The Knock Knock Lock?

I’m giving these guys props for coming up with a cool idea. Max Lesser and Andy Chen are apparently a couple of roomies that kept losing their keys and took matters into their own hands to come up with a solution – which for them was programming a secret series of knocks that activates a key dispensing mechanism. Just use your secret knock, the key is dispensed and then put the key back in the dispenser once you enter. Here’s their video on how it works:

Cool idea guys, but i think i’ll just keep using my Emtek Emtouch Keyless Lock. Maybe not as fun, but less complicated and no keys required at all. I’m just sure i’d forget to put the key back in the knock knock lock, but I can set my own key code and remember it. Keep being creative though. I wish someone would invent a good public restroom lock that would open without me having to touch the door after I wash my hands.

Door Hardware Options for an Exterior Door

It’s important to feel safe and secure when it comes to an exterior/entry door. I don’t think anyone would feel comfortable installing a regular door knob with no type of lock on an exterior door, I guess unless you live out in the middle of nowhere and I am guessing that probably means you leave your keys in your car too. Anyway, not everyone lives where there are no neighbors in sight. So it’s important to find a lock(s) that makes you feel comfortable when leaving the house for the day or maybe days.  Believe it or not there are a lot of door lock options for an entry/exterior door, not just your basic door knob that has a key.

 

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The most common combination is probably a basic single cylinder deadbolt with a passage function knob or lever. A passage function means it has not type of lock on the door knob or lever, the deadbolt is how you would keep your door locked. You could choose a double cylinder deadbolt if you wanted, but that mean’s it will be keyed on the outside as well as the inside. It’s not recommended for most doors, as it could be a fire hazard.

 

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Another good choice would be to find a deadbolt that you like and pair it with a keyed door knob or keyed lever.

 

sideplate-lockSideplate locks are a little fancier option with so many different plate options and you get to pair it with your choice of door knob or lever and choose whatever of the many finishes. These work basically like the first option (deadbolt and passage function knob or lever) except it has a fancy plate in between. Sideplates are from Emtek. The picture above shoes a sideplate with a CC of 3 5/8″ (which is not standard prep). 5 1/2″ CC sideplates are available on the right hand side of this page.

 

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And last but not least, you can also find many many styles of Handlesets. These are pretty popular as well for a front door, maybe not so much for a back door or side door, but the front door it’ll sure make a statement. Most handlesets will only have the above deadbolt to keep the door locked, but if you are wanting added security and have 2 locks you can check out the two point handleset locks.

Don’t forget to check out the keyless locks, which could take place of several of these options.

 

Door Lever for Doors Over 3″ Thick

It’s not overly common for a door to be over standard thickness, which is anywhere from 1 3/4″ up to 2″ thick. Most doors are already prepped this standard thickness and most hardware are made to fit standard prepped doors. This can make it hard for those looking for door hardware to fit over this standard door thickness.

 

For doors over 2″ Standard Thickness:

For those of you that have doors that are thicker than the standard 2″ thickness, check out Emtek. They offer door hardware starting from the standard 1 3/4″ all the way up to 3″ thick! All you have to do is find the door hardware you like and you will be able to select the door thickness you have. We found that it’s becoming more and more common for front doors to be a little thicker than standard, because lot’s of people have great big fancy front doors on their homes.

 

For doors over 3″ Thick:

A door over 3″ thick, is pretty uncommon, but hey… I’m sure there is someone out there looking for some kind of hardware to fit on a really thick door that nobody seems to carry. So if you are looking for any kind of door hardware to fit your door that’s over 3″ thick, we have this special mechanical lever on the site from Lockey just for you!

Lockey Style 2835 Passage Lever Handle

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The Lockey Lever is a mechanical lock and is also available in double combination.

The lever can fit doors from standard thickness all the way up to 5″ thick! I’m thinking not many people (if any) will need a lever to fit a door that is over 5″ thick. I guess you never know.

You can choose from many finishes, such as antique brass, bright brass, satin chrome, satin nickel, jet black, white, bright chrome, oil rubbed bronze and a ‘special finish’ called marine grade.

