. Just letting you know what I did and what worked for me in my situation. Good luck!

Defender Security

u/heatherjasper · 1 pointr/preppers

Switch out the door screws, change the locks if you haven't already, and get a door reinforcement lock (like this one: You'll have the same door and everything, with nothing super tactical or whatever added on, but your doors will be way more secure. You could also put on some door alarms that ring when the door opens, if you don't have a security system in place.

u/Target359 · 1 pointr/whatisthisthing

also don't use security devices that cannot be deactivated easily and quickly from the inside when trying to escape a building. They shouldn't be difficult to use in a fire nor unable to deactivate from the outside if a kid were to activate it from the inside while you are outside,, and never use a chain/swinging/sliding lock for securely opening a door part way which can be broken and bypassed easily. Never use a locking device on an exterior doorway that requires a key to unlock it from the inside.

Also use this attached to the door knob or handle with a rubber band if you live in a very sketchy neighborhood. This way you have to hold the stop bar up to open the door, and if someone tries to force their way in after you unlock the door to peek out or answer, and the criminal tries to force the door open, if you drop the stop bar it will be a door stopper, and not fall off if the door is closed and attempted to be opened again.

u/seahawkguy · 1 pointr/Whatcouldgowrong

Would this help? My friend swears by it

Defender Security U 10827 Door Reinforcement Lock – Add Extra, High Security to Your Home and Prevent Unauthorized Entry – 3” Stop, Aluminum Construction (Satin Nickel Finish)

u/xinit · 1 pointr/Parenting
u/wafflesareforever · 1 pointr/nonononoyes

Or you could just get one of these for less than ten bucks.

I have them on my doors. They're really solid. I just use them at night, gives me a little more peace of mind. I live in a safe neighborhood, but one night a few years ago there was a crazy drugged-out guy breaking into homes with the families asleep inside, just looking for money I guess, but still. Obviously he got caught pretty quickly but with young kids at home I decided that I should reinforce my doors somehow.

u/Gunmetal2187 · 1 pointr/LasVegas

I'm not sure if what you're talking about is different but the door jamb reinforcement I'm talking about does the same thing. No contractor needed. Here's an example

Door Armor MAX - Complete Door Reinforcement Set For Jamb, Frame, Strike Plate - DIY Home Door Security - Satin Nickel

u/Tangurena · 1 pointr/Whatcouldgowrong

The way the frame is attached is very weak and trivial to defeat.

Most door reinforcement kits will make the jam much more resistant to kicking.


Also, "hammer head deadbolts" hold on to the frame so that they are much harder to kick in. They push two ball bearings into the strike plate hardware in order to grab on to the frame:

Goes over door security in far more detail than you want:

u/zzorga · 1 pointr/NOWTTYG

Something like this would be useful for distributing the force of impact over a larger area, and doesn't require heavy renovating to install.

Otherwise, one thing to keep in mind is that most modern modular homes have incredibly shitty pre framed doors.

The actual frame is completely separate from the house, only connected by a few screws here and there.

A good countersunk lagbolt every foot would resolve that problem pretty well. Because otherwise that shitty 3/4" pine is gonna shatter and shear right away... Or it's possible that the crappy screws will shear first, and your door will accompany your frame on its way to the floor. Lagbolts motherfucker, use em.

u/traft00 · 1 pointr/homedefense
  • Install reinforcement plates on all your outer doors:
    Door Armor
u/j021 · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

I was researching home security last night and many suggested this

I think that's what they are referring to. One of the reviews has a video to better see.

u/ChuckieFister · 1 pointr/Perfectfit
u/nishnasty · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Ok so once I buy this


I need to install the connect for the bridge? And also the SmarThings hub since it has z-wave? I think I am mixing up things but is that the general gist?



u/harbinger06 · 1 pointr/JUSTNOMIL

I don’t have any advice for dealing with MIL, but if you are worried about them trying to break in while you are home, there are some fairly inexpensive products you can buy.
You can get door bars and window locks. They make special door bars for sliders too if you have that kind of door in your home. Hope this helps and good luck to you.

u/redroguetech · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Retro-fit smart locks do it (eg this). Gives the best of both worlds. Allows bumping, picking and drilling like a traditional lock, and getting hacked from any developing country.

u/MonacoE92 · 1 pointr/videos

Need to get a steel door frame and/or a burglar bar for when you are at home.

Also, make sure it is at a slight angle and not sticking way out from the door. The way these work is by making all the force of someone kicking/ramming in the door, go up into the top of the door frame. Some people put these on with waaay too much of a slant.

Also, two things to look for in a good lock are at least 6 pins, and they should be anti-pick pins.

u/MrHaVoC805 · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Here's what you asked for

Wink Hub 2

Hue White Ambiance

August Smart Lock (2nd Gen)

GE Z-Wave Wireless Control Duplex Receptacle Outlet

Based on what you said about a nice slick UI I think the Wink 2 wins that battle over a Samsung Smart Things hub. Plus if you get into adding shades Lutron makes a nice z wave shade called the Serena and the Wink 2 can operate Lutron devices without needing another hub. It's not as customizable as Smart Things, but I think it works well and has good support behind it.

