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Home hardening - longer screws. How long and which type?

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Erigorn:
This may be a silly question but is there any specific screws that should be used on the door jams and such?
Is any standard 3 or 3.5 inch screw ok? I was initially going to use the standard gold screws you get at HD or Lowes. My wife pointed out that black (like sheetrock) would match better. Any reason one is better than another?

Thanks

This, selective window film and a security system are almost to the top of the to-do list.

kevo:
whatever it takes to reach into the studs. sometimes a 3 inch will do just fine.

HOWEVER, installing a door jamb reinforcement product should be on the top of that list too. They are metal and screw in to the inside of the door jamb. This is where you would also use the longer screws. The reason for this is that the door jamb where the lock is really only supported by less than 3/4 inch of wood. This reinforcement adds metal to that.

Also, I'd look for some stronger hardware. There are 3 grades they sell at the big orange or blue box stores. Grade 1, 2, and 3. I'd suggest to go with Grade 1 if you're going to shop at the big boxes.

soupbone:
While you are at it, look for security hinges - they have a pin on one arm that fits into a hole on the other, so when the door is closed, it is locked into the door frame. Those, and a deadbolt lock should secure your doors fairly well. If you install a deadbolt lock, however, do not use a double key lock - You, or someone else, may have to get out in a hurry, and Murphy guarantees the inside key will be unavailable, broken or missing.

soupbone

soccer grannie:

--- Quote from: soupbone on March 12, 2013, 02:54:06 PM ---If you install a deadbolt lock, however, do not use a double key lock - You, or someone else, may have to get out in a hurry, and Murphy guarantees the inside key will be unavailable, broken or missing.

soupbone

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For a few years, we lived in a house that was built in 1910. The front door had a window type glass half way down it. We installed a deadbolt that required a key to open from the inside. In order to always have a key handy (other than the ones on the key rings) we attached a key to a cord and hung it within reach of the door but not in reach of someone who might break the glass trying to break in. If we had anyone stay overnight, we always told them about the key in case of emergency.

creuzerm:
I'd suggest not using those black sheetrock/deck screws. I don't know how many of them I've twisted the heads off of while putting them in. I think they are untempered high carbon or something. Very hard, but easy to snap.

The gold screws seem stronger to me for this application. You are more likely to strip out the head. They bend a lot further without breaking like the black ones do.

The strongest screws I've found are the blue concrete screws. They go into wood just fine and are very strong.

A bit of paint on the head before you install them may help hide the color missmatch.

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