Best door lock replacement parts according to redditors

We found 380 Reddit comments discussing the best door lock replacement parts. We ranked the 118 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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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/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/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/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/ImaginaryCheetah · 25 pointsr/homeautomation

door openers are not cheap.

if you want to open doors that have knobs, you also need to add an electric strike, or electrify the trim... which i've recently learned is what locksmiths call door knobs.


here's an opener on amazon, that is about 1/3 the price of a commercial unit.


and an electric strike to release w/standard interior knob, this is about 1/3 the price of a commercial unit.


you will need to provide power for the opener.

depending on the complexity of the controller for the door opener, it may be able to directly control the strike.


once you have the opener and the strike, you just need any smart relay to use your phone.

such as,

i don't know anything about the different ecosystems, i'm sure apple homekit has a relay as well.

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/Nemo_Griff · 21 pointsr/lockpicking

Or you can just repin the lock.

u/Boredbarista · 20 pointsr/SeattleWA

You too can get into most RVs and file cabinets with this common key!

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/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/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/youngtundra777 · 13 pointsr/DIY
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/TheGuyInAShirtAndTie · 12 pointsr/firstworldanarchists

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There's a strong STRONG likelihood that the key to that particular nuisance box is a CH751.


Get beyond ballpoint pens and improvised levers- with a CH751 you can have that box open at your beck and call.


And did I mention it works on more than just office HVAC cages? Here is a small list of equipment that was also fitted (and thus, opened) with a CH751:



* Air conditioner units

* Liquor cabinet

* Most RVs

* Desks

* Gas Pumps

* Soda Fountain

* And a bunch of other shit!



And I'm sure you're wondering how much such a key could cost. I'm sure if it can open so many things it must be expensive. That's the best part- you can get a set of 10 keys, enough for you, your spouse, your work friend, your boss, your baby mama, your dog, that cool guy from the office next door, the intern, your weed guy, and his weed guy, for LESS THAN $8.



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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/ballshagger · 10 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

Do you know about these? You can rekey locks yourself for much less than the cost of a locksmith or new locks.

u/sgtsnyder88 · 10 pointsr/homedefense

Wow dude, either you downplayed the danger of your neighborhood or the severity of your paranoia. That said, here are some options:

If you're just looking for an audible alert, a door entry sensor that makes a tone when tripped (like on store entrances) may work, or you can hang some bells from the door knob. There are also alarm options such as this ( )

If you're looking for added physical security, there are several temporary/travel lock options:

Hope this helps, but honestly you may consider moving if it's so bad you have to pile things in front of the door and leave a TV on all night.

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/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/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/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/Dufusbroth · 7 pointsr/sexover30

$9 portable lock- screw around in peace

Test it first, thank me later.

Do not bang if your kids or other guest might see you (like the balcony :/ ) haha

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/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/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/roor1337 · 6 pointsr/CAguns

Found it at the local hardware store but looks like it’s here on amazon

Watch your pupperz since not only does it have a pistol grip BUT also a thumbhole stock.

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/SPQR23 · 5 pointsr/RoomPorn

Well for this project I used a heavy duty stainless steel piano hinge, but I recently discovered this:
Hidden door Hinge System
Which I found while browsing reddit BTW.
I think that if I ever going to do another hidden door I will use it.

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/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/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/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/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/richard_nixon · 4 pointsr/lifehacks
u/deathless88 · 4 pointsr/ak47

Didn't know this was a thing, looks cool. I wonder how well it works though.

Found a few blanks on amazon:

u/SirEDCaLot · 4 pointsr/homeautomation

Short version- it's probably cheaper to buy a 2nd robot vacuum, unless you go total DIY route.

Medium version- Unless the hallway is an outside hallway (IE one of the hallway walls is on the outside of the house) you probably aren't wasting any money heating it. If the hallway is surrounded by heated rooms, then the hallway itself won't bleed much heat except maybe through the ceiling and that's probably to another apartment.

