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It’s kinda easy to get locked out of your own house. Believe me, I have done it a few times. So, why not try some of the keyless locksets?
But whats the difference between a keyless lockset and mechanical lockset?
Keyless Locks: have a keypad entry that are battery operated.
Mechanical Locks: have a keypad entry, but no batteries are required! And that means no power of any kind. Cool right? Works great in extreme cold and heat and you will never have to panic about your battery dying and/or being locked out.
What do I need to know before ordering door hardware?
This may be a question you have, so lets go over some of the things you need to know, before you order a door knob/lever or deadbolt.
Most of the door knobs on our site don’t need many measurements at all. You will need to make sure that you door hardware fits a standard door preparation. If you don’t know what that is, look over the diagrams below. The first diagram is a standard prep for most likely a standard interior door. If you are ordering a Handleset or Knob and a Deadbolt, the second diagram is the standard prep for something like that (if your door measures different from 5 1/2″ CC, please give us a call).
The backset is the distance from the edge of your door to the center of the bore hole (the big hole where the doorknob is mounted). The easiest way to figure out what you need is to measure from the edge of the door where the latch goes in and out to the highest part of your bore hole, or the highest part of the existing knob’s backplate.
Almost all of the ones on our site are either 2 3/8″ or 2 3/4″, although we do have 2″ backset deadbolt from Brass Accents. If there is not an option on our site to choose a backset measurement, it means that it adjusts from 2 3/8″ to 2 3/4″. If not, you probably should take out the ruler.
Standard door thickness is 1 3/4″ – 2″. If you have a door that is over that thickness, Emtek has a lot of hardware that can fit up to 3″ thick. So as long as your doors are standard, you won’t need to worry about that part when ordering anything on the site.
Door handing is a lot easier than it sounds. Lots of the brands make this super easy, where they are interchangeable and you change the left hand to right hand vise versa. But some of brands require handing, so here is a diagram to help you determine what you have.
|Stand facing the door on the outside – If it’s a locking door, stand on the side of the door where you would insert a key (or unlocking tool if it would be a privacy lock).|
|If the hinges are on the left, it’s a left hand door. If the hinges are on the right, it’s a right hand door.|
These are just the main things you will need to know before placing an order. You will still need to choose a style and the finish and all that fun stuff. But this should help you get started. Make sure to specify your keying instructions… keying all alike is free! If you need master keying give us a call.
Happy shopping and happy weekend!
Keyless is the thing. The sure thing to make your life easier. No more worrying about trying to hide a key somewhere secret and/or get locked out of the house and then forget where that spare key is, because you hid it so darn well even you can’t find it.
Let’s make life simple shall we?
Oh!.. and don’t forget stylish!…
Back when I was a kid I was so excited for the future; there were going to be flying cars, robots, holograms — you name it!
With all of my dreams of fantastic futuristic amenities, it had never occurred to me that we would actually be able to buy stuff with the click of a mouse. Imagine that — purchasing some shiny new doorknobs with a computer! How cool is that?!
Well, let me introduce you to something even more futuristic than online door hardware. The picture above shows the new Model 2835 Keyless Locking Leverset from Lockey. This keyless lever is perfect for garage doors, closets, and storage rooms — and the best part is, you don’t need a key to operate it!
Available in multiple finishes (including Lockey’s special Marine Grade Finish), the 2835 Leverset will welcome you to the future in style. Get yours today!
Yesterday I had the opportunity to install a Lockey M210 Mechanical Keyless Deadbolt. This deadbolt is very easy to install already, but to make it even easier, Lockey came out with an Lockey M210EZ. The M210 requires that you drill an additional hole above the standard bore hole, the M210EZ does not require the additional hole. I installed this lock for a friend of mine who will be using it on his manufacturing facility. Because it will be a high use door, we opted for the M210 which has the additional hole, mainly just for added security. We probably didn’t need to, but since I was installing having to drill an additional hole was not a big deal to me. The deadbolt was very easy to install and looks great on the door. I added this picture above so you can see the size relative to my hand. Before seeing this lock in person, i imagined it being much larger. It comes with a black trim piece that mounts behind the keypad and covers the bore hole and looks nice completely installed. This mechanical lock is built well and has smooth operation when entering the code and retracting the lock.
To lock the door from the inside or out, just throw the bolt using the turn knob. From the outside, once the bolt is thrown you have to unlock using the code. From the inside, just retract with the turn knob. I like this keyless deadbolt because it is very simple to use, sturdy and smooth.
