|Cardinal Gates Door Guardian on the front door. I think that I would have put it a couple of inches lower if I were to do it again.|
Why I bought it in the first place:
Will it save me money/ headache/ stress?:
What are the options when wanting to buy one?:
These locks come in five different finishes. White, Antique Brass, Brass, Satin Chrome, & Satin Nickel. They usually range in price from $18 to about $22 depending on the finish you choose. I’m hoping that they some day add Oil Rubbed Bronze to the selection, but white is pretty universal so that is why I went with it (plus at the time I wasn’t sure what colors we were going to be re-doing everything in the house with).
Tips/Tricks with this product:
I will say that I didn’t really understand how it worked at first and it was a little hard to open (which is another reason it’s hard for kids…you don’t just flip it). All you have to remember is that you slide it to the side, away from the door jam that it is currently in, and then pull it towards yourself (If it is installed on the right door-jam slide it to the left, if it’s on the left door-jam slide it to the right). It’s not rocket science, it just takes a few tries to get used to it. As far as installation hang-ups go, I’d say that the only issue I had was because I didn’t have a good drill so it kept stripping the screws. This can be avoided by drilling a good pilot hole before you try to drive the screws. Also, using a high quality drill would help ;). I don’t recommend trying to just use a screw driver or you will be there all day because the screws are LONG.
How many stars do I rate it and why?
I can honestly say that I give this product 5 stars. It is one of the very few products that I have ever been this happy with. Yeah it was a little hard to learn how to open, but I’m not going to ding the product because I was being special. It has provided me with so much peace of mind I would pay $100/each for them and that is saying a LOT considering how frugally minded I am.
So, if you are worried about your kids wandering off, someone trying to brute-force their way into your home, or if you’d just like a little peace of mind while a spouse is working a night shift or out of town…you need these locks too!