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Let’s take a break from the kitchen undertaking and speak safety.
Once I shared our household room progress (which hasn’t progressed in any respect since we began the kitchen), I discussed that we bought Kwikset Polo handles for each door in the home. Properly, Kwikset requested us to check out their SmartCode digital exterior locks and, since we hadn’t bought something but for the outside doorways, we took them up on the supply. It’s one much less key I’ve to fish for at midnight.
We occur to have two exterior entrance doorways – the one which was initially the service entrance, which we name the “aspect door,” and the primary entry. Each additionally had totally different keys. If that wasn’t irritating sufficient, neither had a turning deadbolt – as an alternative, you needed to get the important thing to unlock the deadbolt.
Right here’s what the aspect door seemed like earlier than:
A part of our plan for subsequent yr is to exchange the (warped and drafty) exterior doorways and (gross and rotted) door jambs, however within the meantime, it’s good to have a bit little bit of an improve.
Right here’s the entrance door earlier than:
The worst a part of this entrance door was that the door knob was so near the jamb that whenever you turned it, you’re fingers acquired pinched – ouch!
We selected the modern SmartCode Deadbolt in satin nickel. We needed the one with Residence Join, however our alarm system was not suitable. Oh properly, no biggie. As a way to change every little thing over to the SmartCode locks, we would have liked to order new exterior handles. So we purchased two of the Vedani satin nickel levers. These have their Sensible Key know-how, too so you’ll be able to re-key the lock when you ever have to.
Right here’s the aspect door after:
And right here’s the entrance door:
You possibly can see the canine peeping outdoors…
One of many options I actually like is the automated locking function, which locks the door after 30 seconds should you don’t lock it your self. This can be a nice function and I like that you could disable it, too. We’re utilizing it for our foremost door, however we determined towards utilizing it for the aspect door since we’re out and in of that one on a regular basis. In the event you don’t use the auto-lock function, you possibly can nonetheless simply push the lock button to lock it, no have to enter a code. Plus, you’ll be able to’t beat the convenience of turning a deadbolt lock as an alternative of getting to seize the important thing to lock and unlock it.
You need to use two numbered codes per lock, too, so that you may give one code to household, buddies housekeeper, whoever and hold one personal.
Thus far, we’re very proud of these locks – it makes issues very easy and, like I stated earlier than, it’s good to only push a number of buttons fairly than dig for my keys (that are often misplaced within the black gap that I name my purse). Thanks Kwikset!
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