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Online David in MN

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Door locks that don't need keys
« on: September 01, 2016, 12:29:11 PM »
I'm looking to upgrade my front door to have a lock that doesn't require a key. There are many options of keypad "code" locks and new fob based systems that will even work with cell phones. I"m starting to see the benefit. I hate bringing keys on a bike ride or a walk. I hate having them on me when I mow the backyard.

Any experiences good or bad with systems like this? I don't even know what to look for. I'm open to any suggestions to upgrade my door lock.

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Re: Door locks that don't need keys
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2016, 12:48:37 PM »
what happens when the power is out or the batteries fail?

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Re: Door locks that don't need keys
« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2016, 02:58:13 PM »
I have zero personal experience, do want to see what the responses are though.

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Re: Door locks that don't need keys
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2016, 03:15:08 PM »
I am considering upgrading to a Medenco or Mul-T-Lock.

Electronic locks kinda scare me, but nobody gives them a second thought for cars, or for RFID office doors, so maybe we are just being old fashioned.


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Re: Door locks that don't need keys
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2016, 03:36:04 PM »
My buddy has one on his front gate.  It seems to be handy. 

You lock the house when you are mowing your back yard?  I'd leave the back doors open, I try my best not to lock myself out.

I also carry a separate set of keys for house/ work than my vehicle keys.  I like to keep my keys as skinny as possible.  I can leave my house keys in the truck and only take the truck keys, or if I'm riding with someone else I can take only the house keys. 

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Re: Door locks that don't need keys
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2016, 04:10:16 PM »
When I go on a walk or otherwise don't want to grab keys, I enter/exit through my garage and use one of these. 



Since I park a vehicle on the driveway, I don't leave a garage opener inside, and this is how I enter the garage.

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Re: Door locks that don't need keys
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2016, 04:26:52 PM »
Some models allow multiple codes that can be turned on and off. That means giving the handyman or babysitter access to your house for a selected amount of time. The fob models let me in without fussing with keys while holding a baby or groceries. I'm seeing a lot of benefit to this idea.

Not super worried about electricity. Most models have a keyed backup and electricity has in general been proven to mostly work. For a convenience like this it might just be worth it.

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Re: Door locks that don't need keys
« Reply #7 on: September 01, 2016, 04:32:26 PM »
But ,aren't electronic locks disabled by EMP??? :sarcasm: :spit:


Seriously...they make NON-ELECTRONIC Combination locks these days and are up to securing a door as you want.

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Re: Door locks that don't need keys
« Reply #8 on: September 01, 2016, 04:35:35 PM »
But ,aren't electronic locks disabled by EMP??? :sarcasm: :spit:


Seriously...they make NON-ELECTRONIC Combination locks these days and are up to securing a door as you want.

If the contents of the fridge are spoiled, the A/C is not running and nothing on TV - why would anyone want to return home?

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Re: Door locks that don't need keys
« Reply #9 on: September 01, 2016, 04:41:05 PM »
If the contents of the fridge are spoiled, the A/C is not running and nothing on TV - why would anyone want to return home?

Maybe your doctor after the guns you told him you owned... :sarcasm:

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Re: Door locks that don't need keys
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2016, 05:02:37 PM »
Seriously...they make NON-ELECTRONIC Combination locks these days and are up to securing a door as you want.

Also in the cards. I've seen a lot of "commercial" locks like this on the webs.

You guys make me laugh...

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Re: Door locks that don't need keys
« Reply #11 on: September 01, 2016, 05:09:18 PM »

You guys make me laugh...

You must have seen my photo then...

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Re: Door locks that don't need keys
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2016, 10:43:38 PM »
Our fire house has a Schlage FE595 keypad lever lock.  I'd consider one for my house.  Its pretty stout, is backlit, programmable for temporary codes, etc.  EMP? If that knocks out my door lock, I'm still getting in, and the lock is the last thing on my list of concerns.  Anyhow, there is an actual key that comes with the keypad lock in case of electronic failure.