Keyless Electronic Keypad Deadbolt
You want to talk about handy? You need to get yourself one of these Keyless Deadbolt Locks.
My house was built in 1928 and the front door is this gorgeous dark wood that has an old skeleton key hole over the victorian door knob. We only have one problem with it. Someone lost that skeleton key years ago. I have never seen it. So, whenever we go in or out the front door, we have to use the dead-bolt.
Here is where it gets funny...
There have been many times I have gone out the back door, for whatever reason, and I will end up in the front yard. But, I can not go in the front door because I didn't bring my keys with me. I then have to walk all the way around the house, to the back door, to get back in.
Granted, that is not that big of a deal. It is when my wife or kids do this that it drives me nuts. Instead of going back around the house to come through the same door they came out of, they will knock on the front door until I get up to let them in.
I was constantly answering my front door for my wife and kids, just to save them the short walk around to the back of the house.
Fortunately, one day when I put the key into the old deadbolt that was on the front door, my key broke. No matter what I tried, I couldn't get that chunk of key out of the lock.
This forced me to find a new deadbolt for it and that is when I came across this keyless electronic keypad deadbolt. I thought for a second that it was a bit expensive, but if it saved me a million trips around the house, and let the wife and kids in without bothering me, it would be priceless.
Well I have had it on the door for a couple of months now and it was worth every dime. It was very easy to install and program. Took less than an hour. For the first couple of days, I would walk all the way around to the front door, just so I could use it. It is so nice to be able to use the front door without fumbling with my keys.
To top it off, my wife and kids are now able to come and go as they please without pestering me. On top of that, it looks pretty cool.
Since I put it on, I have had a few people over and they are very impressed with my high speed keypad door lock on my old wooden door. A couple of them even got one for themselves.
The only concern I have with this thing is the battery life. I hope I remember to replace them before they go dead. I am sure my wife will remind me if I don't.