Thursday, January 19, 2012

Seniors and Home Security and Security Bars

Seniors and Home Security with Lockking Security Lock/Bars

If you're anything like me, any changes in routine can be unsettling.  From a change in a doctors appointment, to an unexpected visit from my grandkids... I guess as you get older, your ‘Life Box’ seems to become smaller. It feels  more secure when life goes along at the regular daily pace. Your home is part of your Life Box.  Changes seem larger as we age. Most changes are fine, of course, but their effects are greater than they would have been, say, twenty years ago.

The most noticeable changes are your home, car and family.  Take your car for instance.  You don’t want anyone breaking into it so you are more cautious where you park, locking it faithfully and perhaps setting an alarm.  The same concerns should apply to your home.  Knowing where all the vulnerable places are in your home and safe guarding them in what ever means you can.  You lock your door every time you leave or return.  You check all the doors at night before you go to bed.  You put sticks in the windows to prevent them from being opened from the outside.  This may seem a little paranoid, but it's basic common sense if you don't want home intrusion.

You can have an alarm system installed, but you have to remember to turn it on and off and it can be costly.  Signs outside your home indicating that you have an alarm system.  Or, possibly a sign indicating you have an unfriendly dog.  Home security brings peace of mind, particularly in hard economic times.

If you put sticks in your windows,  that works fine, as they are easy to move.  Your doors have their own security with a lock in the handle and a dead bolt lock.  So now you have your window and doors covered, there's only one thing left. Not all homes have one, but most do - a sliding glass door.  Most sliding glass doors have very inadequate locks.  They can be bumped or “rocked” from the outside and become unlatched.  Of course, high end doors have better locks on them, but there's always a way to unlatch them.  If you have a sliding glass door you might want to raise the sliding door as high as it will go to take the play or wiggle out of it.  This is done simply by screwing in or out the adjustment screws at the bottom of the door.

After making this adjustment,  you will want to put in some kind of security bar to prevent the door from opening if don’t feel comfortable with the latch.  There are many after-market devices for sliding glass doors from foot levers, to pins, and security bars.  When choosing a security device, remember you want it to be easy to use. 

With back problems prohibiting bending up and down, or perhaps opening and closing your doors from a wheel chair, you’ll want to choose something that aids you in the task.

One of the best locks on the market comes from a company in Oregon, JTC Solutions, Lockking Sliding Glass Door Security Locks,Bars.

Their objective is to provide a security bar that functions as a lock and visible as a deterrent.

The Lock is Easy to Install, and, Easy to Use.

Lift Up to Unlock and Push Down to Lock.

The LockKing Security Lock can be installed at different heights on your sliding glass door.  In the locked and unlocked position, it is visible - so you can see that you remembered to lock your door.

Once installed, LockKing Security Locks move easily with the door because of its self-adjusting articulating features.

It must be locked from the inside and therefore prevents locking yourself out if properly installed.  

So check out LockKing Security Bars - read what customers have to say.  I know you will find them a lot better than any security bar on the market.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pet Door Security

There are many types of pet doors available, some have openings through hindged doors others through walls but what we want to address now are the types that work with sliding glass doors. These types of pet doors for sliding glass doors are generally called Pet Door Panels.  These panels fit along side of the sliding glass door when closed.
The Pet Door Panels are installed on the same side where the handle is.  When you close the sliding glass door against the Pet Door Panel it creates the doggie door.
Then Pet Door Panels are a great solution for a doggie door with a sliding glass door.  Each manufacturer has their own instructions and ways to secure the Pet Door Panel against the jamb and the slidng door.
With the sliding door attached to the Dog Panel, and the Dog Panel attached to the jamb, the unit is still not secured.  Most manufacturers latches are inadequate without the Dog Panel in place so there is little security with the Dog Panel in place. There are several types of practical methods to secure the Sliding Glass Door.  The most common is putting some kind of device between the sliding door and the side jamb.  One of the best devices is the Lockking Security Bar.
 This security bar is self adjusting and articulates with the door, it moves with the door when it opens and closes and a simple push down locks the door and panel securely.

 The Lockking Security Bar is constructed of aircraft quality aluminum and anodized in clear and black.
 The product is very effective and well built.  Lockking offers sizes for every type of Pet Door Panel.
 One big plus is that it is Made in America with a 5 year warranty on any mechanical defects.
To view this product use the following link:

How to Raise a Sliding Glass Door

How To Raise Up a Sliding Glass Door

Adjustment for sliding glass door

Before installing a Lockking Security Lock or Bar the sliding door should be raised as high as it will go and still slide easily.  This will keep someone on the outside from pushing up on the sliding door and unlatching most factory latches.

To do this you will need the right kind of screwdriver, either a Philips or slot driver.  By looking in the hole at the bottom edge of the sliding door you can determine which screw driver will work.

There is a roller adjustment screw on both sides of the door.  By inserting the screwdriver into the adjustment screw in the door you can raise or lower the door.  Raise one side a little and then the other in order to keep the edge of the sliding door aligned with the side jamb.  If it seems too hard to turn the screw you might need a friend to lift that edge of the door to take the weight off of the adjustment roller.

Try to keep the handle side of the sliding door parallel to edge as in the following illustration.

Sliding Glass Door Alignment