Today, I’ve got 3 Cheap & Easy DIY Door Security Tips you can do in an afternoon.
Hi guys! Who wants a safer home??? I know I do. Today I’ve got 3 Cheap, Quick, and Easy DIY Door Security Tips that’ll make your home safe, in just an afternoon. And you only need a screwdriver and a drill to do these. Yay!
I wanted to share these tips with you after I took a quick break from finishing up my Master Bathroom Remodel to finally add a Swing Bar Lock to our front door. So glad I got that easy project off my to-do list. Now I can quit worrying that my 3-year will open the door for someone when I’m not around. Yikes!
But that swing arm lock also adds an extra level of protection against a break in. In fact, all 3 of these DIY Door Security Tips will help protect you from someone busting down your exterior doors. Be sure to check out my video for a better explanation for all these tips, too. 🙂
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3 Easy DIY Door Security Tips: Pictures
The video might help explain anything that isn’t clear just from pictures. But, hopefully, I can explain myself pretty well. 🙂
DIY Tip One
First, one of the first things I did after moving into this home was to go around to each exterior door (front, back, and garage entry) and replace the old 3/4″ or 1″ long strike plate screws with 3″ long screws. 3″ long screws make it much, much harder to force down a door.
Have you ever seen a crime drama where a person easily shoulders or kicks down a door and the wood trim around the door just splits about an 1″ deep along the door? Welp, that’s because the short screws just aren’t deep enough to prevent that soft pine (typically) frame from cracking.
Using 3″ long screws on the wall and door strike plates will add the extra strength that can stop most door break downs.
DIY Tip Two
The latest deadbolt safety standards recommend that a Grade 1 or Grade 2 Deadbolt that sticks out at least 1″ must be used on all exterior doors. If your deadbolt is loose or doesn’t meet the latest standards, most people can replace these themselves.
Sometimes, you may have to drill a new hole. Which can make the job more complicated. But, usually, in newer homes, you can just use the old holes. The Family Handyman has a great Install Guide for Deadbolt’s if you need help.
DIY Tip Three
Install a Swing Bar Lock on the front door, and maybe other doors, if needed. This lock is great for adding extra strength to the door while still allowing you to talk to people outside. I’m all about caution. 🙂
These looks are also great for stopping those toddlers and little kids from opening the door for strangers or just going outside without you. I can imagine this would be great for back doors that lead to pools without fences. You don’t want those little ones near the pool while you’re in the shower.
Just make sure to install them high enough to be out of their reach. And, use those 3″ long screws on the wall side of this lock too.
3 Easy DIY Door Security Tips: Video
Check out the video below to see my Swing Arm Lock in action and the other 2 DIY Door Security Tips. 🙂
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