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Posted: 2/22/2021 9:24:33 PM EST
I've been wanting to add another lock to our front door for added security, but have seen entirely other concepts so I'm curious, what all have yall done/do yall recommend?

- Lock at the top or bottom.
- Adding deeper screws on the hinges.
- Dual strike plates.

Thanks
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:26:31 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/22/2021 9:29:29 PM EST by corwin1968]
Strike plates on the door jamb and bottom two hinges, all held in place by big, 3.5" screws.

Replaced the cheap ass, flimsy original deadbolt with a big, heavy duty one.  

It took someone kicking in our front door at 3:30 am for me to realize how flimsy and unsecure our exterior doors were.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:27:35 PM EST
Long screws in the hinges and strike plate is a super cheap and easy security upgrade everyone should do. Just that alone goes a long way in making the door harder to kick in.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:29:21 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:29:39 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/22/2021 9:30:14 PM EST by MorningNapalm]
https://www.homedepot.com/p/StrikeMaster-II-Door-Frame-and-Hinge-Reinforcement-55724/202076114

ETA: 18 seconds!
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:29:58 PM EST
Doggy doorbell.


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Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:31:50 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/22/2021 9:32:36 PM EST by Kiju]
Solid door instead of the shit-tastic hollow core that was originally installed, with smaller windows that will NOT allow you to reach over and trip the deadbolt, which is double keyed anyways. (Key is tied to a screw on the wall close to the door.) Other armor for hinges and striker area are a given for my house.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:34:11 PM EST
My girlfriend sleeps in front of it every night with a shotgun.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:36:47 PM EST
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I cut some of these out of 10ga on the plasma table at my work.  Fuck paying $90 for strips of sheet metal.  4"screws hold them and the hinges to the frame, 3" screws into the metal clad door.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:37:36 PM EST
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This is what I did plus,
this so my grandson could not sneak out
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:39:45 PM EST
Solid wooden door and one of these.



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Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:39:54 PM EST
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Originally Posted By MaxFenig:
My girlfriend sleeps in front of it every night with a shotgun.
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Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:40:46 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/22/2021 9:41:40 PM EST by MidwestJ]
-door jamb armor
-4” deck screws in all hinges and strike plates
-flip lock thingie you operate with thumb and pointer finger in a pinch motion from amazon (mounts to jamb-flips ONTO door as added reinforcement) EDIT: two posts above me dphill posted picture of
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:41:03 PM EST
I have a moat.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:44:00 PM EST
False sense of “security”..

Just hope to slow them down so you can.....
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:45:38 PM EST
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Originally Posted By 3BP:
False sense of “security”..

Just hope to slow them down so you can.....
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That's the point
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:46:51 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/22/2021 9:57:25 PM EST by cms81586]
Originally Posted By YukonBoy03:
I've been wanting to add another lock to our front door for added security, but have seen entirely other concepts so I'm curious, what all have yall done/do yall recommend?

- Lock at the top or bottom.
- Adding deeper screws on the hinges.
- Dual strike plates.

Thanks
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I had concern when our current home had big glass pane front French doors. But the concern quickly subsided when you consider it’s no greater threat than any window in the home. Layered security/standoff is better. Gate at the end of the driveway. Security lighting. Security cameras. Dogs. And a home invasion plan for the family. Defensive landscaping works too. Disregard if you’re in an apartment or something.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:49:05 PM EST
Next question... How many of you have big sliding glass doors in the rear of your house? Can I throw your patio furniture through it to gain entry...?
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:49:29 PM EST
lockable storm door (and we lock it)
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:50:51 PM EST
Originally Posted By YukonBoy03:
I've been wanting to add another lock to our front door for added security, but have seen entirely other concepts so I'm curious, what all have yall done/do yall recommend?

- Lock at the top or bottom.
- Adding deeper screws on the hinges.
- Dual strike plates.

Thanks
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My mom passed in 2012 and my gal and I went out to San Fran for her wake/celebration party and the morning of, I got a call from ADT saying that my alarm was going off and whether it was me, which I told them no, I was out of town.

They called me back 30 minutes later and said they had good news and bad news, so an O-shit moment.

The bad news was that a neighbor below me had heard a toilet running and called it in to the HOA people, even though there was no leak.  The good news was, was that it was Miami FD and PD trying to get into my unit via the front door and couldn't, so they jimmied open the bathroom window which is alarmed.

They couldn't wedge their way through my front door, which is a metal fire door!

The BR window is tiny and there are a couple of big speaker boxes (Cornwall size) that I store in that bathtub, so they had to lift up the midget and torpedo him over the boxes, lol!

I win!

Chris
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:51:47 PM EST
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Originally Posted By ICU:
Next question... How many of you have big sliding glass doors in the rear of your house? Can I throw your patio furniture through it to gain entry...?
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This. Do you also leave your ladders unlocked? Do you store cutting tools or sledgehammers in a poorly secured garden shed?

Remember, total security concepts, consider everything...
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:56:05 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/22/2021 9:57:14 PM EST by PatriotAr15]
I have a steel security door in front of my door. Very common here in AZ.

Even in neighborhoods, like mine, where no one has bars on their windows... have these Security doors. I think the purpose of them is so that when the weather is nice outside... you can leave your interior door open, but keep the Security door closed and locked, preventing entry by passers-by... but allowing air to breeze through.

Regardless, they are tough, and are typically mounted on a metal frame that is screwed into the door frame of your home. No one's "Kicking in the door" with these things.

