Asked on Jan 30, 2012

Recommendation for a good front door lock?

Security Product DepotKMS WoodworksAndrew S


Over the past year I have had bad luck with Schlage locks - first one stopped working, I returned it, got a new one and a month or two later it stopped working. I barely even used them.
Any recommendations for a quality lock?
6 answers
  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jan 30, 2012

    I have always had great results with Schlage...At least with the middle of the road priced stuff....the cheapest from ALL companies are pretty lame. In some cases malfunctions are due to minor alignment issues with the install that loosen up or bind later....was this a DIY install?

  • KMS hit the doorknob right on the head with this. Its not so much about the price as it is about the quality of the install. The hardware must be aligned properly to prevent undo wear on the latch and locking assembly within the knob itself. When you say stopped working, what is happening to make it stop working?

  • Clay B
    on Jan 30, 2012

    Schlage is usually very good (good install above is also key), Baldwin are very good as well. Also, get a Grade 1(best), or at least Grade 2, forget grade 3 or lower. I used to rekey locks, many cheaper lcoks have plastic parts. A good knob with deadbolt should be about $100 or more. May also want to buy from local locksmith (with storefront).

  • Andrew S
    on Jan 30, 2012

    This was definitely a DIY install. So i guess this is user-error. Basically after a few times using the key, it would no longer open the lock. I tried reinstalling the lock a couple of times and it worked but then it didn't.

  • KMS Woodworks
    on Jan 31, 2012

    With a dead bolt there is a bit of a "sweet spot" with the tension of the mounting screws and the "angle" of the bolts takes some practice to find "it"

  • Security Product Depot
    on Mar 20, 2012

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