Selecting and Installing Magnetic Locks
Magnetic locks provide a way of locking a door without the use of a key. Magnetic locks automatically lock a door while there is a power charged to them. When the power is lost, however, the automatic locking is released, causing the door to open.
Choosing a Magnetic Lock
Carry out your research before choosing your magnetic lock. There are many different makes of magnetic locks on the market. To ensure you purchase the correct lock for your needs, review the features of various locks. Always read the reviews of the locks prior to making your purchase and make sure that your lock is insured. Purchase a lock that will be strong enough to hold the weight of the door. Some locks pull different weights, so always ensure you have purchased a suitably sized lock.
The Benefits and Features of a Magnetic Lock
There are many advantages of magnetic locks that you do not find in a normal lock. They add additional security, as they cannot be picked with sharp items, preventing unwanted access from thieves. The additional key codes add further security. It is very simple to install a magnetic lock, as they do not have any additional parts to attach. By attaching your magnetic lock to your electricity system, your lock will be added to your normal electrical source.
Tools and Materials Required to Install Magnetic Lock
- Magnetic lock
- Sticking/adhesive sheets
- Strike plate
Step 1: Positioning the Lock
Always install your lock on the inside section of the door. When you open a door, the majority of doors swing away from you, moving in the direction of the room you are travelling to. If your door moves in a different direction, adjust the position of your magnetic lock accordingly.
Step 2: Attaching Sticking Sheet
You will be provided with 2 sticking sheets with the purchase of your magnetic lock. Attach 1 sticking sheet to your magnetic lock. Attach the second sticking sheet to your door frame. Follow the instruction sheet when attached the sticking sheets so that they are installed in the correct place.
Step 3: Attaching Strike Plate
Attach the strike plate using a strong bolt, such as a barrel nut, also known as a sex bolt. Slot the sex bolt through the plate and fasten it tightly to the other side of the door.
Step 4: Securing Magnet
You need to attach the magnet to the head of the door frame. Drill a hole in the door and attach the magnet using bolts or screws. Ensure that these are tightly in place to keep the magnet secure.
Step 5: Linking the Lock
The lock needs power to operate. Link the lock up to your regular electricity system. This will ensure that the lock is supplied by power at all time, although this will increase your regular electricity bill. A plug-in socket will also provide electricity to allow your lock to operate.
Note: Always remember that magnetic locks de-activate when they are not connected to power, so ensure that they are supplied with electricity at all times to ensure the safety of your home or business.