Easy In and Out Keyless Locks

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel it’s a huge hassle to get in and out of the house – with all the keys that I have to keep track of, my hands are usually full of something or other, and I can seriously tell you that it’s probably the worst part of leaving. It stresses me out! One time I had my hands full of groceries and the key wouldn’t turn in the deadbolt lock and so I had to set everything I had down on my step and I probably worked on trying to open my lock for about 5 minutes straight, and I may or may not have ended up crying about it. The story ends happy though, I got inside. Believe it or not, this post is not about me and my sad story, I have a point to all this. There is a solution to all this if you have ever felt similar to what I feel and felt on that sad day. We don’t have to feel like this when we are trying to open our locks and in a hurry anymore…

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I am talking about Keyless Locks! These have always been awesome in my eyes. Keyless deadbolts, keyless levers and knobs, and keyless handlesets! This is what, in my opinion, everyone needs. They are easy to use, easy to install and seriously so handy to have. You don’t have to worry about keys any longer! And maybe if your like me it would be even better if  you didn’t have to remember to lock the door, from the inside or outside. Well guess what?… There are keyless locks with this option, and automatic locking option. Which means that after you have entered your keypad code, the deadbolt will lock after so many seconds for you! You don’t have to remember to lock the door after you shut it. Let me give you a list of which ones have this automatic locking action.

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This last one is a little bit different than the rest because it has a remote. Yeah, I’m not kidding. This deadbolt looks exactly like the LS-DB500, but it includes a hand held remote that looks like the remotes with the little buttons that go to your car to unlock and lock the doors or pop the trunk or whatever other buttons they have now. This remote wont have a trunk popping option, but it does have lock and unlock buttons that can open your lock from up to 30 feet away. Sweet right?

Keyless locks really do make life so much more simple.

 

 

Sure Loc Electronic Keypad Deadbolt

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This Sure Loc Electronic Keypad Deadbolt is pretty new to the site! Electronic or keyless deadbolts are like a super tool! And if you have tried one, you won’t want to go back to a regular old deadbolt and their silly keys. It’s really nice to just have to remember a simple code and your in! That sounds really nice for me! Especially right now because you have to really pull (in, out, up, down) the door and wiggle the key many times before being able to turn the key with all you might to open the door. It doesn’t make it easy when your arms are full.

About the Keyless Deadbolt:

The Sure Loc Keyless Electronic Deadbolt operates on batteries, four “AA” batteries. It requires no hard wiring! Don’t worry, the batteries for the deadbolt will last quite a long time and there is a warning light and sound to indicate that the batteries are low and will need replacing, so you can be sure not to get locked out! This deadbolt is easy to install and easily replace your regular deadbolt on your standard door! The Sure Loc Keyless Electronic Deadbolt is a single cylinder deadbolt, which means it has a keyed cylinder on the outside of the door (like shown in the picture above, on the left) and a thumbturn on the inside of the door (like shown in the picture above, on the right). There are a few different ways to lock and unlock the door – The most obvious way to unlock would be by using the (4-6 digit) entry code that you programed. And to lock easily when you are leaving, you can activate the automatic lock feature, which allows the door to lock as soon as you shut the door. You can also lock from the inside using the easy to grip thumbturn, or you can lock and unlock the door with a regular key from the outside just like a regular deadbolt.

Keyless Locks – Electronic vs. Mechanical

Keyless locks are great and are actually getting to be more common on residential places. It’s probably because they are so handy and you don’t have to worry about keys! Going keyless can make it really easy for your kids to get into the house when they come home from school or other activities. You don’t have to worry about them being responsible for a key. These are also handy tools for if you are known to lock yourself out of your own house (we’ve all been there, don’t worry) and forgot to hide a spare key somewhere outside. You’ll just have to remember a simple code and your in!

 

What’s the Difference Between Electronic and Mechanical?

 

The easiest explanation of each type is that Electronic locks are battery operated and often have a light up keypad, where as Mechanical locks do not require batteries or power of any kind.

 

What are the Pros and Cons?

 

Now, I don’t have either of these fine gadgets on my own home, but I was able to stay in a few condos over the summer (my husband travels a lot for work, and I get to go with him sometimes) and I was able to try out both the electronic deadbolt and mechanical deadbolt depending on the condo we stayed in. So I can tell you what I liked and disliked about each. I found them both way way a million times better than using a plain old school key and that’s the biggest pro of all. But digging a bit deeper…

Our first experience was that of the the Electronic style. It was a dream. So easy to use. We got there really late at night, so it was dark and the keypad lit right up so we could easily punch in the code and entered the lovely condo. It also had a way nice lock button, so when you shut your door to leave, all you had to do was simply push the button and it locked like magic. Again, no silly key! I know that some electronic locks can lock automatically after you shut the door, but this one you had to hit the button to lock, or it stayed unlocked. Now I can’t remember for sure, but it looked an awful lot like this Kwikset electronic deadbolt. The only con I can come up with for this one was that by the end of our one of many trips to this place, the lock was starting to sound really funny. Kinda like it was dying. When we came back on our next visit I got to chatting with the owner of that particular condo and she told me that a guest was locked out because the batteries had died. I don’t know about you, but that’s sorta a scary nightmare! I guess it would be a good idea to hide a spare key (because the keyless deadbolts still have an option for key access) outside in case this happens.

