Monday, June 7, 2010
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Sliding glass door locks are an important investment to make if you want to keep your house secure. Sliding glass doors are a favorite among homeowners because they offer a picturesque view of the outside while also serving the dual purpose of a functional door. Unfortunately, these doors are also a favorite among burglars because they are often poorly secured and provide ample room for a crook to carry out all of your valuable goods. These doors are usually on the side or back of a home which makes it all the more appealing. Luckily the right sliding glass door locks can keep them at bay.
Even though glass doors are easy to break, a burglar would rather not go through that bother. An unlocked door is an invitation to a crook because this means he can get inside of your home rather easily without drawing any attention to himself. This is what makes having some high quality sliding glass door locks installed of utmost importance. Most of these doors feature a central latch which usually does not provide the best security. The quality of the built in locks differs depending on the type of door you have. Some models already come with high quality internal deadbolts which should be enough of a hindrance for burglars.
Some homes actually have sliding glass interior doors installed. Because these doors are not on the outside of the home, security is not as much of an issue. If they have locks at all they are simple and not that difficult to pry open. It is up to you if you would like to upgrade these locks or not, but for the most part this will not be necessary. Sometimes locks are installed on inside doors for privacy reasons, but for glass doors which are already see through, there is little need for this.
There are other measures that you can take in order to provide your home with some added security. For one thing, there are replacement bars that you can purchase which extend along the entire stretch of the sliding door which prevent it from being opened. These are typically made of a strong reinforced metal which makes them nearly impossible to open.
Sometimes these locks can become worn out with age, in which case sliding glass door lock repair may become necessary. If so, this is a job that is best left to a professional locksmith since these devices are usually too complicated for an average person without training in this area to take on by themselves.
All in all, you will find that sliding glass door locks are not particularly expensive, so there is no reason why you should not have them installed on your doors. Not only will this provide you with peace of mind, but it will protect you and your possessions.
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Decoration is a great art. Not all can master in it. It requires some artistic sense and effort. Interior and exterior decoration can prove to be a daunting and tough task if proper planning is not done. You need to plan well before starting your home development or home redesigning project.
There are many things that you need to consider while doing this program. Security and privacy are two of the important factors that you need to keep in mind while selecting a gate for the entrance of your house. Wrought iron gates can serve the purpose well. In fact, these gates are quite popular and many people are selecting these items to give a classy look to their house.
There are some important factors that you need to consider while selecting wrought iron gates. These are not ordinary doors. You can give majestic and antique touch to your house by installing these stylish and beautiful iron gates. Weight is a crucial factor to consider while choosing an iron gate for your home. The column or the support structure in which the gate will be fitted should be strong enough to bear the weight of the gate all the time.
The hinges on which the gate will rotate also need to be strong to support the gate. This item is heavy and thus you may find it difficult to open it. You can opt for lightweight doors. But they may not give that stylish look to your house. Nothing is as majestic as a tall and big wrought iron doors fixed in front of the home.
These gates are not available in various designs. The intricate designs of wrought iron can give an elegant and classy touch to your house thereby increasing its aesthetic beauty. This feature makes the wrought iron so special and popular. But this can cause privacy issues as people standing outside can see inside the complex. If this a great issue for you, you can opt for wooden gates or some other gates.
The best way to find these gates is through internet shopping. You can make use of the World Wide Web to look at the images of different wrought iron products before selecting one. You can also visit the stores that offer these products if you are not comfortable with online shopping.
If you are starting a house improvement project that will add beauty, grace and charm to your house, then you can definitely select wrought iron gates. They can add charm and beauty to your house. The best part is that they can match with any type of home decor, both outside and inside. There are some great tips and ideas on using wrought iron gates in your home improvement endeavor.
Friday, June 4, 2010
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Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Don't get bumped!
As a working locksmith, in business now for over 25 years, I am trained in various techniques generally referred to as "lock picking". Knowing how to defeat locks without damage is one of the fundamental skills expected of anyone in this industry. For the most part, lock picking is an art when it is practiced using conventional tools. Like so many other skills, it can be taught to pretty much anyone who has the desire to learn, but it takes practice and real skill is not acquired quickly. It is for these reasons that very few run of the mill burglars enter homes or businesses by picking the locks. They use faster and usually more destructive techniques.
However, though the technique is not new, a practice known as "bumping" or "key bumping" is enjoying new popularity thanks largely to the Internet. This is actually a legitimate form of lock picking and can often succeed in opening locks that resist other more mainstream picking techniques, and it is one that requires no special tools. It is capable of giving reasonably quick entry through a locked door without damage and with little noise, thus posing a real threat to the security of your home.
The intent of this article is not to provide a primer on key bumping, but to provide ideas that will go a long way toward protecting the public from its unauthorized use. In order to do that, I think it is important that the reader acquire a bit of understanding of how the technique works.
Key bumping works best on pin tumbler locks, and that is exactly what you have on the doors to your home and business. Pin tumbler locks have long been the standard in door hardware as they provide higher security than do locks making use of disc tumblers, also known as wafer tumblers. Most residential locks have 5 pin tumblers whereas 6 is the norm for commercial and industrial hardware.
When a correctly cut key is inserted into a lock, the tumblers settle into the bittings of the key. Those are the low points, or valleys, in your key. Contrary to popular belief, the tumblers are aligned by these low spots and not by the "peaks" or high spots on the key. The tumblers and the key are matched so that when the key is fully inserted all the tumblers form a shear line -- which means they all line up in a straight, flat line inside the lock which allows the key to turn the lock. When key bumping is used, a key is inserted in which all the bittings have been cut down to the deepest measurement permissable for the specific kind of lock involved. Naturally this makes all the tumblers drop too far inside the lock and there is no shear line . . . yet.
Key bumping comes into play when this fully inserted special key is rapped, or bumped, using a small mallet or even a piece of wood. As the key is bumped, a slight amount of turning pressure is applied to the key. Bumping rhythmically causes a percussive effect inside the lock as energy is transmitted from the key to the pin tumblers that have settled into its bittings. The tumblers begin to jump upward and then fall back down, repeatedly, and eventually there will be an instant in which all of the tumblers have found themselves at exactly the right level within the lock to form the necessary shear line. Because there is always just a hint of turning pressure being applied to the key (this is also varied rhythmically as the bumping is carried out), the lock will turn at that instant and the door is unlocked.
Because this technique is so easily learned, and because the specially cut keys are not at all hard to come by (they can be purchased from hobby sites and locksmith supply sites), key bumping has been growing in popularity with that portion of society you would rather not have it . . . burglars. So what can we do about it? Here are a few good suggestions:
Make certain your exterior doors are protected by at least two keyed locks . . . one keyed knob or lever and a deadbolt. This will at least require that any would-be burglar will have to defeat two locked cylinders instead of one.
Change out your residential-type 5-pinned deadbolts for commercial models that make use of 6 tumblers. They are always better quality, they have tighter tolerances, and the extra tumbler makes them much harder to pick no matter which technique is used.
A constrictive keyway such as found on Schlage locks is preferred to the wider keyways of Kwikset, Weiser, Yale, and other manufacturers. It is well known that Schlage keyways are harder to defeat by bumping than are most others.
The single most effective security measure, and likely the least costly, is to bathe your entry doors with light during nighttime hours. I suggest the use of floods with motion sensors for low cost and efficiency.
All these measures do more than just protect you from "getting bumped." They are equally effective at dissuading other types of crime and they will give a heightened sense of security and well being. Remember, you are protecting more than just real estate!