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Abus Deadbolt Double Cylinder

Abus Deadbolt Double Cylinder

Abus is a very well known brand worldwide. It is known for its padlocks, bike locks and security related products. So how does the Abus double cylinder deadbolt hold up for security and quality?

Well you would expect the Abus double cylinder deadlock to be made in Germany. This lock however is made in Taiwan. The packaging and look of the lock do not look to be very different from many other Taiwanese made deadlocks on the market.

locksmith Brisbane deadbolt AbusThe finish on the Abus deadlock is very good. It has a bright chrome finish with an embossed Abus logo on the outside cylinder. Even the locking bolt has a bright chrome finish.

The locking bolt is adjustable to 60mm or 70mm. Adjusting is simpley done by twisting the front and back parts of the bolt assembly when the bolt is in the thrown position. The actual locking bolt also is made from solid steel with an insert in the centre to resist sawing attacks. The steel bolt is a bit of a surprise as most other similar deadbolts use a brass locking bolt.

The solid bolt is longer then the thrown portion of the bolt, leaving 10mm inside the bolt assembly. This gives the bolt extra strength from prying attacks then most other deadlocks of this type.

The lock body has two cylinders with pressed metal housing and a spacer ring behind each housing. The spacer ring can be removed for thick door types making the lock suitable for locks between 35mm – 45mm.

The lock cylinder of the Abus deadbolt mounts into a metal housing and is removable. It can be replaced with a high security cylinder. The lock cylinder can also be replaced with a registered key barrel if required.

The lock cylinder and barrel are a 6 pin design although out of the box a 5 pin key is used. The code on the key matches the cuts of the key.

The Abus deadbolt has no resistance to lock bumping or lock picking. The pins used in the lock are standard and no security pins are used.

Adding a registered security barrel or replacing the barrel altogether can make this lock a lot more secure. High security lock pins can also be added to increase security and stop lock bumping attacks or lock picking.

The lock has no hardened inserts to stop drilling attacks. Hardened pins in the lock barrel assembly and behind the mounting screws would have made this lock much harder to drill off the door.

Fitting the lock to a wooden door is fairly straight forward. It has the same standard tubular deadlock holes for fitting as most other deadbolts. This makes it easy to replace an existing deadbolt.

The Abus double cylinder deadbolt is a well made lock. It has a very smooth operation and should last for many years once fitted.

Abus give it a security rating of 7, which seems quite high for a lock with no pick protection, no bump key protection and no drilling defence. While high security barrels will increase the security of the lock when fitted to a door, out of the packet the lock is not a high security lock.

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Marking door frame to fit Abus Deadbolt

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Abus Deadbolt fitted to door

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Lockwood 001 Deadlatch

Lockwood 001 Deadlatch

Lockwood 001 Deadlatch for metal frame doors

The Lockwood 001 Deadlatch is a well known lock in Brisbane. It has been a good choice for houses in Brisbane for over 20 years. The wooden frame version comes with a door frame strengthener that reinforces the the door frame and gives greater holding force which makes it much harder to kick the door in when this lock is installed properly.

The metal frame version of the Lockwood 001 is identical to the wooden frame version. Except the metal frame 001 comes with a metal frame strike.

Metal Frame Strike Lockwood 001 deadlatchThe metal frame strike comes in two pieces. It is in some ways similar to the wooden frame version in that the inside frame of the metal frame strike is where the holding force is obtained. The outer housing of the metal frame strike is attached by two screws to the inside frame.

The inside frame of the strike is screwed to the metal frame with metal thread screws. Holes are drilled and tapped into the metal frame of the door. It is these screws which provide the entire holding force for the strike. If the door was to be forced or kicked, it is these screws tapped into the metal frame which hold the strike secure.

Metal Frame Strike insert for Lockwood 001 deadlatchSince the screw holes of the metal frame strike are so crucial to the security of the lock, they are one of the most important installation steps. An incorrectly drilled and tapped screw can compromise the metal frame strikes’ ability to stop an intruder. Of course I would only recommend using a trade qualified locksmith to have this lock installed. In fact it is against the law in most situations to use a handyman or non locksmith to install this type of lock.

The Lockwood 001 fits to most apartment doors the same way it does to a standard wooden door. There are however a large number of requirements for apartment or unit fire doors that have to be considered when installing a Lockwood 001 deadlatch in this situation. Fire doors internally are very different to wooden doors.

The Lockwood 001 is able to be deadlocked from the inside. The way this works is that the inside knob is locked with the key. Once locked from the inside it can not be opened without the key from either side. A red or green indicator on the inside of the the knob can alert you to the inside deadlatch being activated.