On another one of our visits we were able to use the mechanical style lock similar to this style from Lockey. Again we got there really late at night and it was dark dark dark. Mechanical locks don’t use any kind of power or battery remember? So there was no light up keypad to easily enter the code. We had to use our phones as a flashlight to enter in the dark. No big deal, but the light up keypad is a really nice feature to have. This lock worked really smooth. And how cool is it that it doesn’t use any batteries or power? You will never have to worry about the battery dying on you, which is a huge pro! One thing we really disliked when entering the condo was after you enter the code you have to twist the knob on the deadbolt and hold it and use your other hand to turn your handle (or in this case it was a thumb lever like you would see on a handleset) to get inside. If you don’t hold the knob on the deadbolt before you let go and try to turn your handle it will automatically lock again, then you will have to re-enter the code and try again. A little frustrating. I’m not sure if all the mechanical locks are this way or not, so keep that in mind.

 

Electronic Pros:

  • Easy to use and easily installed.
  • Provide multiple codes of your choice and can be added or deleted whenever you wish.
  • Keypad lights up by touch to make it easy to enter your codes in the dark
  • Come in many many finishes and designs

Electronic Cons:

  • Batteries may die on you

 

Mechanical Pros:

  • Smooth working
  • Easy to use and easy to install
  • Easy to change codes and change as often as needed
  • No batteries
  • Mechanical Reliability
  • Heavy duty

Mechanical Cons:

  • No light up keypad

 

What’s New To Emtek?

Emtek is often coming out with new items of hardware. Everyone like something shiny and new! Like new styles of cabinet hardware, new styles of handlesets, the new CF Mechanism and the EMTouch series were really exciting and unique right? We haven’t had the chance to introduce the new modern brass bath hardware Emtek came out with. This isn’t one of their newest items, but these are way too good looking not to share.

 

You can choose from the following items:

  • Emtek Modern Brass 18″ Towel Bar
  • Emtek Modern Brass 24″ Towel Bar
  • Emtek Modern Brass 30″ Towel Bar

These are all available with either a Disk, Neos, or Square Rosette and available in oil rubbed bronze, satin nickel, flat black or polished chrome finishes.

 

Davos Stainless Steel Handleset

Give us a call if you would like to order these in the Stainless Steel finish. We hope to get these on the site soon!

  • Emtek Sandcast Bronze Keypad Entryset

Remember the Emtek Sandcast Bronze Electronic Keypad Deadbolt and Keyless Leverset? Now you can get this all in a Handleset with the Emtek Sandcast Bronze Keypad Entryset.

Deep Burgundy, Flat Black, Medium Bronze, Silver Patina are the finishes you can choose from for this handleset and there are many knobs or levers to pick from too.

 

  • The Emtek Rustic Modern Collection is fantastic!

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Emtek Logan

Emtek Brighton

And the two Mortise Rustic Modern Handlesets

Emtek Sonoma Mortise Handleset

Emtek Longmont Mortise Handleset

Ridgmont Deadbolt

*All Rustic series is available in either the Flat Black or Medium Bronze finishes.

Rustic Modern Knobs:

Sandcast Bronze Round knob, Sandcast Bronze Bristol Crystal Knob, Sandcast Bronze Hampton Crystal Knob are all available with either the #1, #2, #3, #4, #6 rosettes and available in a medium bronze or flat black finish.

Rustic Modern Levers:

The Emtek Rustic Modern Lariat and Yuma Levers are also available with any of the 5 rosettes and choose either the medium bronze or flat black finish.

  • Brass Designer Leverset and Classic Knob

Check out the Coventry Lever or the Norwich knob – each are available in 6 finishes and choose from several rosettes.

  • New Cabinet Hardware

Curvilinear Cabinet Hardware Collection

NEW FINISH! Polished Nickel

 

  • The New Emtek Modern Push and Pull Plates

*Available in 4 finishes

 

Ask us about any of these, we are here to help!

Baldwin’s Different Series:

We carry 3 different series from Baldwin on our site right now, Prestige, Reserve and Estate, all very different. So, what is the difference?

 

Baldwin Prestige Series:

The Prestige Series is on the lower end collection, quality wise. You can probably find this series at your local hardware store such as Home Depot or Lowes. If you are familiar to Kwikset, this series is comparable to that, what with hollow knobs and levers made of zinc. The entrance and privacy have thumbturns on the interiors to lock and unlock manually. The Handlesets are all sold as a package set including the exterior handleset and matching interior trim.