Long version: Locking and unlocking doors is fairly easy. Unlatching doors is a bit harder- motorized doorknobs aren't really a common thing so you'd need an electric security strike plate. That would probably require cutting out a lot of the door frame to mount it. Then you have the issue of actually opening and closing the door. It has to open and close with enough force that it pushes the latch through the strike plate, but also should have some safety mechanism so it can't cause any harm to a human or pet. That's one reason why automatic door openers (like you see at the supermarket) are quite expensive- you need a powerful motor but you also need a bunch of sensors to stop the motor before it does any damage. Those things are quite expensive and require custom mounting. They're also fugly- this is the smallest most attractive one I could find and it's $530. You could use something more like an automatic gate opener but that's still $289.

If you were to do this, the DIY route is probably the way to go. The strike plate is easy enough, you can get that on Amazon for $23. That just needs 12vdc to unlock it. The opener is the harder part. You'd probably want something like a long stroke linear actuator. Alternatively you could make something using some gears and stuff- there are a few ways to do that.

But when you put all this together, you are still spending a good amount of money. Even if it's just $100 (which I'd put as the absolute bare minimum for this) how long will it take you to realize $100 worth of energy savings vs just leaving the hallway doors open?

u/dmscheidt · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Finding a kit of skeleton keys and seeing if any works is a good easy first step. One of these two keys works on about half old interior moritse locks:

u/random-engineer · 3 pointsr/lockpicking

Looks like it's a pinning set, like this

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/OrangePoser · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I haven't had a chance to try it out yet, but this is in my Amazon Wishlist in case I get that opportunity.

Hidden door Hinge System

I've always wanted to have my foyer be a small library, maybe 5'x8', bookshelves floor to ceiling, tile floor, maybe a nice chair, and the only way in to the rest of the house is a secret door. There's a book or a note on the table next to the chair with a clue. After a few clues they find the book to pull to open it.

I'd be so good at parties. It's surprising that I'm a redditer and have no friends...

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/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/Darnell2070 · 3 pointsr/teenagers

There is such a thing as portable door locks. You can carry it with you and lock any standard house door. Regardless if it has a lock or if someone has a key.

u/danimal317 · 2 pointsr/fixit

2/8 refers to 2' 8" or 32" wide and 6/7-3/4 would be 79 3/4" tall. 6P means 6 panel. Most big box home improvements stores are going to have this slab in stock. I would get a slab with no bore or hinge mortise. Watch the video /u/20pennySpike linked to. The reason I say no bore is because the height could be different on your doors bore. Hang it on the hinges first then mark where the bore needs to be. Use a lock installation kit to get the bore at the right backset, usually 2 3/8" for an interior door. Most door handles have an adjustable backset on the bolt so make sure yours is adjusted to the right one.

u/n0esc · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

What you need is a lock boring jig or door mortiser. Home Depot / Lowes sell something like this:

Obviously the included hole saw isn't going to make it through for a 5" backset, but pick up a decent bit and the guide should keep you straight enough to get the job done.

All depends on the cost to get someone out to drill the holes. Depending on where you are and the going rate, this may be the cheaper route.

u/randomuser158 · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

DEWALT Door Lock Installation Kit, Bi-Metal (D180004)

This'll make it simple. It includes everything but the drill.

u/Shear_line · 2 pointsr/Locksmith

Are they interior doors? Or do the exterior doors have this type of lock as well?

Also, are you in the US?

If they are interior doors, Id recommend picking up these and trying them first:

One of these two keys will work a good percentage of interior door mortise locks. Its worth the $3.50 gamble to give them a shot IMO. I would imagine a local locksmith would carry these, or at least be able to get them fairly quickly. Also, it doesnt have to be that brand specifically a number of companies make these kind of standard pattern keys, these are probably the cheapest though.

u/Fenwick23 · 2 pointsr/lockpicking

Yeah, those picks he linked to are for padlocks. I have a set in my pick kit.

99.9% chance you can use a key from the classic Lucky Line skeleton key set and it'll work.

u/Iboughtat2i · 2 pointsr/Locksmith
u/jondoelocksmith · 2 pointsr/lockpicking these ones should do the trick. Worst case, a bit of filing where the key rubs.

u/jsnchn · 2 pointsr/Locksmith

Thanks! Actually I see a Prime-Line brand for Kwikset. So I will buy that one.

