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

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Mexican_Hippie:
Don't use the sheetrock screws they seem to break easily.

I disagree on the double key lock.  If you keep a key nearby the door but not within arm's reach it will be fine.

Dawgus:
I have to agree on NOT using a double key deadbolt; and I have two instances as to why. 1-I had a neighbor die in a house fire because (assumed) he couldn't locate the key from the smoke. He was found in front of the door and the key was still hanging just a few feet away. 2-an elderly friend lost her key that fit both the side and front doors. Her daughter (who was on vacation) had the spare, and she needed to get out to go to the store. I forget what the locksmith charge was, but it was certainly more than another spare key.
 It's easy to forget that while added security will make it harder for someone to get in, it can equally make it more difficult to get out.

kaiserb:

--- Quote from: Mexican_Hippie on April 01, 2013, 02:56:05 PM ---Don't use the sheetrock screws they seem to break easily.

I disagree on the double key lock.  If you keep a key nearby the door but not within arm's reach it will be fine.

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Sheetrock screws have very little shear strength which is what is needed for a door jamb.   You may want to look at the exterior structural construction screws.  I used deck screws for all of my doors and they are rock sold.    Dont forget to put an aluminum or steel backing plate all the way down the door jamb on the latch side as that will bind the frame together and prevent kick-ins.

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