The Pro’s to this lock:
– Easy Install on Standard Bore (M210EZ even easier install)
– Mechanical Lock means no batteries to worry about.
– Smooth operation and sturdy feel.
– Simple. Sometimes you just want a simple functional lock – this is it.
Cons (Well, cons if you care about these features):
– You can only have one code (some electronic keyless locks allow up to 20 or more codes)
– The buttons are not lit.
– You have to remove the lock to change the code.
Ironically, the Lockey has the word ‘Digital’ stamped on the lock, but it is not a digital lock – Mechanical however, it is.
Overall, I was pleased with this lock. I would buy this lock for its simplicity, functionality and sturdy construction.
In the market for a new keyless lock? There are several types of Keyless locks available on the market today so it’s worth a look to see which each type of lock offers. We have several brands and styles available, most of which are for residential or light commercial use, including marine grade keyless locks. We do also have commercial options available upon request.
Keyless or Electronic Deadbolts – Keyless deadbolts are quite popular and available from major brands like Emtek, Schlage, Weiser, Kwikset and even in mechanical versions from Lockey. If you want a keyless deadbolt with a remote key fob (like you would have for your car door locks) we have those available too from Lockstate. Keyless deadbolts allow you to enter your home with a combination entered into the keypad, or you can bypass the keypad with your key if you have it available. Keyless deadbolts allow you program (and re-program) multiple combinations so that different people can have access but not necessarily have the same code. These keyless deadbolts do not require any special electrical wiring, but the electronic deadbolts are battery powered. The batteries do last quite a while and most will have an alarm that sounds upon entry to let you know when the batteries are getting low. The main thing you need to be careful about with a keyless deadbolt is that if you have a keyed door knob or lever below the deadbolt that gets locked… you’ll be able to unlock the deadbolt with a code, but you’ll need a key for the doorknob below. To prevent this you can install a passage / non-locking function knob or lever that is always open.
Keyless Doorknobs and Lever Handles – If your door only has one bore hole for a knob or lever a keyless doorknob or lever is the best for you. We have many variations of the keyless levers and knobs. These will all allow you to program multiple combinations, but some have added features that may be desirable for your application so I’ll explain a few here.
Schlage Flex Locks – Schlage makes a keyless lock called a flex lock which allows you to set the door to automatically lock behind you and require a keycode for entry. It also gives you the flexibility of setting it as unlocked so you are required to lock the door as you leave. The Flex lock is a great choice for a home office or business where you want the lock to remain open during certain hours, then locked after hours. Emtek keyless levers also work in this same manner, though they are not called Flex locks.
Schlage Auto-Locks – These keyless locks will always lock behind you when you leave. These types of locks are great for homes where you don’t want your forgetful kids to leave the door unlocked when they leave.
Another type of Keyless Lever we carry is the Lockey Double Combination keyless lock. These locks are mechanical so they do not require batteries or electronics. The double combination means that you have to enter the combination to enter or exit the building.
And finally one of our more popular electronic Locks is the Lockstate Resort Lock. The Lockstate Resort Lock is a great keyless lock to have on your office, or vacation home because it allows you to do multiple things that a normal keyless lock won’t do. With Lockstate software (sold separately) you can program codes only valid for certain dates. For example if you want a customer renting your vacation home to only have access from Friday at noon to Sunday at 6 P.M. you can generate a code for him that will work during those time periods only and then be invalid. You can also set up permanent combinations and with the software be able to track who entered the building and when. This tracking ability is very handy for apartment manager, business owner or anyone who wants to be able to know who was in the building at certain times. The Resort Lock is available in the standard RL2000 series and a heavier duty RL4000 series for commercial use. You can run multiple Resort locks with only one software license.
Keyless Entry Handlesets bascially work the same as the keyless deadbolts. The lower portion is the same as any other handleset, but the deadbolt has been replaced with a keyless deadbolt. There aren’t a whole lot of styles available for these, but we’ve had many customers purchase a keyless deadbolt to replace their current handleset’s deadbolt. You could also buy a new handleset and replace it’s deadbolt with a keyless deadbolt to get the style you want (sorry, we can’t sell handlesets for less without the deadbolt portion- they are packed from the manufacturer with the deadbolt).
Keyless Mechanical Locks do not require batteries and are available in many different styles for different applications from businesses to sliding doors to gates. Be sure to check out the many different Mechanical Locks from Lockstate and Lockey.
In summary, there are many different kinds of keyless locks available. They all share the convenience of not having to carry a key, or pass out keys to those you want to grant access. Hopefully this information has helped you narrow down your search to find the keyless lock that will work best for your application.