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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely securely locks the door so that an intruder would have to break the door to get in, but another hole was needed, December 4, 2013
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I'm using this as a lock for my front door. Instead of buying a kit, I bought individual pieces because the kit didn't have what I needed, like the Z bracket and a fingerprint reader, but did have stuff I didn't need like cheap power adapters and wireless entry.

I managed to get a perfect alignment of the armature plate mounted to the Z-bracket and this magnet mounted to the trim above my door. I first removed the trim, added extra wood behind the trim, and used many long nails to secure the trim so it wouldn't come off if somebody tried to force their way in. The magnet goes on the trim above the door, and the Z-Bracket goes on the door, but needs to be mounted level with the trim, so I added another piece of wood to my door as well to bring the mounting position of the Z-bracket level with the magnet. By getting it all aligned properly, there's no way anyone would force their way in without breaking the door. This magnet holds the armature in place with far more force than my door could handle.

The only reason I'm docking it a star is that I had to drill a hole in the magnet casing to allow the wires to come through the trim into the magnet without exposing the wires. The provided hole is for mounting the magnet under the door trim instead of on it. That only works if the door opens outwards from the side the magnet is on. My front door is like every house door I've ever seen, and opens inwards, and of course the magnet needs to be on the inside. They could have easily provided another hole for mounting to doors that open inwards without exposing wires to tampering.
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Initial post: Dec 6, 2013 12:01:13 PM PST
Colin Keenan says:
Dec 6, 2013 10:50:06 AM PST Joseph G. says:
"Thank you very much for the detailed review. Although when I read the part about the "...hole was needed..." because of the in-swinging door I found that particular input to be an error on your part. Seco-Larm goes into great detail with their product manuals via pdf files. If you had read through the entirety of the manuals (which should always be done before buying any security product online, thats common sense and I'm sure you knew that) you would see that there is an optional "Z" bracket (with included "L" bracket) that can be purchased for an in-swinging door. No jerry rigging necessary."

Hello Joseph G.

I bought and used the Z-Bracket. That's how I was able to use this magnet on an in-swinging door. The Z-Bracket mounts to the door and holds the armature plate up to line up with the magnet mounted to the trim on top of the door frame. I needed to drill a hole in the casing of the magnet in order to hide the wires coming out of the trim. If I had used the only hole provided, that hole is on top of the magnet and not mounted to anything when the magnet is mounted on the inside top trim. That hole only works when the magnet is mounted under the door frame so that the magnet is hanging into the path of the door. That mounting position doesn't work for in-swinging doors which is why I bought the Z-Bracket.

I don't know if I'm making myself clear, but I had no choice but to drill a hole in the casing of the magnet in order to hide the wiring. I assure you that I read all the documentation I could find in detail as I was ordering a wide range of products to complete this project.
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