Similar to this:


Link Posted: 2/22/2021 9:58:21 PM EST
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Originally Posted By rmakak:
lockable storm door (and we lock it)
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Can you walk 10’ to the left or right and get in a window?
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:00:23 PM EST
Why waste all that money on a door when you can break a side window with a $2 spark plug.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:00:36 PM EST
there is a film you can put on your windows that helps hold them together, works pretty good. we have it in a few of our commercial rentals and its held the glass together enough that they were not able to gain entry. in 30+ years we never had an issue, last year 4 break ins...and other BS
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:00:58 PM EST
Not today Mister Home Invader
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:01:54 PM EST


That’s 110lbs of catahula cur/GSD mix that loves her daddy dearly. Don’t touch the door unless you really want to come in
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:06:16 PM EST
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Originally Posted By johnnypantz:
https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/257694/0BF5D793-DC05-42CD-A11C-A6E226BE8CFE-1837501.jpg

That’s 110lbs of catahula cur/GSD mix that loves her daddy dearly. Don’t touch the door unless you really want to come in
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That could make an interesting squirrel dog.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:06:22 PM EST
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Originally Posted By ICU:
Next question... How many of you have big sliding glass doors in the rear of your house? Can I throw your patio furniture through it to gain entry...?
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I won't have a glass door in my house but embassy glass seems to work pretty good.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:11:26 PM EST
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Originally Posted By johnnypantz:
https://www.ar15.com/media/mediaFiles/257694/0BF5D793-DC05-42CD-A11C-A6E226BE8CFE-1837501.jpg

That’s 110lbs of catahula cur/GSD mix that loves her daddy dearly. Don’t touch the door unless you really want to come in
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Im sitting under that same exact blanket. Thats not a small chain around her neck... I wouldnt want to play fuckfuck games w/ that pup
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:14:16 PM EST
Claymores
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:16:21 PM EST
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Originally Posted By delemorte:
Claymores
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I see the light, I see the light...
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:21:27 PM EST
Belgian mal
Door armor kit.
Cameras
Motion activated flood lights with 140w LED lights.

It looks like a baseball stadium lit up.

I want to add some ring cams.

If you make it look like they will get caught, they might decide that the house next door is the softer target.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:21:38 PM EST
I remember seeing a video on YouTube where cops were testing a door and using sledgehammers and battering rams and they were unable to bust down the door for 25 minutes.  I think they finally started to collapse the concrete wall around the frame when they called it quits.  And these guys were whaling on it!
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:27:22 PM EST
How does a 4" screw into 3" of frame do anything?
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:28:06 PM EST
Strike plate screws that hit studs and hinge screws that do the same at a minimum.

Previously on this site I posted my front door replacement - involved a sheet of drywall, a couple 2x4 jackstuds, vertical blocking on 12" centers, 1/8" steel strap, and a fuckton of construction screws.

Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:31:00 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Tiempos_Peligrosos:
I remember seeing a video on YouTube where cops were testing a door and using sledgehammers and battering rams and they were unable to bust down the door for 25 minutes.  I think they finally started to collapse the concrete wall around the frame when they called it quits.  And these guys were whaling on it!
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Their build was posted online, and that's what I followed for my door - living in a transitional neighborhood.

Warning was it'll keep shitheads out, but will also keep fire and police out.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:35:23 PM EST
My GSD/Great Dane mix wishes a muthafucka would...

I also have motion sensing cameras and lights, and reinforced the jamb, but he is still hopeful. ;)
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:36:22 PM EST
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Originally Posted By delemorte:
Claymores
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No wait, hear me out.  Claydoor, the entire door is the claymore.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:39:04 PM EST
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I put one of these in. Screws are thick and very long, can’t remember the length. It would take a heavy ram to defeat.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:51:55 PM EST
I get my own ass kicked by my front door and so does everyone else.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:52:49 PM EST
100 lbs of GSD that doesn’t like many people.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 10:53:48 PM EST
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Originally Posted By sp1shooter:
How does a 4" screw into 3" of frame do anything?
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Most houses are a 3/4” screw before the fix
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 11:00:40 PM EST
Long screws, double paned safety glass, big ass GSD warning system
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 11:01:05 PM EST
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Originally Posted By sp1shooter:
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  You serious Clark?    You know how it's easy to break one twig right?   But hard to break a bundle?    Well you just made your side jambs "one bundle" with the double studs on either side.   Which are tied to the top and bottom plate and the rest of the wall.  So now instead of trying to kick out some finish nails holding your jamb they have to try and break them all together.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 11:01:13 PM EST
I have a moat filled with sharks with lazers on their heads.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 11:01:42 PM EST
Another vote for security screen doors.

Being able to leave your front door open for ventilation - or to greet visitors - without compromising security is nothing short of awesome.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 11:02:25 PM EST
Fifth post nailed it...along with hurricane windows and doors. Ring cameras all around the house and front door. Also made sure that our home was cinder block construction.
Link Posted: 2/22/2021 11:08:37 PM EST
Im a general contractor.  When I built my own house I told my hardware supplier I wanted a top of the line door lock.  His response was why would I need anything stronger than glass.

We all beef up the front door but never consider the sliding door at the rear.  As has been mentioned above, the films help.

If I ever build another house, laminated glass in all the windows for the win.

Link Posted: 2/22/2021 11:09:34 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/22/2021 11:14:24 PM EST by hardcorps1775]
Link Posted: 2/23/2021 12:00:16 AM EST
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Originally Posted By AhoogahLoop:


Their build was posted online, and that's what I followed for my door - living in a transitional neighborhood.

Warning was it'll keep shitheads out, but will also keep fire and police out.
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The FD will come straight through that door with a K saw if they have to. No bad guy will be lugging one of those around.
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