In this edition of our lock, locksmith and security blog we review the “Gatehouse Residential Single-Cylinder Motorized Electronic Deadbolt”.
This lock is manufactured off shore and is a very solid design giving Weiser and Schlage electronic deadbolts a good run for the money. Although this lockset is within the same price range as the others we have mentioned, it is actually a superior design to the Weiser PowerBolt that employs the flawed SmartKey type cylinder.
A big plus for this lock brand is the fact that Gatehouse supplies this lock with a solid brass lock cylinder. It is a Weiser keyway and is supplied from the manufacturer pinned to a 5 pin key even though the cylinder can accept and be pinned to a 6 pin key. It can be set up and rekeyed for an existing Weiser, Kwikset, Taymore and other locks that will accept the KW-1 Kwikset type key or key blank. Just as the other manufacturers we’ve mentioned, this lockset requires 4 AA Alkaline type batteries to operate the electronic portion of this lock.
If you decide to install one of these locks on your door you should be aware that, being battery powered, just like any other electronics requiring batteries, eventually they do get weak. This could cause you to be locked out unless you carry the key. A rule of thumb to avoid being locked out due to weak batteries is to change the batteries each time you put new batteries in your smoke alarms. If you follow this guideline, guaranteed you will never be locked out because of weak or dead batteries.
Where Gatehouse has it over the other manufacturers is that they had the forethought to make the portion of this lock that attaches to the facing bored holes adjustable. This lock will fit a door that is prepared for either a 1-1/2 inch or 2-1/8 inch diameter hole in the door facing. The other manufacturers require a 2-1/8 inch hole for mounting to the door and there is no way to adjust that.
This electronic deadbolt meets and exceeds ANSI Grade 2 security standards. The overall design lends itself to allowing replacement of the solid brass cylinder with a high security type lock cylinder like a Scorpion CX5. The bolt backset is adjustable to the two most popular backsets, 2-3/8 inch (60 mm) and 2-3/4 inch (70 mm).
The bolt, when fully extended from the edge of the door measures a full inch in length and contains a tempered and hardened steel core to help circumvent attacks with saws. Has a lighted keypad, low battery warning flashing Yellow LED and allows for up to 10 user programmed entry codes. Available in several different finishes and can also come supplied with a Gripset. For those who are not familiar with the term “Gripset” it is basically a very long type of handle that controls a spring latch which is actuated by your thumb depressing the thumb piece on this lock.
In our opinion, this is a very well built and cleverly designed deadbolt that looks like it can deliver years of service on your door. We highly recommend this deadbolt for its design, durability and simplicity of installation.
Security Article Written by: Toronto Locksmith
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