 

Baldwin Reserve Series:

The Reserve series Baldwin offers is a much higher end quality made of solid brass. And all items are assembled per order and can take about 4 weeks before they are shipped, which is kind of a bummer, but if you are in no hurry, it’s a great purchase. This series really is a nice quality hardware – comparable to Emtek, if you are familiar with Emtek brand.

How it works is step by step you choose the rosette finish yadda-yadda-yadda, and if it’s a handleset you choose the rosette as well as the interior knob/lever and the finish and whatever else. The Privacy locks include the pin lock on the rosette (rather than a push/turn button on the door knob/lever like most hardware) and the entrance will have a thumbturn on the inside on the door knob for locking and unlocking.  The backsets are adjustable, which makes it SO much easier and one less thing to have to measure.

 

Baldwin Estate Series:

Baldwin Estate Series is completely customizable, meaning you can order whatever door knob with whatever rosette in whatever finish or in a split finish if you want, with different door knob/lever on each side- pretty much however you want it, this series can get it. They do have a few preconfigured sets, but mostly you just buy part by part and build the set exactly how you want. Although, this series can get a bit pricy, but again, this is good quality stuff.

Any of the door knobs or door levers can be made into sideplates, multi point locks, rim locks, keyless locks, and mortise locks. Pocket door mortise locks are also found from the Estate Series. There are so many variations of latches, faceplates, and even door prep. Also, the Baldwin Estate series have concealed screws to make them look even better. There are over 17 different finishes and a ton of knobs, levers, and rosettes to choose from, so you can imagine the possibilities.

 

 

 

LockState Resort Locks:

The LockState Resort Locks are mainly for a land and/or building, unit, or room that you have available for rent. These locks help give you control and you won’t have to issue keys or codes that are permanent, and you don’t have to worry about monthly fees – the LockState Resort locks are at an affordable cost!

The LockState Resort Locks allow you as a property owner to provide your guests, contractors, cleaners, ect. with temporary access codes. These codes can start and end whenever you feel it’s necessary. You set the time for the lock to auto lock or auto unlock daily or you can set it for a one time use.  Resort Locks include daylight savings mode to adjust for daylight savings time and a lockout functionality. Plus the codes are unlimited over a year.

You will find that there are a few styles/designs in the Lockstate Resort Lock Section.  There are some heavy duty resort locks such as the RL4000, mortise (RL2000M), or maybe more basic like the RL2000. All of these have similar features, but some may include a few more features and are just have a little more heavy duty construction than the other. If you have a front door that is exposed to all weather conditions you will want to go with the RL4000. The RL2000M is a mortise, which may or may not work for you – it also has some weather resistance, but if you are going for full weather resistance, you will want the RL4000 – it’s the heaviest duty resort lock we carry on the site. LockState Resort Locks include other features such as, a lighted keypad for when your guests are entering or exiting at night, the more heavy duty locks are totally weather resistant, and these are available in Silver or Brass finishes.

Deadbolt Types:

Deadbolts are a must have to securely lock any exterior door. Deadbolts are key to keeping your mind at ease if away from your home or office, and are very important for any business for maintaining security. There are 4 main types of deadbolts, each different depending on the application or preference.

Single Cylinder are the most common, as they would work on any application and are the most affordable. Single Cylinder deadbolts require a key to unlock and lock the door. And the door can also be unlock and locked with a simple turn of the thumbturn from the inside.

 

Double Cylinder deadbolts have keyed cylinders on both sides of the door, which requires a key to unlock and lock from both sides of the door. These are not recommended for just any door, because if there was an emergency you would need your key handy before being able to unlock the door to escape. This style is mainly used on doors that are part glass. It’s a comfort for people to know that if an intruder were to break the glass, they would need a key to unlock the deadbolt.

Single Sided deadbolts are often confused with the single cylinder, but they are completely different. Single sided deadbolts have only a thumb turn on the inside of the door and is blank on the outside of the door. These require special prepping for the door, where the bore hole is not drilled all the way through the door, but only half of the door. If your door already has a bore hole completely through the door, then this style will not work on that door.

Keyless Electronic/Mechanical Deadbolts are the fancy deadbolts that have the electronic keypad, so all you have to do is remember the code to punch in an unlock the door. These are battery operated, and lots have the light up key pad. Keyless do not require a key to enter, but they have an available keyed cylinder if you wish to use that. You don’t have to remember your keys to get inside your home, office or business! Just program a code or several if you need, so easy! Mechanical Deadbolts are pretty much the same thing as the keyless electronic. They have a keypad to punch in a simple code to enter. The only difference is that mechanical do not require batteries or power to operate.