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Yale is a name I had always thought of as being a quality brand when it came to home security so was very pleased when my land lord fitted this Yale lock to my front door twenty months ago replacing the securit one that was on there that I thought was a poorer brand.
This isnt as you can see from the picture above the most attractive looking lock and had I chosen one my self it would have been a brass one rather than this quite ugly looking one but that is just cosmetic and as long as the lock works then it isnt really a big issue.
As I said above the lock was fitted twenty months ago and worked fine to start with, it works like a standard lock and you can push the button down on it once the door is shut to dead lock it of a night stopping it being opened with the key and by using the same button you can put it on the latch as I call it to stop it locking so you can have the door open without locking your self out when you go out to the bins etc.
Around four moths ago the lock started sticking when I opened it and the latch was sticking in so the lock didnt shut, I tried wd40 to stop this happening and my father also had a look at the lock to see if he could find the problem but couldnt see anything obvious. After a while it started to stick in the open position too and I was paranoid it would stick when I was out one day and woudnt be able to get back in so had the lock changed a month ago.
For a Yale I would have expected around ten years of use out of the lock not less than two years so this is rather dissapointing as they are not cheap locks compared to other brands. I am unsure if mine was just a one off but I woudnt recomend this lock after my experience with it.
~ A Yale night latch style lock~
This night latch made by Yale was something that had been fitted to a wooden kitchen door at a previous house and whilst I didn't purchase it myself I made use of this lock on an off for a good number of years so as to ensure this door remained securely locked when I was away from home. The look of the lock is simple and not at all fancy as it has a very basic looking finish to both sides of the lock body. I feel that if using this on a back door or a door that won't be your main access point, then the very basic appearance of the lock isn't too much of a let down as it still has a neat appearance (even if it is not overly attractive to the eye).
In use I recall that the bronze toned finish of the lock remained almost as it was at the beginning, with it still looking neat and clean even after a good length of time (which I feel shows the quality of the product was fair). The overall appearance of this lock is very simple and understated as the outer parts of the lock appear just as functional as the lock itself in my opinion. When I first had this lock in use I was supplied with a number of keys for it which may or may not have been the originals that came with it. Over time one of the keys did bend a little as it became more worn with regular use and this had to be replaced.
The actual lock case and striking plate had been fitted to sit well together so that they closed up well once the door was shut, which made a nice secure connection when the key was turned in the lock cylinder. The cylinder had been fitted at some point prior to me taking over the house so I cannot comment on how old this was, although I can say that when it was in use it was slightly hard to turn a key in and became quite stiff and hard to operate after a time. This was helped by some silicone spray which seemed to give the lock cylinder a new lease of life.
The lock was fitted to a wooden style door with a half glass panel and whilst I cannot recall the exact width of the door used with the lock I can say that this product can be used with wooden doors from 32mm to 57mm thick. I would say that the door this was fitted to was of a good thickness so as to offer a good level of security and the lock worked as well as could be expected. This lock is something that can be fitted to a variety of doors in order to improve home security and whilst it worked well, it was further aided by the addition of a locking bolt situated further down the main body of the door, which gave a little extra security in my opinion.
The operation of this lock was something that I found easy enough once the lock cylinder had been treated with a little silicone. The night latch locking button was well positioned and easy to operate when wanting to lock down the door at night as I simply flicked it into place which I found could be done in almost an instant. My overall opinion of this product is that it is very functional and offers a basic level of home security that can be further enhanced with an extra locking bolt further down the door this is fitted to if wanted. I prefer the shoot bolt locking systems that come fitted on newer doors as I feel they offer greater security, although for wooden doors these systems are not always the best option, which means something like this product may be a better choice.
~Price and product rating~
My rating for this product is 3 stars based on the performance of all the parts that make up this lock. I feel this is a functional item which offers a reliable yet basic level of security, with the finish of the lock being as functional as the lock itself is. Prices for this lock seem to start around £19.99 which I feel is fair value for this kind of product. This item is widely available from a good number of both high street and online suppliers at this time.
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 / For Doors 32-57mm Thick. Specifications: Suitable for doors 32-57mm thick. W x D x H: 92 x 66 x 42mm.