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/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/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/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/eritain · 2 pointsr/JUSTNOMIL

You know better than I do what you need to be ready for, but in case you need extra security on any doors, think about an Addalock or a Travelers Security Lock. Comparative review:

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

direct u/short_comedy spam-bypassing link

Please report this post and user u/short_comedy for violating the rules for personal profit.

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/dubled · 2 pointsr/homedefense

You can buy the worlds greatest door lock and it won’t stop someone from simply kicking in your door. Exterior doors are quite weak where the lockset goes through the door jamb. You need to buy a door jamb reinforcement plate kit like this one.

Prime-Line U 11026 Jamb Repair and Reinforcement Kit, 59-1/2" - Reinforce and Repair Door Jamb - Add Extra Security to Your Home to Help Prevent Forced Entry - Steel, Paintable White Finish

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/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/door21 · 2 pointsr/DIY_tech

If you have an existing "turn to open" type lock that latches into a slot in the door-frame, you can replace the slot with one of these. It has a solenoid that locks shut and only opens when you send 12v into the solenoid. You keep the door itself permanently locked (with the existing key) and only open the slot using the solenoid. If it's similar to the slot already in your door-frame, there should be minimal damage to the frame, just a few screw holes that you can easily cover up with wood-filler when you leave. Then wire up your Pi to send 12v via a relay to the solenoid (get a pre-built relay module if you're unsure about how to wire a relay to the Pi).

There's also a version that's normally open, and locks itself when you send 12v to the solenoid. Its linked on the same product page.

u/digitalPhonix · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

How thick is the door and how wide is the door edge bit (where the lock is)? I don't think I've seen a lock that will be a drop in replacement, but as long as there's enough space next to the glass you should might be able to use something like this:

Otherwise, you can use an electronic strike that goes into the door frame:

They're usually meant for business security so you won't find many people using them for homes and I haven't seen one that has a z-wave or zigbee radio module (they usually need a dedicated access controller and power supply).

u/fuzzyaces · 2 pointsr/homeowners

It connects to a cloud service. So no hub needed. You can buy a Wifi Relay if you want, but its not necessary. The relay allows you to open the lock even when you're not in bluetooth range.

I guess the only other thing I can add is it does have IFTTT support. So if you are interested in automation at all (e.g. the lights come on when you come home) that's possible as well.

u/skippingstone · 1 pointr/DIY

Not sure if this helps, but I bought the following jig

DEWALT D180004 Bi-Metal Door Lock Installation Kit

u/chrisgee · 1 pointr/pics

they still make skeleton keys just like this, but with less rust.

u/Xanaxandporn · 1 pointr/Whatisthis
u/GhostLeader · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Buy a Schlage & Kwikset (by far the 2 most popular residential locks) pinning kit and get a couple used knobs from thrift/hardware store. You can learn how to rekey the locks and you'll be effectively picking a different lock every time.

u/nobody2000 · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

1.) I'm not 100% sure on the answer, but if you want one key for one house, you'll need one brand of locks. Then you can always look up a pin kit for that brand. I just don't know to what extent brands are compatible in terms of pins.

2.) You'll need tweezers, a large paperclip, like big and strong (helps you pop open door knobs), a cylinder remover (pops off the retaining ring), and a plug tool for holding the springs in place when you change out the pins.

3.) Operate slowly and read the directions. It's hard to know what to expect when you do it the first time, so they'll probably pop. When this happens, use the plug tool. Put it in so that it covers up 3 pins. With the 2 exposed pin, pop in the spring of the pin adjacent to the plug. Pop the pin on top. It helps to kind of wedge the plug against the pin as you set it into place. Then slide the plug over the pin. Repeat for the next hole. Now, slide the plug all the way through the lock so that only the two pins you placed in there are covered. Repeat procedure for remaining 3 pins. Now pop the cylinder back in and pray you never have to do this again.

This kit has everything you need, but only does a few locks.

u/slickwillytfcf · 1 pointr/lockpicking

KIK or on Amazon



They're all six-pin locks, but only keyed with five pins. Adding the sixth pin to the lock yourself will give you some practice gutting and reassembling a core. Might even cause you to learn to shim since you won't have a key that operates the sixth pin.

