3 Additional Steps You Should Take When Installing A Smart Door Lock
Home automation is gradually becoming a permanent part of many homes, and for good reason. Most home automation products give homeowners easy and efficient ways to carry out rather complicated tasks, and it also makes it much easier for them to customize different parts of their security. Home automation allows homeowners to take advantage of DIY protection, and utilize some of the best home security DIY systems, potentially making their home the smartest home on the block.
Some common home automation products include DIY home security alarms, surveillance systems, and smart locks. Today, the focus will be on smart locks. Homeowners can learn a lot of tricks from the way a locksmith reinforces front doors and front door locks. We will discuss some of the additional steps that homeowners have to take when they are installing a smart door lock. These steps are meant to help keep your DIY protections in perfect form while you add new smart security devices to your home.
1. Address Strike Plate Vulnerabilities
Although smart locks are very similar to traditional locks, they do have some key differences that set them apart. For instance, a traditional lock cannot be easily integrated with a DIY security system, whereas a smart lock can. However, despite these differences, these locks do share some of the same flaws, which is why homeowners will need to work on fortifying the strike plate that is used in conjunction with the smart lock being installed.
The strike plate is easy to find, even if you are not entirely sure what it is. It is a metal piece that is attached to a door jamb, and it is partly responsible for keeping the lock bolt in place. Though smart locks are futuristic in many ways, they still rely on some of the core principles of a traditional lock. Some smart locks can be paired with the strike plate that is already in place, while others come with their own additional hardware that has to be installed.
Regardless of whether it is a new or old strike plate being used, it is always a good idea to substitute the screws that are used to fasten the strike plate to the door jamb. Often ¾ inch screws are used to secure the strike plate. These screws do not offer much in terms of resistance, and they should be substituted with 3-inch screws that can securely fasten into the door jamb.
2. Protect Door Hinges
The good thing about installing a smart lock is that it already places you in the headspace to tackle DIY projects and additions to your DIY protection. For homeowners that are already traveling down this path, a great additional step would be to secure door hinges.
Door hinges are an extremely vulnerable part of door locks and security. Although they are not part of the primary smart lock hardware, no smart lock can function if door hinges are not keeping the door attached to the frame.
The danger with door hinges is the fact that they are easily accessible, which means that burglars will not necessarily have a hard time reaching them, even with the presence of DIY home security alarm. Since security revolves around layers, you cannot rely solely on a DIY home security alarm to keep you safe.
Door hinges can be protected by using set screws to keep them firmly secured to the door and the door frame, or they can be reinforced by utilizing safety studs and fast riveted pins. These kinds of DIY protections go a long way to make your smart door lock much more secure.
Another way to protect your door hinges and bolster your DIY protection is to make the door hinges inaccessible. The best way to do this is to make sure that you are using inswing doors in conjunction with your smart door locks. Inswing doors, as opposed to outswing doors, open inwards in a way that does not leave the hinges on your door exposed. This means that burglars will not be able to circumvent your smart door locks by attacking your hinges.
3. Fortify the Cross Bore
The cross bore is the space that is drilled through the door to allow the lock hardware to be properly fitted and installed. Most smart locks will require a cross bore if they are being used alongside a secure deadbolt.
The danger with the cross bored section of your door is that a portion of your door is that it is missing the material that gives it strength. Even though the lock itself is going to occupy that space, most locks have a lot of open space as well, so there is still an inherent weakness that has to be taken care of.
Homeowners can install additional protective covers when they are installing a smart door lock. Ideally, homeowners should take advantage of protective covers made from hardened steel alloys, and other robust materials that burglars cannot easily overwhelm.
The simple act of protecting any present recesses and crevices in the door will help keep your smart lock in prime working condition, and your security in tip-top shape.