Once the key is turned and the inside knob is locked, the door can be pulled closed. If someone were to break in to your apartment through a window, the door would not be able to be opened without the key.

lockwood-001-cylinderOn returning home and opening the 001 from the outside, the inside deadlatching will automatically kick off. So the inside knob will be free to turn so you can exit the door. This is to help prevent you from being locked inside your apartment.

The Lockwood 001 uses a standard Lockwood key. The lock can be clanged to suit other keys in your apartment. It can also have lock cylinders or barrels replaced to suit most high security locking systems.

lockwood-001-keyThe standard cylinders use Lockwood’s Kinetic Defence pin and cylinder design. This does make the key feel rough to insert. This is especially noticeable when the key is inserted into the inside locking knob cylinder as it is spring loaded. The rough feel of the key being inserted is a trade off for added security to protect against lock bumping and lock picking. We have to give Lockwood credit for trying to make their locks more secure from simple opening techniques, so a lock that does not feel smooth is a small price to pay.

As the Lockwood 001 metal frame strike is one of the only deadlatches that can be fitted to most apartment doors there is not much to compare it to. This is a lock that has been tested by time and has performed very well protecting our homes. It is a good choice for your Brisbane apartment or unit door. Always use a qualified locksmith when installing this lock. There are quite a few laws and regulations that do need to be followed regarding its installation.

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Lane Deadbolt review

Lane Deadbolt review

The lane deadbolt maximum security

The lane deadbolt is sold by most hardware shops in Brisbane. The one I have here was bought at a Bunnings hardware store. The brand Lane have been around in Australia for more then 25 years. Many years ago Lane made a range of deadlocks, entrance locks, commercial locks, etc that were fitted to a large number of homes, apartments, hotel doors, commercial doors, etc around Australia. Lane have changed their products a great deal over the years. This deadbolt is a good representation of the modern Lane locks.

packaging

Lane deadbolt packagingThe deadlock comes with some great colourful packaging. It makes reference to crime-stoppers, recycling, “maximum security”, etc. Reading the packaging this lock seems to be a very good quality lock suitable for fitting to entrance doors on a home.

The stainless steel plating on this lock has to be the best thing about this deadbolt. The finish is quite good and has the Lane logo stamped into the outer and inner lock body.

Deadbolt Bolt

Lane deadbolt boltThe lock bolt is adjustable to suit either a 60mm or 70mm backset. The actual bolt which throws into the door frame is die-cast with 2 small hardened pins to resist sawing. The bolt has an awful amount of wobble when it is in the locked position. The way the die-cast bolt is attached to the bolt throw mechanism is very poor. The bolt would not stand up to very much force at all.

Lock Cylinders

Lane deadbolt front of lockThe lock cylinders and barrel is all die-cast metal. The die casting is of a high quality with no visible flaws. The lock barrel is not filed (which is good). The pins in the lock are flat at the shear line (which is also good) and not rounded.

There is an issue with the die casting of this lock though. Die casting is far less accurate then machining a brass barrel and cylinder. Tolerances with the barrel and cylinder and accuracy especially with the pin holes in this lock is very bad. When the pin holes are too large, it makes the lock very easy to open by lock picking and bumping.

Lock Picking Lane Deadbolt

Lane deadbolt lock picking

lane deadbolt lock bumping

lane deadbolt lock bumping

Lock picking and lock bumping this lock was way too easy. It could quite literally be opened with a bobby pin. While this might sound normal if you watch the movies. In reality, this lock is one of the most insecure locks I have ever seen! It would seem that as manufacturing technology has increased, Lane have for some reason decided their locks need to decrease dramatically in security.

Summary of the Lane Deadbolt

As lane have on their packaging “Maximum Security” somebody buying this lock would be seriously misled. This lock I would have to say would have to be close to winning the prize for the most insecure lock on the Australian market. I would definitely not be fitting this lock to any door that has to be in any way secure. There are much better locks available in a similar price range that will give better security then the Lane deadbolt.

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Carbine Deadbolt Double Cylinder

Carbine Deadbolt Double Cylinder

Why does the Carbine deadbolt sold by our Brisbane locksmiths sell better then large company brand name locks?

The Carbine double cylinder deadbolt has been one of our best selling deadbolts now for many years. This comes to no surprise to our Brisbane locksmiths. The Carbine deadbolt has many features other brand name locks just don’t have. What you see with locks is not always what you expect.

carbine deadlock for wooden doors. Carbine deadbolt high security Brisbane locksmithsThe Carbine double cylinder deadbolt is easy to install. It comes with instructions and a drilling template. The template can be placed on a door and drill holes marked with a punch. It can also be fitted in place of other locks. The holes match up to a standard entrance lock pattern used on a majority of Brisbane and Australian doors. A 52mm holesaw, 25mm boring bit, hammer, chisel, Philips screwdriver, punch, and drill is all that is needed to install this lock.

