DECEMBER 5, 2016
Kicked in front doors are a very current problem. Many front doors are not properly secured against a simple kick. If the door jamb is not re-enforced with an 18″ or longer strike plate or if the door doesn’t have a Grade I or Grade II commercial deadbolt lock, it probably won’t with stand one or two kicks from an average sized person. Also, there should be #9, 3-1/2″ hardened screws in the hinge plates and strike plates. Lastly, to properly re-enforce a door, the edge of the door where the deadbolt lock is installed should be strengthened wirh door edge re-enforcement plates….
LACK OF ANY OF THESE ITEMS WILL LEAVE YOUR DOOR EXTREMELY VULNERABLE TO A KICK-IN.
|Strike Plate||2" long w/2 short screws||18" long w/4 long screws|
|Hinges||3″ – 3.5″ w/ 3 hole in each leaf||4″ w/ 4 hole pattern in each leaf|
|Screws||1/2″ – 5/8″ long #8 (sometimes 1 1/4″ long #8)||3 1/2″ long #9 hardened|
|Wrap Plates vs. Door Edge Plates||Wrap plates are for covering damage so that you don’t have to replace a door.||Door edge plates are for reinforcing the edge of the door.|
|Dead Bolts||Grade 3 and Non Graded||Grade 2 – Heavy duty residential qualityGrade 1 – Commercial quality|
|Door Viewers||1/2″ diameter||3/4″ diameter1 1/2″ diameter (preferred)|
|Camera Viewers||$100-$200 stand alone models – some record on a chip for down loading later||HD fisheye camera wired through a transfer hinge – connected to a DVR (preferably an IP addressableDVR)|