A TOUCH OF A SCREWDRIVER CAN OPEN ANY FRONT DOOR
You can have a bunch of kitty cats but your favorite will always be the cat that is a rescue. The worse his circumstances, once you rescue him from a tight spot, that cat will always love you more than any other cat has or will or ever could. He will totally trust you which no cat ever really does.. and you will always love HIM more because you will be filled with compassion for the horror of his plight until you came along
My darling Sparkey (who just finished dinner and asked to be let out as he hates being trapped indoors!) Childhood Trauma. He was only a 10 week old kitten when I first rescued him. He's a big husky 3 year old now --but that day Sparkey had no name except Mr. Unlucky. He was locked inside a house that was empty and had recently been remodelled.
The owner was going to flip the house and wasn't living there.. The place was posh, smelled of cement and marble and a neighbor, walking her dog, heard the cries coming from front door and saw the paws under door rim, grabbing at freedom and ran to inform me, the village cat lady. I raced up there. The only thing moving were these two tiny paws and the only sound a continual, plaintive howling MEOW.
I ran through he back gate, through the entire back garden checking all sides. This house wasn't new but a remodel had given it the tightest best windows Home Depot could offer. No effort could lift one from the outside. No key in my arsenal of past home keys would work on any door and I tried kitchen, front door, all of them.
From ALL SIDES of the house I peered in at my unhappy little customer. Marble floors, icy cold. The kitten, about 3-4 months old, would come to any window where I made noise or tapped. He was very alert and expected me to pick him up at any moment but these were brand new windows. I could have broken one but that's not me. I don't destroy people's costly stuff. Would that mean the kitty's death? I was distraught.
Luckily that day, at my house, down the street, my landlord and I had been pruning trees. I told my landlord who adores animals. What can we do? There's a cat trapped in that house. His little paws are reaching under the front door and I've fed him but he's sill screaming. He wants to be rescued. Dick walked up the street, screwdriver in hand and with a 'FLICK' popped the front door open. I stared in awe. He had stuck the tip of an ordinary screwdriver between the jam and the door itself, in that narrow crack and PUSHED the tongue back and the door was immediately wide open. No sweat. LANDLORD TECH 101!
I grabbed the kitten and beat a hasty retreat. So I know first hand, any door can be popped. And one day when half of our country is jobless and starving, that'll be YOUR front door being popped at 3 am...so read this:
How To Protect Your Family With A Fortified Front Door (found online)
The most common entry point into a home for burglars or attackers is the
front door. Regardless of how many other ways there are to enter a home,
burglars follow the way that we are all accustomed to enter a home.
Therefore, it behooves any homeowner who wants to protect their home from
intruders to make sure that their front door is fortified against entry.
You may be sitting there saying, “No problem, I’ve got a deadbolt.” Well,
let me and my boots pay your home a visit, and I’ll show you how one quick
kick can eliminate that deadbolt and open your door. A single deadbolt isn’t
enough to keep anyone out, except little children and obnoxious salesmen.
To ensure that nobody can get in your front door takes much more than a
deadbolt. You need several points of attachment to ensure that your door
can’t be broken into. So put that deadbolt in, but don’t stop there; add two more.
To get the most out of your deadbolts, you need to spread them out. If they
are close together, the wood door frame can break out in one place. By
separating them, putting one near the top of the door and one near the
bottom, any attacker has to break three separate deadbolts out, not just
Since you’ll only use the other two deadbolts when you are home, you can
install them in such a way as to not be visible from outside the door,
adding to the surprise when they can’t just kick your door in. To do this,
cut out the opening for the deadbolt, but don’t go all the way through.
You’ll still have a 1/4 inch hole where the pilot bit goes through, but that can be
plugged and sanded smooth.
Another important part of installing your deadbolts is to make sure that
they go all the way through the doorframe, into the home’s framing.
Typically, the door frame is only held in place with a few finishing nails,
so it isn’t very strong. If the deadbolt only goes into the frame, and the
frame doesn’t break, the door and frame can be kicked in together.
This diagram shows the cross section of a typical front door installation.
As you can see, the deadbolt is only going into the door frame, which is
only held in place by a few finishing nails. Six 15 gauge nails are normal
on each side of the frame. The space between the frame and the studs is
typical as well, as most rough door openings are made slightly oversize and
then the door frame is installed with shims.
