questionscan anyone recommend me a deadbolt or front door…

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This house had a keyless entry when I bought it and I love it.

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Kwikset offers a very secure deadbolt for <$15. Highly recommended by a guy that sells varieties of locksets....me. :)

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Don't know, this might work. I live in an apartment & have just ordered 1. Do know there are limitations on what you can/cannot install. Am hoping this one is okay.

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I would check with the apartment complex to see if they will install one for you. In the apartments I have lived in, we were/are not allowed to add unauthorized locks. This may be a Missouri/Kansas thing, but might want to check with them first before you piss them off.

Otherwise, personally, I think any one will work. Standard deadbolts are not too complicated, so pretty much any will work.

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@gmwhit: My parents had one on the door that go down to their basement that was used to deter small children from opening the door.

I don't think those are meant to keep bad guys out. A good push on the door and those just pop open, but perhaps theirs was just defective.

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@capguncowboy: Guess I'm not hoping to keep out all the 'bad guys.' Just want a small deterrent. My Beretta w/1 in the chamber is more comforting than anything, yes? Must say that the apartment complex I'm in is pretty secure. Even have a Sheriff living here. (For what that's worth.)

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Adding an unauthorized lock is likely a violation of your apartment lease, so I'd definitely check with them first. They usually need ability to access the unit in an emergency or for maintenance, and if you add a dead-bolt that they don't have a key to, that could cause issues.

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@gmwhit: Okay, I was just making sure that someone out there wasn't expecting that latch to do more than deter.

I keep a few loaded firearms in my house as well (afterall, it won't do any good if it isn't loaded). I'm a big fan of the 12-gauge security system. We have deadbolts on all of our doors, but let's be honest -- If someone wants to come in, a dead bolt is not really going to stop them from doing that. Once they're inside, nothing will change their mind better than the racking sound of a pump shotgun. I live in a nice quiet neighborhood in a mostly quiet town, but we can never be too safe.

Even when I'm not at home, I carry a firearm on me. The world is crazy and it's important to be prepared to protect yourself and your loved ones from the it

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I also got one of these because there is a window by my deadbolt. Very happy with it

http://www.thedoorguardian.com

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Thanks for all the feedback deals.woot.

You guys are the bomb diggity (diggities?).

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I have bought cheap locks before and I don't recommend them. A couple just fell apart and one locked me out of the house and had to be removed in the locked position. Buy a decent name brand with a warranty, preferably from a store where you are comfortable honoring the warranty. When shopping for a lock, just ask yourself this question:

In the event of fire, what sort of lock do I want between my family and safety?

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@portezbie: I believe that's bombs diggity. To add the comments about apartments, if there is no deadbolt at all, I would think you could convince your landlord (unless it's a big complex) that a deadbolt is really in their best interest and have them install it.

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I haven't logged on deals in awhile, just doing the lurking thing.

I'm not an expert here, but I do have a little experience and knowledge about this issue. First of all, whether you buy a 50-400 dollar lock/deadbolt is meaningless. The construction used on the side of the door is what matters. If the landlord went on the cheap end, you will be lucky if the deadbolt sits into more than a 1/2 inch piece of crapwood that could be broken by a child. If the landlord had studs next to the door your deadbolt will sit into more solid wood, thereby acting like it is supposed to. If you have a stud funder you may be able to find out, or the building manager/supervisor/maintenance person may know.

If there isn't a stud next to the door, buy any junky deadbolt, it is just cosmetic anyway. If there is a stud, any hunk of metal will help, but the trickier locking mechanisms do prevent some picks from occurring.

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There are other options available other than a deadbolt. One of the most cost effective ways of keeping someone from coming through your door is to wedge a 2x6 between the door handle and the floor. Try opening it from the outside while unlocked (if it pushes in, and you will need a friend). I can't open mine without using substantial force enough to wake up the neighbors*. It also provides more than enough time to grab a shotgun, get in a great firing position with cover, and wait for the dumbass er eh I mean call the police.