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Old 01-09-2010, 09:55 PM   #1
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I know that doors can get kicked in so easily because there's really only about an inch of wood beyond a striker plate. My question is, can't door jambs be made longer? Instead of 1x2, how about a 1x4 or even a 1x6? Why isn't something like this common practice?

Better yet, are those door jamb armor kits better than using beefier wood?

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Old 01-09-2010, 10:27 PM   #2
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I know that doors can get kicked in so easily because there's really only about an inch of wood beyond a striker plate. My question is, can't door jambs be made longer? Instead of 1x2, how about a 1x4 or even a 1x6? Why isn't something like this common practice?

Better yet, are those door jamb armor kits better than using beefier wood?

Thanks.
Questionable terminology and misinformation aside, jambs can be reinforced. Proper shimming and longer, stronger screws into the rough framing will do the trick. but no wood frame will keep out a stupid, determined thief. Stupid ,because it's easier and quieter to go through a rear window. All it takes is a small pry bar and less effort than it takes to open a Corona beer.
My father used to say, "Locks were made for honest people."
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You can get any level of security you want with your door. It just costs more and more as it becomes more secure.

For starters you can get a "commercial grade" deadbolt like Schlage which would be sold only at a locksmith (not at retail stores). These have longer throws, and there is a very sturdy metal recepticle for the bolt which mounts way back into the jamb/stud. And very long strong screws which go well past the jamb and into the stud.

Like this...
http://professional.schlage.com/what...t_exploded.jpg

More...
http://professional.schlage.com/what...B500Series.asp

Or you can get a metal door and metal jamb. How about these...
http://www.npm-sinoph.com/technical.aspx

http://www.cashguardsystems.com/prod03.htm

http://www.zefyrgroup.com/strataform/intro.htm

And then can always mount a metal screen on the outside...
http://www.dgiron.com/securitydoors.html

http://www.apexfilms.ca/decorative-s...oor-screen.htm
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