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Sliding Door Lock and Sliding Window Lock for Security and Child Safety

by Barbara 2. January 2012 10:42

Question about how to install a sliding door lock on my interior closet doors, my exterior slider windows and my patio sliding door.

Q: "I do not want to install window guards on my windows but I do want to get some ventilation during the winter months here in Florida. We are on the Atlantic side and the breezes are great right now (January). I am concerned about security on the patio door. and downstairs windows. For the upstairs windows, I am concerned more about child safety when grandkids visit. What do you suggest? Thanks. Julie."

Answer: The Cardinal Gates Patio Door Lock comes only in white. the Patio Door Guardian allows you to lock the door with a 3" gap for ventilation. Use on right and left handed sliding doors. Recognized as "one of the best new child safety products" by the National Safe Kids Campaign in Washington, D.C., the Patio Door Guardian works double duty as both a security device and as a childproofing lock.  This unit has a 2 position spring loaded lock with a left and right stop. The keeper plates allows for a 3 inch ventilation gap without minimizing security. This fits most sliding doors and most windows that are vinyl, aluminum or wood. The questions and answers below should help you make your decision.

A new option for sliding doors is the Cardinal Gate Lock-N-Block Sliding Door Gate This gate requires some minor assembly.

Assembly Instructions

  • Choose appropriate screw-in clamps for your door. Screw clamps into gate. These clips will fasten to your open sliding glass door.
  • Screw the stabilized pads into the opposite side of gate. These fit into C-channel of the door frame.
  • Attach gate to open door with clamps, fitting gate into door jamb. Close door to lock in gate.
  • Screw door stop to sliding track to secure sliding door.

Gate Operation:

  • Push red safety button and lift handle 90 degrees upward.
  • Pull gate to open.
  • Close gate and lower handle back to original position.
  • Gate will click when locked.

Gate Dimensions :

  • Gate width is 24"
  • Height 30.5"
  • Thickness: 1"
  • Bar Spacing 1 7/8"
  • Fits all standard sliding doors 1" and 1.5" thick

Lock and Block Sliding Glass Door Gate Features :

  • Patent Pending! Only sliding glass door gate available on the market today!
  • Securely clamps onto the functional panel of a sliding panel door.
  • Helps reduce the risk of injury to your infant or pet, as well as damage to your sliding screen door.
  • Safety gate swings open in both directions, allowing easy entering and existing.
  • Use gate and screen door simultaneously
  • Steel construction
  • Gate swings open in both directions
  • 1 year manufacturer against warranty defects.
  • Gives visibility to sliding doors so child does not run into the sliding door.
  • Along with parent supervision, parents can feel comfortable leaving the sliding door open allowing the fresh air to circulate.
  • Can also be used as a pet gate.
  • Color: White gate with gray hardware.


Questions and Answers:

  •  Will the Patio Door Guardian work on all Patio Doors? This lock is designed to work on all inside sliding Patio Doors.
  •  Will the Patio Door Guardian secure my Patio Door from intruders?This lock is designed to keep your patio door closed and though it does have security benefits it does not lock with a key. It will deter intruders as significant force would have to be used to penetrate the door.
  •  When I mount the Patio Door Guardian to my patio door, how do I determine where to put the screws? You must mount the screws away from the edge of the glass on the sliding door, so you do not break the glass. Do not rely only on the location of mounting plate holes provided with your Patio Door Guardian instructions. Hold the lock up to the desired height and mark your mounting holes away from the glass edge of the door.

I would look at other options for sliding closet doors unless your doors are solid and white. One option would be the Window Guardian Window Stoppers, 4/BOX which are removable suction cups that can stop sliding closet doors as well as windows to keep kids out. These would have to placed in at least two places per door to keep the door from sliding.

Thank you for your question.

Sincerely, Barbara

NextBolt Keyless Biometric Deadbolt Locks for Home Security and Business Security.

by Barbara 15. October 2011 05:22

Question about whether to buy the NextBolt NX3 EZ-Mount Biometric Deadbolt Lock, Oil Rubbed Bronze, NextBolt Biometric Deadbolt NX4 Secure Mount Oil Rubbed Bronze or the NextBolt NX5 High Security Polished Brass Deadbolt.