The locking bolt for the Carbine deadbolt is made from brass with a hardened steel insert. The hardened steel insert hinders attempts of sawing the bolt in half with a hacksaw or similar tool. The bolt assembly is a heavy duty. It works with a clear, crisp movement and is of high quality.  The bolt can be adjusted to suit 60mm or 70mm backsets.

The inside and outside cylinders of the Carbine deadbolt contain a removable all brass cylinder. The cylinder comes standard with a Lockwood compatible barrel. The C4 keyway of the lock matches the most common keyway used in Brisbane. The cylinder can be easily changed or rekeyed to match another key. It can also be master-keyed as the lock barrel is of high quality with good tolerances.

The lock barrel can be replaced with a high security barrel or registered key barrel. It takes a PD barrel which is a common barrel type used for many other locks in the Carbine range. The entire cylinder assembly can also be replaced with a high security cylinder. A high security cylinder makes the Carbine double cylinder deadbolt much more secure from lock picking and lock bumping attacks.

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Brisbane Security and Padlocks

Brisbane Security and Padlocks

Securing sheds and homes with padlocks Brisbane

There are many reasons behind crimes. The recession may be one of the reasons where a person will be put under stress. They will be thrown out of jobs and have dependents at home. This may revoke them to do crimes like burglary. There are many crimes going on in the world and all are busy protecting their hard earned money and posessions. From morning to evening the people of the house go outside for work and cannot know what is going on in the house. To keep the house safe many accessories are introduced. Padlocks are one of them which are fixed to the door. There is nothing called burglar-proof as a person who wants to rob can use any method. Many vendors give false promises that the padlocks are unbreakable.

There are many locksmiths who give the best suggestions for the types of locks to be used. They can install the best padlock for the door. A lot of secured and safe feeling is there when we use a padlock on to the door when going out. The keys have to be kept safe or if we loose again we have to call a locksmith for opening it. Burglars do not find breaking the padlock easy. But at the same time it is not that impossible. It is better to look into the size of the door for deciding the type of padlock to be used.

Padlock fitted to home door in Brisbane. The brand and material of the padlock is very important. The cost of the padlock has to be affordable. These padlocks serve locking of the trunk, shed, doors and bicycle too. Steel, brass or alloys are used to make these padlocks. Separate keys have to be used for each lock, but there are master keys also which may open many locks. Brass is considered to be the best material for making locks, but this may be a little bit costlier. Locks have to be reliable and should not be easy to open to any type of key. It has to be durable as there are harsh weathers outside and it has to tolerate it. It is confusing to decide about the brand and the type of lock to use. A locksmith can be consulted or a dealer of locks may suggest about the best locks.

There are a lot of locks in the market. Mechanical, biometric and electronic locks also are available in the market.  If the door is heavy then it is better to buy a bigger lock. There are many colours, designs and types of locks. Choose the best for the safety of the house or anywhere where it is to be used.  Mainly locks are used to avoid burglary or robbery. Keeping the things safe in the house means keeping them locked. There are many other things also in the house to be kept safe. For such things also the padlocks are used like locking the trunk.

There are many reputed companies selling the best locks for years. It is better to choose the best one which is reliable and durable.

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Open your lock with smartphone

Finally a smart phone idea!!

Kwikset Kevo Bluetooth Deadlock Brisbane
Actually opening your doors with a smartphone is nothing new.  There has been a few problems with the idea though.  Some hotels have a smart phone option that you can use instead of a key or card to open the door.  Now there is a deadlock available from Kwikset with the same technology you can have on your house door that has all the same advantages.
The Kevo Deadlock from Kwikset works on Bluetooth and there is an app for smartphones which allows you to unlock the door simply by touching the lock.  You don’t even have to touch the phone.  Just keep the phone in your pocket.   You can also enable another person to have access to the lock with the app and even allow them temporary access to the door remotely.
The Kevo also has a traditional key lock that can be used to override the electronic part of the lock, so you are not totally reliant on your phone to open the door.  If something ever did go wrong with the electronics in the lock, the key can still be used for access.  There is also the possibility to disable the key completely and rely totatlly on the electronic lock.  If the security of a pin tumbler lock is an issue then disabling the key lock may be an option worth considering.
Having an app controlled lock also gives you the ability to change the combination or access to the lock very easily.  The user can easily change who has the ability to unlock the door.  This can be done instantly and there is no need to wait for a locksmith to come and change the lock.  This can be very convenient to a number of specific users who need this type of lock changing ability.
The Kevo also employs the Kwikset smartkey system.  This lock is bump proof and highly pick resistant.  It is also drill resistant, saw resistant and resists attacks from hammering.  The smartkey system can also be changed by the user with a special change key.  The smartkey locks can all be changed to the same key or any other kwikset smartkey key.  This makes the Kevo a very high security electronic lock for a residential home.

 

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