These little kits have everything you need for rekeying as a beginner. Also here and here.

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/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/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/CasperFatone · 1 pointr/woodworking

I don’t think I got them through Amazon but these seem to be the exact same ones I used.

Murphy Door ID.HINGEKIT Fmhd Pivot Hinge System W/New Ball Lock Pin

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/autarky1 · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

You can replace it with a high security door jam kit.The amazon reviews say that it helps repair and deter kick ins:

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/sheepdog69 · 1 pointr/fixit

The door should have a (or more) 2x4 stud on each side of the door that's flush (or, close - within a 1/2" or less) with the door casing. (the first pic on this page shows how it should be framed.) The door should be nailed/screwed into those studs on both the hinge side and the lock side. The studs are what should hold the weight of the door on the hinge side, and hold the latch securely on the lock side. If this was hung correctly, after you've drilled through the casing, you should see a stud, not a cavity. (Like I said earlier, the stud could be a little bit away from the casing, but not much - you should easily see it). In that case, you'd just use longer screws to install the latch plate (those 3/4" screws are useless for security. You want 2+" steel screws that will hold in the 2x4 stud - both on the latch side AND the hinge side.)

But, it sounds like your door is NOT hung correctly, and at least this one side doesn't have a stud. "Fixing" it correctly is a bigger project that involves taking out the existing door, putting in the king and jack studs in the right place, adding a header and cripple studs, then re-hanging the door. That's a good bit of work, and would require some drywall work and paint after you are done. It might be too big of a job for you.

But, before you do that, I'd ask where is the door? Is it an interior or exterior door? And why you are putting in the deadbolt. Is it for true security, or just a little bit more privacy?

If it's exterior, I'd get it re-framed correctly. If it's interior, and you just want a little bit more privacy, consider a security latch - something like this or even this. Neither of these will be as good as framing it correctly, but it will make it a little more difficult to kick in (but not really hard).

Good luck.

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/HDNR_THIIL · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting



$2.25 with a minimum order quantity of 5

u/jrproler · 1 pointr/homedefense

I have my doorbird connected to an electric door strike. I am using the doorbird's relay to click a button on an access controller to release the electric strike.

On the Doorbird the relay you can set it up as NC or NO.

You can use the the doorbird to open the electric strike directly.

There is a doorbird with builtin keypad.


Electric strike - fail secure (No power = strike is locked

u/twitchy_fingers · 1 pointr/homeautomation

2nd this. Although could just use a key fob or the nfc chip in the phone, or in your schools id badge. I'm a big fan of rfid for access control. I used something like this: UHPPOTE Electric Strike Fail Secure NO Mode Lock a Part For Access Control Wood Metal Door
With an hid reader and programmed it to accept my school's id badge. Badge in and push the door open. Now I'm renting though and I don't really like any of the rfid dead bolts I've seen on the market, so no current smart locks for me.

u/aquaphire · 1 pointr/homeautomation

I have an [august lock](August Smart Lock 2nd Generation – Silver, Works with Amazon Alexa, couldn't be happier after install hardware is simple enough to install although my one gripe is that i wish the motor was a tad stronger for those old/sticky locks but nothing a $40 lock or WD cant fix. The [august iOS app](August Home by August Home, Inc. support is top notch with updates coming once a 1-2/mo. If have the $$ you can take it a step further and get an [august wifi bridge](August Connect Wi-Fi Bridge to allow for lock/unlock outside of home network.

u/velvetRing · 1 pointr/rape

This is deeply upsetting and I wish could help in some way. I had a friend who also had something like this and I researched some ways to make a door lock that doesn’t lock and found some products on amazon usually listed as “travel door lock” for hotel room doors and stuff. Is it a swing door or a sliding door? Can you buy off of amazon? I haven’t used these and can’t vouch for them.


Portable Door Lock Replaces for Addalock Compatible for Travel Lock, AirBNB Lock.

Door Security Devices Portable Door Stopper Jammer Door Lock Brave

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/codewolf · -1 pointsr/Locksmith

Almost all of these keys are the same. You just need a skeleton key. These can be found very cheaply. Don't call a locksmith and waste your money.

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