Q: "Which Actuator Systems deadbolt lock should I buy for my home and for my business? I don't see Bioaxxis locks for sale anymore. These fingerprint dealbolts appear similar. I want a replacement for my front door deadbolt at home. That way my wife, my children and I won't have to bother with carrying keys.  I prefer the oil rubbed bronzoe. And with many new employees, I would like to do away with giving out keys at my business.  Please help me decide. Thanks. Tom."

Answer; The best way to help you decide is to tell you the differences between the three types of deadbolt locks that use keyless fingerprint recognition technology. I will also explain about the lever handle door lock that Actuator Systems makes for higher security.

NextBolt NX3 EZ-Mount Biometric Deadbolt Lock, Oil Rubbed Bronze, The fastest, easiest substitute deadbolt lock for your home outside doors. This units operates in temperatures from -30 Degrees F to =150 Degrees F.

  • Direct replacement for current deadbolt lock. Just remove the old one and install this one.
  • Five-pin tumbler rekeyable keyway
  • 99 maximum users
  • Dimensions ( L x W x D )  6'' x 3'' x 1.4''
  • Operates for thousands of openings on one set of 4 AA batteries.

NextBolt Biometric Deadbolt NX4 Secure Mount Oil Rubbed Bronze : Operation temperatures: -30 Degrees F to =150 Degrees F.

  • Secure mount: two screws go through two holes connecting the front and back plates of the lock: Requires a drill to make holes in door.
  • Other wise, same features as above.

NextBolt NX5 High Security Polished Brass Deadbolt: Operation temperatures: -30 Degrees F to =150 Degrees F.

  • Eight-pin tumbler re-keyable key way 
  • Other wise, same features as above.

Features Common to All Three Deadbolt Locks:

  • Deadbolt opens in less than a second
  • Impact Alarm:a high-pitched alarm sounds if intruder attempts to enter. Product Warranty Period - Two (2) Years
  • Includes three nickel plated brass keys
  • Solid brass cylinder plug
  • One inch brass deadbolt with case-hardened steel roller pin
  • 2 3/8'' (60mm) & 2 3/4'' (70mm); 2 3/8'' (60mm) or 2 3/4'' (70mm) individual backset optional
  • ANSI Grade deadbolt
  • Weatherproof - Fully resistant to rain, snow, temperature extremes, humidity, UV and dust.
  • Up to 99 users.
  • Add and delete users individually
  • Elegant and contemporary appearance.
  • Non-Handed - will fit any left or right handed door up to 2 ¼” thick.
  • Sliding weather cover triggers sensor to power on automatically.
  • Sliding weather cover also triggers deadbolt to re-engage (no tricky buttons to push or PIN Codes to recall).
  • Power: 4 AA batteries
  • Battery operation with low battery alert - non-volatile memory will not delete stored fingerprints (even if batteries expire)
  • UL, CE, ANSI & FCC approved.
  • Product Warranty Period - Two (2) Years

The lever handle door lock is more sophisticated. The ReliTouch RT-201SC Biometric and PIN Handle Lock Satin Chrome features fingerprint lock technology, User ID, PIN technology and key technology. This commercial type lock has been tested for over two million cycles. Use with fingerprint only or with PIN only or with a combination of two identification types. Depending upon how many employees you have, this might be a great solution for your front and back doors to your business. The other deadbolt locks would limit access not only to your home but also to a computer room, your private office, a storage room, etc.  Many people use the NX3 for gun closet security.

