Schlage Survey – Locked Out

I came across this post that came from’s News and Events page called, Locked Out In St. Louis. It says, “In St. Louis, many residents are getting locked out of their homes and they’re also out of luck when it comes to finding a hidden emergency key to get in, according to a new “Key Hiding Habits” [The “Key Hiding Habits” public opinion survey was conducted by Russell Research an independent survey research firm, on behalf of Schlage.] survey of local residents.” The survey shows the percentage of people in St. Louis that get locked out in one year and also how many times per year, and a few funny surveys like men vs. women – who holds more keys, who’s more likely to hold a mystery key and where the traditional hiding spot of the spare key would be. I have to admit I laughed a little through the men vs. women surveys.

Getting locked out of the house happens more than one might think. According to the survey, over the past 12 months, 1/4 of those polled have been locked out at lease one time, 12 percent have been locked out twice and 9 percent have been locked out over 5 times! It says that some of the home owners hide an emergency key around the house to prevent this, but out of those that do, 20 percent indicated they forgot where they had hidden the key – and that could lead to another lock out situation.

“A Lost Key can be a real problem for homeowners, especially if they have children who need to gain entrance to the home after school or activities, or if homeowners need to provide access to anyone else while they’re not home,” said Chris DeSchamp, Schlage Portfolio Leader, Electronic Security. “instead of hiding a key and hoping it can be found, a safe easy solution is to upgrade to an electronic keypad lock. It can be installed in just minutes and solves security headaches for families.”

This next part of the survey is the percentage of people and where they find their lost keys. 58 percent of women most often find the lost keys in their purse. I am guilty of this, and it’s been more than once for sure. Can you guess where the men most likely find missing keys? 18 percent –  in their pocket, 17 percent – in a drawer, and 15 percent – in their car.

Men vs. Women:

On an average, men carry more keys than women. Almost all respondents say they carry multiple keys.

1/5 of the respondents carry at least one key they don’t even use. Men were more likely than women to carry the useless mystery key.

Where do you think most people would hide their emergency key when growing up? 1/2 of respondents remember the hidden spare key and where they hid it. Most often were hidden under a flowerpot, doormat, bush or inside a fake rock. A good side note to all of you would be not to use any of these hiding spots.



Home Security – What You Should Know

It’s important to know how to enforce home security to prevent break ins and burglaries. There are steps you can take to make sure your home is safe and eliminate the chance of someone intruding.

You may have already read about things your burglar won’t tell you bouncing around the web. If you haven’t yet, it’s a list of things a consultant, who hosts the Crime Doctor Website, and a professor, who interviewed a bunch of burglars for his book, put together. It actually gave me a little bit of an uneasy feeling after reading the list. Knowing all the things that burglars look for before invading is good to know, but like I said before, not exactly comforting. So If we make sure and do these things I think it can up our chances of home security and maybe helping (a little) by putting our minds more at ease.

Things burglars don’t want you to know:

  • If you have nice taste outside, it most likely means you have nice taste inside.
  • Signs that you aren’t home: piled up newspapers, mail or flyers on the front door. If it snows while you are out of town, it might be a good idea to have a neighbor make some tracks around the house, so virgin snow drifts don’t give away the fact that you aren’t home.
  • Don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where a burglar can see if it’s set or not. A good security company will alarm the window over the sink and the windows over the second floor, where the master bedroom is.
  • Don’t ever forget to lock your front door, lots of times a burglar will try that first and lots of times they can walk right in.
  • Some burglars knock at your front door to see if you are home. If you are, they might ask for directions or offer to help in the yard. They may even carry a clipboard or carry a rake like a lawn guy to make sure and never look like a crook
  • Don’t hide your valuables in drawers or a safe that’s not secured to the floor.
  • A loud TV or radio can sometimes be as good as or better than a fancy alarm system. They have devices you can buy now that work on a timer and simulate the flickering glow of a real TV.
  • Burglars don’t like dogs.
  • Breaking a window, even if it’s a little noisy, is no big deal to them because even if your neighbor does here it, he will probably stop and listen to see if he can hear it again, and if he doesn’t he will just go back to whatever he was doing.
  • Make sure and use your alarm system. What’s the point of paying for it if you don’t set it?
  • Avoid announcing your vacations on Facebook, because it’s easy to look up your address.
  • Never leave a window open, even if it’s just a cracks

Things You Can Do to Ensure Home Security:

  • Lock your door, always. – 51% of break-ins occur during daylight. 49% occur after dark. 8,600 break-ins a day. 1 every 13 seconds.
  • Every exterior door (even the garage door to the inside of the house) needs a deadbolt with a full 1″ throwbolt. They should also be solid
  • Good exterior lighting around the house will prevent intruders. 40-watt bulbs on the porches should do the trick. Trimming the bushes should help too.
  • Double cylinder deadbolts are good for doors with glass an arms length away will help, because they will need to the key to unlock from the inside.
  • Sliding doors, when installed can easily be lifted out of place if not careful. Adjust screws in the door track to limit clearance. And make sure and add a broom stick or something similar in the track so the sliding door isn’t easily opened.
  • When out of town, take extra steps to have the appearance that you are still home. Automatic devices, like the flickering TV, or timers to turn on different lights at different times. Have trusting neighbors pick up your mail and newspapers, maybe even have them use your garbage cans. During the winter have them make tracks or have the snow shoveled.
  • Start a  neighborhood watch.
  • Make sure to hide our “spare key” well or not at all. Under the mat or above the door jamb is not good.
  • If something does happen, you would want the police’s help asap right? Make sure your house numbers are nice and big so they are visible maybe even reflective. Help others by reporting strangers running through private yards.
  • Don’t make it easy for a burglar to rob you. Hide your valuables or lock them in a safe that’s bolted down. Engrave your valuables with “this property is stolen from…” and include your divers license number. Don’t make it tempting for a robber when you have your empty TV box sitting in the driveway. Be careful, you don’t know who’s watching.


Sources:, 10 Things you must know about home security. Reader’s Digest, 13+ Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You, Author: Michelle Crouch from Reader’s Digest, September 2009. Richard T. Wright, criminology professor at the University of Missouri- St. Louis – Book: Burglars on the Job. Chris McGoey, host of



Door Closers:

What is a door closer?

Door closers are what you see on doors of almost any building. It’s what makes a door close behind you safely after entering a restaurant, restroom, or any room pretty much in a public building. It’s something so simple, but also such a great and helpful tool.

What do you need to know about door closers?

When looking for door closers it’s important to know that each door closer may be specifically designed for different applications. These each may be made for different purposes such as, matching the door closer with different door dimensions and it would be a good idea to figure out about how many people will be using the door. You can choose door closers that are more lightweight or more heavy duty or that are made from different metals like aluminum, bronze, and brass. There are also different design options like for example some are more obvious and some may be more hidden.

When doors are used a lot, it would be good to install a heavy duty door closer for the application with an ANSI grade one (which basically means its the highest grade, or most heavy duty grade rated by the ANSI agency). More use means it needs to be more heavy duty to stand up to the abuse.

Another thing is to make sure that the door closer is ADA compliant, which stands for The Americans with Disabilities Act and this law provides requirements and rules to make it safe and easy for the elderly and people with disabilities. Door closers need to meet ADA requirements of strength and size. To be ADA compliant, an interior door can not open with an opening force of more than 5 pounds. So it’s good for the door closers to have less pressure to make it easier for anyone to open and close doors.

For fire exit doors, looking under UL listed hardware would be the best. UL listed door closers are tested and meet safety requirements in case of fire. In other words it will maintain its integrity longer. Most buildings usually require UL listed for a 3 hour fire. And it may be a good thing to look into getting door closers with electric sensors to make sure the doors open permanently if needed. It’s absolutely necessary to the NFPA 101 life safety code when ordering for fire doors.


 For more information on door closers go here.

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.




Door Knob History

What is the history of door knobs? My understanding is that the door hardware was something more of a latch in the beginning rather than a round door knob, made of wood and involved strings. Then came to pass, the round style (made of metal and glass) around the mid 1800s – which may have looked and worked similar to the metal door knob shown below that I blogged about earlier. It was attached to the Old Mission House (oldest standing building in Idaho).

The main body of the metal knobs was made of iron or steel, and covered entirely or party with a veneer of bronze or brass. Then during the last half of the nineteenth century, the spindle method patents were issued – to attach metal knobs to lock and adding design to it as well.

Glass knobs, called pressed and cut glass knobs, were popular from 1826-1910. Wooden door knobs were introduced in the late 1800s and pretty much phased out by 1910 or so. But I have heard of a place somewhere that still makes wood door knobs today. Ceramic knobs (China knobs) were imported from France and England up until the mid-1800s and then the U.S. started making door knobs out of potters clay.

Also in the early 1900s came the popular Victorian knobs (antique door knobs) made of cast bronze with all the fancy decorations you can imagine. Later, adding the ball bearings in the shanks for operating a little more smoothly and reducing friction. Other popular material included bronze and porcelain hardware (which you also see today).

And today you will see lots of the similar styles listed above, maybe just a little more spruced up with push button/electronic/keypad locks, more designs, and an even more smooth operation.

Check out the door knobs through the years:

1. door latch/2. metal/3. glass/4. wood/ 5. victorian/ 6. porcelain/ 7. today’s




Double Cylinder Door Knobs:

Double Cylinder door knobs, now we have all heard of double cylinder deadbolts, but what is a double cylinder door knob? A double cylinder door knob is a door knob that is keyed on both sides of the door, or in a place where the door that needs the option of locking on either side of the door. These door knobs are not very common at all that’s for sure. I was surprised to find that there is a need for them at times. I remember being asked two or three times if we had such a thing and at the time I didn’t know of anything like it, well except the Asylum lever locks. But with the Asylum levers it may limit the options of use a little because the levers on either side are inoperable (they generally use these on adjoining hotel suites and things like that). But we have found that the double cylinder door knobs do indeed exist. They are in the commercial door hardware section, because you most likely won’t find these on residential homes.