A longer deadbolt, which goes into the 2”x 4” stud is considerably stronger.
You can also strengthen the door frame itself, by attaching it in more
points. Instead of using finish nails, drywall screws could be used for
added strength. These can then be puttied over and painted, making them
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Hinge Side - Front doors are typically installed with three 3-1/2” hinges. The hinges
themselves are fairly strong, if they are installed with the hinge pin on
the inside (door opening inwards). Older homes may have them installed with
the hinge pin on the outside (door opening outwards).
The weakness in the door’s hinge comes in the way that it is installed.
Typically, they are installed with 3/4” or 1” wood screws. That means that
just like the deadbolt that only goes into the door frame, the hinge screws
only go into the door frame as well. By removing these screws and replacing
them with screws that are at least two inches long, a lot of strength can be
added to the hinge side of the door.
Just as the door frame on the lock side of the door needs to be made
stronger by adding screws that hold the door frame to the studs, this side
too needs to be strengthened. This will help prevent the door and frame from
being kicked out together. There is no reason for installing screws in the
lintel side of the door frame, as that won’t add any strength.
In addition to strengthening the hinge side by changing out the screws,
something akin to deadbolts can be added. Each hinge is typically held in
place with four screws. Remove one pair of screws (the screw into the door
and the matching one into the frame). Drill out the hole in the door and put
in a three inch lag screw, leaving it sticking out of the door 1/2 inch.
Then, cut the head off the screw. Take a grinder, and round off the cut-off
end of the lag screw.
Now, drill out the hole in the door frame side of the hinge slightly larger
than the diameter of the lag screw, so that there is enough room for it to
enter. That means a 1/4” lag screw will need a 3/8” hole and a 3/8” lag
screw will need a 1/2” hole.
A determined criminal, on finding that they can’t just kick the door in,
might try and cut the door around the lock and deadbolt. This can easily be
thwarted by putting steel rods into the door. These rods should be installed
above, below and between the door lock and deadbolt. Then, if they try to
cut through the door, their saw will hit the steel rod and stop, probably
dulling the blade.
You can buy steel rod in pretty much any hardware store or building supply
center. The harder part is to find the extra-long “aircraft” drill bits. You
could do this with a six inch drill bit, but a 12 inch one would be better
if you can find it.
Drill holes in the edge of the door in the desired locations. These holes
need to be as deep as practical, but not hit the raised panel area of the
door. Cut off sections of the steel rod that are just a touch shorter than
the depth of the hole, and glue them in place. Once the glue is dry, cover
the holes with a little bit of putty, sand, and paint. This will hide the
work you’ve done.
Everything You Need To Know To Keep Your Home And Family Safe.
Glass panels are the bane of many a modern door. You can do the best
security job there is, but if there are glass panels, all anyone has to do
is break the glass and they can reach through to open the door.
The ability to reach through these windows can be easily eliminated by
putting wrought iron gratings over the windows. Then all they can do is
break the glass. Even if they break it, they can’t reach through and open
If the door has sidelights, the same thing should be done for them as well.
The area near the door locks needs to have the bars of the grating close
enough together to prevent anyone from getting their hand through. Farther
away from the door locks, they only need to keep people from crawling
through the window.
Bar the Door
Have you ever seen a movie where they had to bar the castle door to protect
against the battering ram? There’s a reason why they did that. It’s because
it’s really hard to get through a barred door. Well, you can bar your door,
just as well as they can bar the castle door.
All you need is a 4”x 4” that’s long enough to cross your door and get to
the studs and some brackets. You’ll probably have to make the brackets
yourself out of 1-1/2” or 2” strap steel. Be sure to mount them into studs
and not just into trim or drywall. I don’t care what type of mounting
hardware you use, if you just mount them into drywall, they you may as well
not bother. On the other hand, if the brackets are mounted into studs with
two inch lag screws, then they won’t be able to break it loose.
A door that’s prepared in this way can still be broken, but instead of using
a boot, or even an improvised battering ram, they’re going to have to drive
a car through it. Most assailants won’t want to bother doing that, unless
they are extremely desperate. Common criminals will definitely avoid it, as
they don’t want to leave that much evidence behind.
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