The Hue Ambiance bulbs are nice, does tons of white light shades only so it fits your requirements there. You will need a Hue bridge, but that integrates with the Wink 2 nicely.

If you can get the August lock with Z-wave functionality I'd go with that over what I linked because I think the normal August is pretty shit, but it's the only lock I know of where you can assign one time use codes or time sensitive ones. Getting the normal (Bluetooth) August lock online requires the August Connect and its a buggy piece of shit that barely works even with the best connection and very close to the lock. Maybe software will\has fixed it but in my prior experience with it I was very not impressed. You can also add a keypad to the August on the secured side of the door. All those extras add up though, but you can do everything you said was required with the August that I believe no other lock can do.

The outlets are pretty self explanatory, work off Z-wave and only one plug is automated the other is always on.

Alexa can integrate with everything I listed, all you need to do is give everything a unique name and have her find the smart home devices and you can give simple commands like, "Alexa turn off kitchen light" and it'll do it.

You could definitely get more complicated setups but all of these things will work together, you could even pair your Ecobee with the Wink 2 if you wanted to.

u/HyperspaceCatnip · 1 pointr/homeautomation

It's this one - it has a Z-wave module, so as long as you have a Z-wave hub it should work fine. I use it with Samsung SmartThings and it can be unlocked and locked over the internet via that.

u/fish_kisser · 1 pointr/homeautomation

I actually use Yale locks( If you use the one with a key(, They are re-keyable to match either Schlage or Kwikset locks to match the rest of the house. Also, you can add either Z-Wave or ZigBee, also to better fit the rest of your house. The Geo-fencing is a feature that comes with the Vera Plus and its app.(

u/digitalPhonix · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

Amazon's saying there's a new version and doesn't seem to have the same thing anymore (still sold by third party sellers but for ridiculous prices :P). I remember the Yale website having the best price when I bought it.

u/johnny3810 · 1 pointr/homeautomation

Is anybody here using Yale locks? I'm considering the Yale YRD 240 based on good reviews, functionality and appearance. It's Z-Wave which should work great with my ISY994 based Insteon + Z-Wave system.

u/radioactive_muffin · 1 pointr/homesecurity

Reinforcement lock or the ol' fashioned bar stop are prob best bets for an apartment. The screw holes will be hidden in the door frame so probably won't be noticed on inspection if/when you remove it. The bar is a classic...both only work if you remember to set them though.

u/sneakpeekbot · 1 pointr/buildapcsales
u/Robbbbbbbbb · 1 pointr/homeautomation

First, it's $125.

Second, that's a referral link hidden in a Twitter post. Here is the actual link:

Lastly, that's about the price for a 3rd gen on eBay. 2nd gens can be had for $85 less the memorial day coupon..

u/laioren · 1 pointr/LifeProTips
u/Tryin2B · 1 pointr/SmartThings

I'm considering this same type of setup since letting the dogs out in the middle of the night is a pretty common occurrence. Seems like this security concern could be mitigated if a deadbolt with no exterior key hole was used in the setup, right?

Similar to this one Yale YRD246

u/Roygbiv856 · 1 pointr/homesecurity

I got this for my door and love it. The key to immediately upgrading door strength is longer screws. This comes with 3-4 in screws and a lot more

u/josherkosher · 1 pointr/PersonalFinanceCanada

Bought the Hive Automation Starter Pack (2 Bulbs, 2 Sensors, 1 Hub, 1 Plug-In) Here for $50. (Regular price $250 - Prime)


Also eyeing the August Smart Lock Pro + Connect for $173. (Non-Prime)

u/13AccentVA · 1 pointr/homeautomation

I'm not aware of any off the shelf units, but you may be able to mod something like this. To my knowledge these just turn a standard deadbolt, if you modify the mechanism in the unit, or the key for your door you probably be able to get it to work.

Edit: I just noticed the keyhole looks like it's also a button, so maybe not without a complicated work around.

u/Reddit_Executive · 0 pointsr/chicago

Door Brace. You can probably find one cheaper, or make one; this is just what I pulled up on Amazon really quick.

u/archaicologist · 0 pointsr/videos

Your salvation put them above the door frame or on a hook next to any door you want to lock and keep cats out of.

u/Brad_Wesley · -1 pointsr/legaladvice

Nobody pissed in my Apple Jacks. You are just being overly dramatic. In any event, buy this:

$19.95 is a bargain so that you can "feel comfortable again":

u/discoafroman · -3 pointsr/bonnaroo

How old are you? Do you know what we are talking about? Here is one at walmart right now that I have on my car for $5. Another on Amazon.

At nearly any walmart there are MinuteKey or keyme stands that cost like $1-$3 dollars for key copies (that's for keys to open the outside of cars. for a copy of your key to start your car it just depends on your car for the price. I've had some that were $5 and some that were $99 but it's way cheaper than any tow or service to unlock the car at Roo) I just checked all of this is at the Walmarts around Manchester at the least and it takes literally 5 minutes to do this