Have you ever thought about who has keys for the locks on the doors of your new house?
After all there are lot’s of tradies working on the house after ‘Lock Up’ stage.
Well these days most builders use Construction Locks, sometimes called Project, locks. These are a special type of lock which comes with two types of key:
The Construction Keys
Standard pattern ‘master’ keys which are given to all the tradies, who can with a single key enter any of the builders houses under construction
The Final Key
These are the keys which is given to you at handover. Once you use this key it displaces some ball bearings in the lock which should mean the Construction key will no longer work.
Some of the things you should know about Construction Locks are:
Before the end of the handover you should make sure you use the Final Key in every door lock in the house. check each lock with all the keys you are given. This will ensure that:
Every lock will be changed to only open with the final key. (It’s worth borrowing the site supervisors key to make sure his key no longer works)
All the locks, and keys work properly.
The locks the builder uses are unlikely to be expensive/high quality.
Although the construction key won’t work there will be a limited number of final key combinations for this type of lock. If you want in increased level of security it could be worth getting a locksmith to re-key the locks as soon as possible. The cost is going to be around $60-80/lock plus a call out fee.
Most internal doors these days are of lightweight composite construction. Basically a light timber framework with two hardboard ‘skins’ and a cardboard honeycomb filler.
Not the best thing is you have got teenagers who love slamming doors !
These type of doors are really inexpensive……………..
I recently replaced a damaged door and the door cost less than $50 and came primed, complete with hinge plates. and with a latch already fitted.(Many builders now buy door frames with hinge plates already fitted and the doors are installed by just pushing a hinge pin into place.)
The question for you when specifying your new house is:
“Although the standard internal door is cheap is it the best door for me?”
Here are a just 3 of a wide range of doors available at my local DIY store.
A couple of low additional cost alternatives to the basic painted door that I believe are worth thinking about are:
A veneer face, typically maple.
A formed panel skin.
Getting a stronger internal door such as a solid door can have the following advantages.
Lower noise transmission…………good for home theaters and to isolate the laundry noise.
Fire Safety……….good for kitchen doors and internal doors to the garage.
Storage……….easier to install hooks on.
Just remember though that if you want a particular look you can get it, but the cost could be $300 or more per door which can add up if you upgrade every door in your new house.
What type of internal doors do you like ?
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