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|Posté le: Mer 28 Juin - 09:19 (2017) Sujet du message: Retrofitting Narrow Stile Storefront Doors From AdamsRite
Aluminum, narrow stile, glass doors are everywhere! In fact, I've made a mint servicing them over the years. I install continuous hinges on them, rekey the locks in them, replace the thumb turns in them, replace the lock bodies, lubricate them, and install door closers on them. But when it comes to replacing the Adams-Rite Dead Bolt or Hook Bolts with the Adams-Rite Dead Latch, I'm making a great profit for less than two hours worth of work.
So, just how bad is the money? I buy aftermarket parts. The latches are $15, the levers are another $15, the Adams-Rite strike in another $15. Okay - if I am installing a paddle, those run around $30. So, for $50 worth of lock hardware, I get a $65 service call and up to a $295 install. If I have to install a door closer while I'm there, it's another $100 profit. So, gee - this is really bad, right? I quote the job, I get the job, I get half a trip to Cancun out of it. But who the heck wants to go to Cancun, right? I don't.
The big question is this: can you use a drill, a screw driver, and do you know how to thread a drilled hole with a tap? You can.
So, what's the deal? Well, for starters, I hate instruction manuals, especially the ones written in China. So I will tell you right now that installing the Adams-Rite knock-off dead latch is more art than - hmm - science and math.
And why do people want a dead latch anyway? Because they want their storefront glass door to CLOSE BACK AND LOCK every time somebody comes in by key or leaves by lever. And you need to know how to do this and not be like the locksmiths who run from such jobs.
My book, which is full of pictures, tips, and know-how, will get you off and running. No, this book is not a field manual. This is a book you read through three times and then hit the road. The same as my other book, The Locksmith's Lever and Panic Bar Retrofit Book.
I am sorry to say that we will not offer this book in print for a number of valid reasons. You can buy this book, read it on your computer via the Kindle app, or read it on your smartphone or Kindle tablet.
And yes - I include my email address and website information so you can email or even call me.
And do call me! -- Happy hunting! -- You can do this!