The double cylinder door knob we have on the site now is from EZSet, the EA Grade. It’s made for all the commercial kind of buildings like for an office, school, hospital, apartment, hotel, motel and all those other public buildings that get a lot of use. This lock is UL Listed and you can use it on any door that needs to be able to lock from both sides of the door. It’s not forced to lock like the Asylum function, but maybe that’s what you are looking for – an option to lock.

There are more door knobs with the double cylinder option from other brands that are not yet on the site like from Schlage and a few others may be able to make one up, so please contact us if that’s what you are looking for!


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.

Dummy Knobs:

Dummy door knobs and levers are often confused with the other function called passage. It’s mostly when someone is looking for a passage door knob which is a door knob or lever with no lock but it has a mechanism and it does function, and they mistakenly order a double or single dummy. Dummy door knobs and levers are non functioning and are mounted straight to the door. Most of these can not have a bore hole in the door or it will not work (the Sure-Loc Juneau Dummy lever set at one time did require a bore hole and it basically installed just like a regular passage but it didn’t have the mechanism to hold the door in place. I don’t know for sure, but maybe you can still find dummy sets still out there like that). So let me start again, most likely when you order a dummy or a dummy set (double dummy) they are mounted to the door, which means you most likely can’t have a hole or you won’t have any way of screwing the door knob onto the door.

What types of dummies are there?

Single Dummy:

A single dummy is one single non functioning door knob or lever that is mounted to the front of the door. Remember these will not mount to door that have a bore hole.

Double Dummy:

A double dummy set comes with two non functioning door knobs/levers. These are great to purchase if you have double closet doors (which are very popular) where all you do is pull them open. You can mount each door knob on the front of each door. Or you can mount these back to back if you want door knobs on both sides of a door, the Sure-Loc door knobs and levers require a spindle for it to be possible to mount them back to back, available upon request.

interconnect locks

Interconnect (also known as emergency egress) locks are offered all over the site. Interconnect lock’s interior mechanism, like shown above, makes it possible when turning the knob/lever below will release the lock on the deadbolt above and making it a quick and easy exit. This interconnect device option is only available with the single cylinder, not the double cylinder, as the double cylinder requires a key to unlock from both sides. If you are looking in the handleset section,  you want to look for the handlesets that have a full back plate and you can see that the deadbolt and handle are sharing the plate (see image below), all of the Emtek handlesets with the full back plate have an interconnect device option and you will just have to mark the box if you want the feature. There are also Baldwin handlesets with this interconnect feature.

A handleset that has a separate deadbolt from the handle, like shown above on the right, can not include this feature.To make it easier to search for interconnect handlesets, click on the Emergency Egress/Interconnect button under the handle sets category at the top. It will give list all of the handlesets with the interconnect mechanism.

You can also find the interconnect feature with some of the sideplates. All of the Emtek 5 1/2″ CC Sideplates have the interconnect device option if you are ordering the single cylinder (not double cylinder) if you choose to select it when ordering. Interconnect devices are not available for the Emtek 3 5/8″ CC sideplates.

Looking for commercial grade for with this feature? Under commercial hardware there is a list of categories to the left and you can “narrow by style” by clicking interconnected locks. You can scroll down through all the interconnected locks and find what will work for your application! Now when looking through the commercial interconnect devices after looking for a full plate under the handleset category, you might think that some of these aren’t right because the deadbolt is separated from the lever. It looks that way on the exterior part of the lockset, but all of the commercial interconnect locks have a full plate on the inside of the door and the mechanism works the same.

The interconnect locks or emergency egress locks make exiting so much more simple all you need is one hand. It’s a good feature to have for commercial applications especially in case of an emergency.

All About Sideplates

We did already introduce the side plates on this blog before, but it wasn’t in great detail like I am about to do here in this post. They are super classy and some are super fancy. They kind of remind me of the antique hardware that you find on really old doors, you know with the skeleton keys?

A side plate is basically a large back plate with a knob/lever and added deadbolt for an exterior door or it can be a blank plate with just the knob/lever as a privacy or a passage function for the interior doors. Side plates come in all kinds of designs and each side plate comes with a huge selection of interior knob or lever handles to choose from. So that means the options are pretty much endless.

I forgot to mention these are Emtek side plates. Anyway, Emtek side plates are offered with 3 5/8″ CC or a 5 1/2″ CC (CC – meaning center to center measurement from bore hole to bore hole). 5 1/2″ CC is more the standard prep for a door (read more about standard prep here). We have it divided down the middle, one side being 3 5/8″ CC Sideplates and one side beind 5 1/2″ CC sideplates, (see circled in yellow below).

So you have your pick between 2 different kinds of door preps, but then you also have a choice between keyed or non keyed side plates. Keyed being a side plate with a deadbolt, and there is a dummy keyed function as an option too. Non keyed is a big plate with no deadbolt with an option of privacy, passage or dummy functions.

There really is almost no end to the choices of mixing and matching all the door knobs and levers and back plate styles and then there are the finish options! These Emtek side plates can go anywhere in the home with anything!