~Trust in Yale~
Yale are a brand that I know well and have trusted over the years as being of a good quality when it comes to home security. The product I am reviewing here replaced a very similar Yale lock that had been happily working for a good number of years before failing and requiring replacement. I turned to Yale to look for a replacement lock and am happy to say that the product picked out remained working for a good length of time once fitted in place. Upon inspecting the components of the lock system I would say all the moving and non moving parts seemed well made and fitted together well, so as make a good connection once fitted in place.
This Yale night latch was something that I had fitted at a previous home when the locks on an exterior wooden door needed replacing. At the time of having had this fitted I felt that as it was very similar to the lock it was replacing it would do a fair job at keeping access via that particular door at least as secure as it had been with the previous lock. I recall that this lock was easy to fit in place (although I didn't fit it myself) as it was simply swapped with the older defective lock and then slotted into the space that the other lock left behind. I would have perhaps picked out a slightly different lock had the space available been bigger or easier to adapt, as I feel this lock only offered a basic degree of security when compared to the 7/ 8 lock and bolt system on the newer doors I have now.
The lock barrel worked well enough once in place and didn't stick too much when new, although I recall that a little silicone spray was added at the fitting stage, so as to help the key turn more easily once in place which seemed to make the barrel work better. The lock has a night latch system which has a press down button on the main body of the lock that I feel always worked as it could once the lock and all components were fitted in place. This lock is suitable for doors of a variety of sizes/ thickness from 38mm to 57mm and whilst I cannot recall the exact measurement of the door this was used with I can say that it fitted well and worked as it should.
In use I had this lock fitted along with a further slide style lock that could be operated from lower down the main body of the door in question and I feel that the combination of the two products worked well enough. I would say that this lock offers a basic level of security when used as a stand alone item, although it can be helped with the addition of a further look for extra security or a slide style bolt system if wanted. The cost of this lock is no more than £17/£18 which I feel is more than fair for it, as it is quite a basic lock. You can still buy this product from a number of outlets at the same price which I feel offers good value for a basic lock system ( as this includes everything required to use and set up the lock including the main body, barrel and 2 keys).
I didn't have any problems with this lock that I had in use for some time, although I do feel there are better safer locks you can buy which may be a more secure option on a new door. As I had to replace a broken system with the same size and style of lock I opted for this one, as it was the easiest option at the time. I would like to give this lock a mid way 3 star product rating as whilst I had no issues with it when it was in use, I do feel that had I been able to opt for something more substantial I would have done, as I did have to fit other safety products to the door in order to feel that everything was safe and secure.
Door Lock / Night Latch Type: Traditional Latches / Medium security lock. Suitable for external applications. Supplied with 2 keys and fixings. Bronze finish. Features: Suitable for Timber & Glass Panelled Doors / Snib Function Enables Latch to be Held. Specifications: Suitable for doors 38-57mm thick. W x D x H: 72 x 73 x 102mm.