ReliTouch RT-201SC Biometric and PIN Handle Lock Satin Chrome Features and Specifications :Operating Temperature Range : -40F to 150 F

  • 3rd Generation Biometric Lock for Residential/Commercial applications
  • Finish : Satin Chrome
  • Fingerprint Scanning : CMOS Optical Sensor or Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor Sensor.
  • Verification Type :1 to N (PIN or fingerprint only), 1 to 1 (User ID + FP or PIN), Scanning Time : <1 second
  • Recognition Time : <1 second/user
  • False Accept Rate (FAR): < .001%
  • False Reject Rate (FRR): < .01%
  • Dimensions : 1.5" D x 3" W x 9.5" L
  • Weight : 11 lbs
  • Door Thickness : 1 1/2" ~ 2"
  • Cylinder : Removable commercial grade 6-pin rim cylinder
  • Keyway : SC4 keyway (3 keys included)
  • Clutch Design : Free-wheeling
  • Backlight : Night view backlit PIN keypad for easy use
  • Access Time : 5 seconds access time before door re-locks
  • Adjustable Backset : 2 3/8 inches and 2 3/4 inches
  • Operating Temperature Range : -40F to 150 F
  • 100% Weatherproof : This lock can be placed in adverse weather without the fear of damage caused by moisture, snow, dust, UV, or humidity
  • Power Supply : Four (4) AA batteries to operate. Lithium-AA batteries are recommended for longest life.
  • Estimated battery life is 12,000 to 21,000 cycles
  • Has Low battery alert
  • Power Supply Option : Lock can also be hardwired to run full-time on AC by standard 12V DC power supply
  • Non-volatile memory :  When batteries are removed or replaced, memory will not be lost, meaning users need not be re-enrolled.
  • Impact Alarm Feature : A screeching alarm will sound, If lock is attacked and loses contact with the door  Non-handed design,
  • Heavy Duty components : Rated to over 2 Million cycles
  • UL-Listed, ANSI Grade 2 tubular latch with 3-hour UL fire-rating
  • ADA and HIPAA compliant
  • User: Up to 1,000 PIN code users (any PIN-code length per user), or up to 1,000 fingerprint users
  • Each user can be set up with any of several access methods, per user, per lock
  • Easy to delete or register individual users
  • Access Modes : Fast Touch and Go 1:N Mode (1 to Many),  High-Security Access (1:1), User ID+PIN,   User ID+Fingerprint,  PIN only
  • Access Control features : Open Mode, Timed Lock Access, Timed User Access, Import Records, Export Records
  • Two program methods: at the lock using the LCD or at a PC using the PCMU (not included)
  • Optional PC Management Upgrade lets you program all locks and all users at a PC with a high resolution fingerprint scanner (not included) so One (1) GB flashdrive can be used to program all the lockds and download audit trail records so you know where, when and who accessed the door or building.
  • Warranty: 2 Years.

Thank you for your question. Unless you are in a very dangerous neighborhood, either the Nextbolt NX4 o4 NX3 would be great choices. These come in satin nickel, oil rubbed brass or polished brass, For your office situation, you may want to install either of these locks on interior room doors where you want access limited. For the building doors of your business, either the NX4 or the NX5 is a great choice. If you have many employees or contractors, have valuable data and/or materials  and want more control, then choose the ReliTouch RT-201SC Biometric and PIN Handle Lock Satin Chrome. Models in other finishes should be available in the near future.

Sincerely, Barbara

 

Window Stops Fit Inside Window Frame or On Windows or Sliding Doors to Limit Opening

by Barbara 18. April 2011 10:44

Question about options to window guards.

Q: "We have a cottage. Our windows are single hung and sliders. We want to keep windows open for ventilation without the expense of window guards. What window stops do you suggest that don't require hiring a handyman? Thanks. Bethany."

Answer: Safe Home sells 4 different types of window stops. The Window Guardian Super Stopper, The Window Wedge, The Window Warden and the Window Guardian Lock. The best choices still are window guards. The John Sterling Window Guards can be locked with a removable lock and swing open for cleaning windows. These are not expensive but would require a handy man type person if you cannot do the installation itself. The Guardian Angel window guards are much easier to install. They are not lockable but do remove completely from the window mounts.

