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Thursday, August 18, 2005

Get Familiar With Your Home Door Hardware/Locking Systems

Door hardware is available in a variety of functions to meet the varied needs of homeowners.
A single cylinder deadbolt is typically used on a front or back exterior door and is operated with a key from the exterior of the home and a thumb turn from the interior.

A double cylinder deadbolt is typically used on a front or back exterior door and is operated with a key from both the exterior and interior of the home. Double cylinder deadbolts are recommended when a window is in close proximity to the door. The interior keyway prevents an intruder from accessing your home by breaking the glass and turning the thumb turn to open the door.

A keyed product (handleset, entryset, knob or lever) is generally used for exterior applications. It is operated with a key from the exterior of the home and a turn button or turn knob from the interior.
A privacy knob or lever is generally used on a bathroom or bedroom door. It provides a turn button lock or turn knob on the inside and comes with an emergency release on the outside that allows the door to be unlocked by inserting an emergency release tool.

A passage knob or lever is generally used on closets or other rooms that do not require locking.
A dummy knob or lever does not operate and is often used as a door pull or for aesthetic purposes only.


Information courtesy of our friends at Weiser Lock. Outsmart Criminals Get Weiser!

Todd

PS - Remember, when you go with Todd Michaels...it's a lock.

Lock of the Week

A Lock Talk fan from England sent this photo in of the ASC1257 Series lock being used as a "security" system for this fine auto carrriage. What is worth more? The lock or the auto carriage?

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

The locker room...a place near and dear to my heart


Hello fellow lock enthusiasts.

Many of you have been writing in asking my opinion on locks for the locker room at the gym. Not only am I in peak physical condition, but my love for locks gives me great insight in to the aptly named "locker room."

First we have the Master Lock 1502 General Combination Security Padlock. I like to think of this one as "old reliable." I had one for years and found it more than adequate. But being the lock connoisseur that I am, I felt that in the name of testing, I should look into some others, for you, my dedicated fanbase.

That brings us to the new boy on the scene, the Staples Wordlock. Well, what can I say about this one? The Staples Wordlock has the potential to revolutionize the general combination padlock world as we know it. Some day people will look back upon these times as a glorious era of lock revolution. A combination based on words? Brilliant! Simply brilliant! Gone are the days of number combinations that you can't remember, now just make up an easy-to-remember password (but not too easy to guess!) and boom, you're in.

In conclusion, I highly recommend the Staples Wordlock.

Thanks for stopping by.

Todd

PS - Remember, when you go with Todd Michaels...it's a lock.

Monday, August 15, 2005

Welcome to Lock Talk!

Hello fellow lock enthusiasts.

Today is a special day. With the launch of Lock Talk, I hope to foster open and honest discussions about pressing lock quandaries. With much turmoil in the lock industry these days, we have a lot of work ahead for all of us at the Lock Talk family.

What can you look forward to?

Podcasts.
Promotional events with Todd Michaels. (more information later about booking me)
Q&A Sessions.
Special call-in events.

And much, much more!

Todd