Sometimes I take on relevant product review posts. It’s obvious why. I don’t think I need to explain to you that I love me a free gift. and I love talking about it to whoever will listen. Which is why I let out a yeehaw and a did my little ‘ride the pony twirl the lasso’ dance when the fine folks at Schlage offered me a free keypad to test out.
After several arguments…I mean…discussions with Jeremy about the ideal location for this keypad system – we decided that in the long run, we both wanted there to be access to the basement (me for the bathroom in case we were in the backyard and Jeremy so that he didn’t have to walk around the house and trek down the stairs if he wanted something out of the workroom) from the lower patio area. We had just installed new hardware before the wedding, so it was really easy to remove.
Since I was home alone with Will, it was up to me to install this bad boy. Yup – that’s the one I chose. It’s the Camelot Keypad Lock with Flexlock. The absolute best part about this thing is that it is rumored to be UBER easy to install…and it has this thing called Flexlock – which basically means, it can be programmed to lock behind me…so just in case I am being chased by a psychopathic killer, I can run into the house not wasting precious time dealing with slippery keys and once I am in, the door will safely lock behind me so that I have time to arm myself a la Lara Croft in Tomb Raider.
My little assistant insisted that he wears my hat while installing the new hardware. Good thing I dressed him like a boy that day…because had it been a ‘cross-dressing’ day, this photo would totally freak out Jer.
So the rumors were true…the lock was RIDICULOUSLY easy to install. So simple, I think my seven year old nephew could have done it.
And it works great. I love the functionality of it. And the instructions were so simple to program it. Literally childs play. I do think that the color of the ‘oil-rubbed bronze’ left something to be desired. It didn’t look bronze to me at all. More like plain brown. No glint or glimmerishness (totally a word)…and I wish they had made the gold key part match the rest of the unit. But that’s just the picky-aesthetics….I can not complain about the function of it one bit and I will take a brown keypad anyday of the week – especially if it prevents my future potty-training toddler from getting other things brown – if you know what I mean!
And yes, I was able to install the entire thing in less time than it takes for Will to slow down from two big pushes on our swing. That’s fast.
The other hardware that lived on this door got relocated to the upstairs kitchen. This door didn’t have a matching set before so now I’ll get to enjoy new hardware in both spots.
Also, since the keypad eliminates the need for a deadbolt – we decided that we already had the hole for it so we would install it for when we go on vacation. No harm in extra security! So the old deadbolt from upstairs in the kitchen was removed and got a quick spritz from our oil-rubbed bronze spraypaint can. So that will go above the key pad in the hole currently stuffed with a plastic Lowes bag.
So there you have it – the pros, the cons, and the what-we-did-details for our new door hardware.
Anyone else out there using a keyless entry? Does it change your life? I imagine the feeling to be able to access your inside without digging for keys or hunting them in a packed purse or having to walk around the house just to visit the loo can only be likened to being given a bag of flying fairy dust…it’s totally magical 🙂
p.s. BIG storage project coming today…totally ending this year with a bang…and yes, it was caused by a hammer 🙂