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Having a home is a most cherished goal of anyone as we all look forward to going home to a place where we can have the comforts of living with our family and, therefore, we see to it that part of that comfort living is having a safe and secure place. Because one’s home is a huge investment and a homeowner’s responsibility is to keep his home in good condition, safe and secure, part of his investment for his home must include for a lock installation procedure to all doors in his home.

Choosing for the right lock for one’s house door is the first big step in ensuring for security in one’s home and, therefore, the homeowner must conduct his own research, consult with professional locksmiths to find out which locks are suitable for all his house doors. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recommends Grade 1 Locks for exterior doors, known as deadbolt locks, due to the fact that they can withstand by as much as10 strikes against the door and has a longer shelf-life than other door locks. Usually, locksmiths would prefer either of these two main types of bolts: deadbolts or latch bolts.

Aside from a drill tool, a hole saw for boring holes into the door will be required to install a deadbolt lock for exterior doors, such that the size of the hole saw which will be used must be according to the size of the bolt lock that will be installed. Because deadbolts are not spring-loaded nor bevelled, one must operate them manually to lock the doors, while the latch bolts are both spring-loaded and bevelled and help bolts be extended with these features. When it comes to the distance of extension of the bolts, the deadbolt has a longer bolt extension of 1 inch to the strike plate compared to a latch bolt which can extend to just about 1/2 inch, which makes the deadbolt more useful for situations when brute force is used against the door as it is more resistant to force due to its extension span.

Since a deadbolt or latch bolt has a strike plate with it, secure a good, high grade type of plate with longer screws so that the bolt is deeply embedded into the door. It is also important to choose additional features in your chosen locks, one that is either anti-drill locks or with saw resistant bolts. Saw resistant bolts are deadbolts that are installed with anti-saw pins, which can spin back and forth through the entire length of the saw blade, thus making it hard to saw the deadbolt, while anti-drill locks are those where hardened steel chips are placed within the casing of the lock preventing any drilling to take place with the purpose of damaging the lock.

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