Window Guardian Super Stopper The fastest and easiest to install is the Window Guardian or Super Stopper window stop. This home safety device combines a 2.75 inch flexible suction cup with a unique shaped wedge (1.25 inch x 2 inch). Clean the window. Open the window 4 inches or less. Suction cup on the stops on either side of the single hung window lock mechanism or along the sides of the sliders (as high as you can). These are also great to limit sliding door openings if you have children you want to keep inside the house.

Window Wedge: The next easiest to install is the Window Wedge®. The Window Wedge® uses two 8 inch velcro strips that are 3/4 inches wide. The wedge portion is removable so you can open the window opening wider for cleaning. The that fit on the window frame itself. Made in USA.

To Install Window Wedge Window Stoppers On a Double Hung or Single Hung Window:

    Close the window
    Clean the surface of the window trim prior to application. Do not attach to glass itself.
    Peel off the backing from the 8 inch loop strip and place in the center of the upper window frame for a double hung or single hung window.
    Attach the Window Wedge® to the loop strip.
    Attach the second window wedge on the other side at the same height.
    Open the window until it is stopped by the window wedge.
    Note: For maximum child safety, maximum window opening should not exceed 4 inches.

To Install Window Wedge Window Stoppers On a Slider Window:

    Close window. Clean window frame surface before application of loop strip.
    Peel off backing of 8 inch loop strip and place in center of upper horizontal window frame (not on the glass)
    Attach the Window Wedge® to the loop strip with the
    two tines facing the adjacent window section.
    Slide window open until contact is made with the Window Wedge®
    Attach the second Window Wedge® unit to the bottom part of the
    Adjust the position of the Window Wedge® so that the
    window opening is 4 inches or less.
    Note: For maximum child safety, maximum window opening should not exceed 4 inches.

Window Guardian Window Lock. The push-button key lock design is a patented feature. Remove the key to keep the window locked. Easy to use, this security lock provides peace of mind and installs easily in minutes. The Window Guardian has a tamper-resistant cover and fits most windows. Requires a screwdriver for installation. White.

Before installation, remove the pull-key and cover.

1. Push the button while pulling the pull-key until it comes free. To remove cover, push down and slide it along the base towards the pull-key end.

2. Place the base on the spacer and line up the screw holes. Using the three #6 at head wood screws attach the base to the window or sill so that the end of the base is close to the edge of the sill or window.

3. Place the pin body onto the base so that the location tab ts into one of the three position slots. Select the position slot that gives the closest t to the keeper without causing interference.

4. Slide the cover along the base from the pull key end until it snaps into place. If it seems to bind, turn the cover around to position the locking bump at the correct end.

5. Place the pull key into the back of the assembled body and rotate gently until it finds the correct alignment and push the button, locking it in place.

6. Locate the keeper and install with the two #6 pan head screws. Clip the cover over the keeper to hide the screws. (Fig 3) An alternate orientation of keeper for vertical mounting is supplied. Use the second keeper as a holder for the pull-key when not engaged in the lock.

7.For aluminum windows, fit the lock to the aluminum adapter with 3 #6 machine screws. Fit the aluminum adapter to the handle or the flange at the end of the window. Secure the adapter with 2 Allen screws with Allen key provided. Use the appropriate keeper or drill a hole in the sill when required.

How to Use the Window Guardian: To unlock, pull the Pull-key and rotate 90 degrees/ the key button does not have to be pressed. The Pull-key can be left in. To remove the Pull-key, press the Pull-key button and pull until the key pops out. A second keeper is supplied as a location to store the Pull-key when not engaged in the lock. To insert the Pull-key into the key hole, rotate the key gently until it slides into alignment with the key hole. Once aligned, press the key button and push the key further into the key hole until you hear a click. Additional holes or keepers can be used to create locking positions that allow for partially open windows. Made in China.

