I'm looking for a low-profile deadbolt for my front entrance to
accomodate a new storm door. The clearance between the storm door
handle and my existing deadbolt is too tight -- there is only about
1/16th of an inch between the two, and I can tell that if either door
is shut with any vigor the two will contact each other. I was hoping
to find a "shorter" deadbolt -- one that protrudes less into the space
between the entrance and storm doors -- but none of the home stores or
locksmiths in town can help.
Can you recommend a specific brand, line, and/or model that I could
special order or purchase online?
A single cylinder Kwikset core and a thumb knob would be best; other
solutions might be acceptable too.
The arrangement of my porch and entryway precludes reversing the hinges
on either the entry or storm door.
Thanks in advance for any advice you can offer!
IF, you can stand the looks.. look for a 'jimmy proof'
the outside visible is the cylinder flush with the door almost..
all the lock/hardware is on the inside of the door, NOT IN the
door itself..option 3
also look at a Schlage..see if you can find someone with some
older deadbolts.. a B160 comes to mind..
the new ones are way too tall off the door..
and my FIRST choice..
also ask about a 'LORI' style deadbolt..they are thinner
protrusion than a regular house type.. and you stick in a mortice
cylinder in whatever keyway you need to match.
I found a Schlage BA-360 that looks like it will do the trick. I did
call Schlage's customer support line, and received excellent help --
she went to the warehouse and retrieved one, and measured it for me
while I was on the phone. She referred me to an online retailer that
stocked the item and I ordered it, and it should be here next week.
I couldn't find any information on the older Schlage B160, nor the LORI
deadbolt. Is LORI a *type* or a *brand*? Who makes them currently?
How about keeping your current lock and just insetting it by an 1/8 inch?
The lock is probably designed to fit on a 2 3/8 or a 2 3/4 door. Front
doors are always 2 3/4 thick. If you only have 1/16 clearance and just need
a little bit more, a 1/8 inset would give you 3/16 clearance and if that is
not enough then your door is so flimsy that it probably is doomed anyway.
Another idea is to unbolt the storm door frame, stack an 1/8" washer between
the storm door frame and the regular door frame, caulk the gap and call it a
day. If you don't want to mess with caulk you could probably get 1/8" thick
rubber 1" wide and use that as a spacer. To install that the easy way would
be to dismount the storm door frame and use double sticky tape to attach the
rubber to the storm door frame and then just screw it back on.
While Schlage makes many fine products the 360 is a lock I would never sell.
The biggest problem with this design is the often premature failure of the
casting the bolt is made from. These fail when there is just a little
interferce, and they usually fail in the locked position.
It was originally a Dexter design that was purchased by Master and then sold
to Schlage because they had patented a method of preventing the brass finish
from tarnishing. This piece of junk is usually only found in big box
--Shiva-- typed "ILCO bought out the Lori.."
There could possibly be an even smaller (Length) cylinder and collar to
use on a LORI.
Then again, I would prefer that because I DID have LORI's in stock till
a few days ago.And I've got more on the way.
Shimming it might be alot less time and trouble depending on where you
Whatever thickness of strip you need.
Maybe some longer mounting screws.
Then adjust the latch plate-done.
I am all out of the LORI's for a couple days.
You can go to the KABA-ILCO site.
Click on key systems.
Then click on mortise cylinder deadbolts,OR on the search page type in
"mortise cylinder deadbolts".
It shows a pic of the low profile.
Thanks, Everybody, for all the advice.
Goma, I see now Ilco 49xx series is the "low profile" -- it looks like
it would've worked, although it doesn't specifically mention "LORI".
The Schlage arrived and fit beautifully, there is no interference for
the bolt today, but I'll be watching it -- thanks Roger.
I was just too lazy to shim the storm door.