The Window Warden fits in the window track of a double hung, single hung or slider or sliding door or on the window trim that surrounds the glass. Each Window Warden™ Kit Bulk Pack contains:

 

  • One mounting bracket 2 7/8 inches long with two 1/2 inch key hole openings plus two openings for mounting screws (included)
  • One Window Warden Unit (plastic) 2 inches long, 7/8 inches wide and 5/16 inches thick. This mounts onto the bracket using two plastic tab that fits onto the mount using "keyhole" openings on the bracket 
  • Three screws
  • One round stop button for use if unit is mounted onto the window frame. (not required if mounted within the window sliding track.
  • Installation instructions. To lock the Window Warden, push in the side button lock pin or slide the stop button on the top of the unit. To release, move the mechanism on the top of the unit away from the window glass.
Note: None of these products are substitutes for adult supervision. Never leave a child unattended with an open window. Thanks for your question

 

Sincerely, Barbara

Door Guardian Door Lock for Child Safe Closets, Basements and Entry Doors

by Barbara 17. November 2010 11:37

Question about the Door Guardian door lock for use on basement doors and pantry doors.

Q: "We live in a house where the basement door is hinged to open into our kitchen. I am concerned about my curious toddler opening the door with the levered door "knob" and falling down the steep stairs and getting injured. Also there are items in our pantry like dog food that I don't want dumped out while my back is turned. Is this the right product for us? We don't want to install deadbolts in the doors because they are hollow core and the next owner may not see that as positive. Thanks. Sara."

Answer: Yes, the Door Guardian is a terrific child safety device to keep inward swinging doors closed to curious children. When my sons were young, we had a similar set-up and had to install a double turn dead bolt lock high on a hollow core door, a rather permanent installation.

Installation sometimes means mortising out the door frame as the unit has to be level when installed. The lock portion should not cause any harm to the door itself. Mount the Door Guardian high on the door frame so that only older children and adults can reach it. Otherwise, you could find yourself locked in the basement! This is a great addition to a pantry door and a lot less expensive that the combination door lock my son and his wife installed to keep the children from midnight raids that left the kitchen a mess.

Mount the Door Guardian unit at least six inches higher than the door knob or the deadbolt. Depending upon the door frame, you may have to mortise out an area so that the stationary part of the unit can be mounted straight, otherwise the lock part may not keep the door closed. Included are two long dry wall screws and three metal self-tapping screws if your door frame is metal.

Slide forward and flip closed to lock. Slide and turn to open the lock. This is installed on the side of the door with the door knob, on the side that swings inward.

Choose from:

Thank you for your question. Let us know if you have other child proofing concerns: we are happy to help you.

Sincerely,

Barbara

Sensaphone Magnetic Reed Switch Monitors Doors and Windows

by Barbara 10. September 2008 07:29

Question about the Product: FGD-0006 Magnetic Reed Switch

Q: "I own several convenience stores that accept delivery at the rear of the store. I want to install these switches on the rear doors and on the front doors into each store so that my clerks know when the doors are opened. Is this switch normally closed? Or normally open? Does the magnet hold it open? Thanks, Basil"

Answer: Yes, this switch will meet your needs for monitoring doors. In combination with a Sensaphone system, you'd have all the monitoring capabilities you'd even need without paying for an alarm monitoring service.  The magnetic reed switch may be used with all Sensaphone models to detect any unauthorized entry or intrusion. They are usually installed on doors and windows to detect their opening and closing. Several magnetic reed switches may be wired in series.

My Sensaphone sales rep sent me this response. "The magnetic reed switch monitors the opening and closing of doors. So, this sensor can be configured as normally open or normally closed dependent upon whether the customer wants to monitor the door opening or closing."

From the spec sheet, I also gleaned the following.
Description: The magnetic reed switch may be used with all Sensaphone models to detect any unauthorized entry or intrusion. They are usually installed on doors and windows to detect their opening and closing. Several magnetic reed switches may be
wired in series.

Each FGD-006 package contains:
(1) Sensor
(1) Spacer
(1) Sensor Casing
(1) Magnet
(4) Mounting Screws
(1) Installation Instructions

Dimensions:
Part w/ screw terminals: 2.5 inches x .75 inches x .5 inches
Part w/ magnet: 2.5 inches x .75 inches x about .75 inches
Housing: White plastic

Thank you for your questions.

Sincerely, Barbara