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Schlage BE365VPLY505 Plymouth Keypad Deadbolt, Bright Brass
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186 of 188 people found the following review helpful
This keypad deadbolt is a great replacement for a standard deadbolt. Here's what I like about it:

1. This product is a deadbolt that you can lock and unlock without a key. Instead, you enter a 4 digit password to lock and unlock the door. Using a code to unlock the door is much faster and easier than fumbling for keys. Also, you'll never be locked out unless your forget your code.

2. If you have a deadbolt on your door, you can easily remove it and install this deadbolt using a regular screwdriver.

3. You can set multiple codes (at least 5) to allow friends to access your home. You can easily delete the codes later when access is no longer required. Codes are set up using a 6 digit master password (which can be used to add and delete 4-digit access codes, but not to lock or unlock the door).

4. You can lock the door without the code. Just press the rectangular Schlage button (at the top) and turn the knob to the right, and your door is locked. You will still need a valid code to unlock the door. This makes locking up when you leave very convenient.

5. This lock can be made "bump-proof." Bumping is a relatively new, and very easy way to pick most deadbolts. It can be done in about 10 seconds and renders most current locks worthless as security devices. If you want to know more, search the internet for "bump key" and you'll be horrified at what you see. If you take this deadbolt to your locksmith before installing it and tell him to disable the key mechanism, your deadbolt will be completely resistant to bumping (and keys). I haven't used a key to get into my house since I've installed this.

6. The keypad is backlit, but only if you push the schlage key before you enter your code.

7. The unit uses a standard 9-volt battery. I've had mine for more than a year and haven't needed to replace it.

8. The one feature that I wish this deadbolt had was time based entry rules. I'd love to create a password which only works during certain hours, so that a housekeeper could access the house on a certain day or at a certain time. Alas, nothing is perfect...
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84 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2010
I bought this locally (Lowes) and installed this for my front entry, with a dual knob/deadbolt set for my rear door and another keyless locking door knob for my garage entry door. Before installation I had the locksmith at the local hardware store key them all to the same key. The silicone coated buttons look very durable, even without a storm door protecting them.

Another application of this product is for homes with the elderly, who if incapacitated, can't open the door for emergency services (fire, police). Having a dedicated code that EMS can use saves them precious time in getting to the resident.

Replacing an existing Yale dead bolt with this was very simple, the instructions were relatively easy to follow. All that was needed was a screwdriver. Installation instructions are available on Schlage's web site, so you can see what is involved before you buy.

The lock comes ready to use with two unique user codes and a unique programming code, all of which can be erased and set to one of your own. You can also disable a user code and re-enable it later, or disable all of them (e.g. going on vacation, disabling the maid service's unique code). You can also turn the beep on and off, and disable the quick method of outside locking in case you have curious children (it then requires a valid user code to lock from the outside). You can essentially disable the keypad entirely if you're going away. Due to the design, if you're the only one with a key, then no third parties can gain entry while you're away.

I haven't had this installed long enough to attest to battery life, but the product is supposed to flash the "Schlage" button in red, then green if the battery is low, or flash red repeatedly if the battery needs immediate replacement. An added convenience for me is that you can change the PROGRAMMING code for these, so that mine are programmed with the same code of my own choosing. If you forget all of this for some reason, the lock can be reset to the factory codes if you have access to the internal lock (don't throw out those installation sheets, and keep them in a secure location like a firebox).

The finish (bright brass, 505) matches those mandated by my HOA, Schlage claims to warranty the finish for lifetime, but for me the lock is behind a Pella storm door anyway.

One of the best features isn't in the lock at all. These products come with a new, two-part strike plate with 4" screws ... one of the most important upgrades you can make to your entry door security! Many home intrusions are accomplished by "kick-in" entry, in which the door is simply kicked in and wimpy strike plates with 1" screws (a favorite of cheap builders) break through the door jamb with minimal force. No burglary tools required (other than a heavy boot). All the Schlage lock sets that I've bought this week come with screws which penetrate the jamb, frame, and perhaps even the adjacent stud, securely anchoring the strike plate and making the door virtually impervious to kick-in intrusion.

Yes, you can go buy a stronger strike plate, and 3" screws, at your local hardware store for less. If you do NOTHING ELSE, do that. Though the Schlage door reinforcement strike and cover strike were nice, I set them aside (I actually used the reinforced strike as a shim underneath the latch strike for my keyless door knob lock) and used a more secure "box strike," bought locally.

"Lock bumping":

Some reviews have complained that you can't make this lock secure against "key bumping." The "bump" meme seems to me less of a worry, as a burglar would have to possess just the right type of key to match this lock. (It's a little more of a worry in an office or apartment building where all the locks are undoubtedly the same make/model.) But you may be able to make this bump-free -- just take the lock before installation to your locksmith and have the key cylinder disabled (instead of rekeying all locks to the same key). Voila -- you're bump-proof. (Schlage Customer Service strongly discourages this, warning that it could void the warranty if done improperly.) But then you can't open the lock without the 4-digit code; if the battery goes dead, you're out of luck.

UPDATE: the "Schlage" button will flash red, then green if the battery is low, or flash red repeatedly if the battery needs immediate replacement. A regularly used Schlage digital lock on my garage entry door worked off a single battery for 3 1/2 years before requiring a replacement.

Best to leave a conventional keyed lock elsewhere on your home (mine is in the rear, which has less visibility) - you can make THAT lock a high-security, more difficult to pick or bump model, like those from Schlage (Primus) or Medeco (M3). After reading the original "lock bumping" white papers by Barry Wels and Marc Tobias, I'm not concerned about bumping, as it is more difficult than many Internet (and marketing) fearmongers proclaim.

"Lock override":

There has been confusion in other reviews/comments about the "lock override" instructions in the Troubleshooting section of the installation instructions. I've tried this ... it disconnects the DIGITAL KEYPAD function from the deadbolt so that ONLY THE KEY will open the deadbolt. This "override" does not disable the keyed cylinder. To do that, consult with a locksmith. (Some suggest inserting a blank key and breaking it off in the cylinder. No, no, no, this is a bad idea IMHO.)

A persistent reviewer here has touted the Sunnect AP501 keyless deadbolt (I've linked to the one with the same finish as this one). It looks like a great product: it uses a digital key, and comes with a "box strike" for the door jamb. Worth looking into, but ... it costs more than twice the cost of this, and the box strike will perhaps require more installation work. Set your budget and make our choice.
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
on May 31, 2007
I selected this version of the keypad lock because it did not use a little electric motor to move the bolt. I felt that that motor might wear out or get effected by weather (it gets COLD in northern Illinois). The Schlage uses the keypad to engage a manual turned hand key, similar to the way you lock a deadbolt inside. This hand turned method is much better than the battery powered motor in my case because the door has a soft weather stripping. The door must be pulled to compress the weatherstrip before the bolt will slide into place.

A little bonus, the keypad lights up.

Installation was fine, but then again I enjoy that type of thing. It came already programmed with two codes and I did not bother to change them or add others. Very sturdy materials, easy to use, simple to operate and looks like it will last. Of the similar options this has all the features I wanted.

Recommended.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2013
Got it...love it...local locksmith put it on for $80.........fit right into the previous keyed bolt deadlock hole.........you can enter 19 different codes and any code can be deleted in seconds. Comes with the 9 volt battery. Did lots of research on various type....called the Schlage Company....talk about helpful and customer service. This is my second one...ordered one 3 weeks ago, had it installed...BRAVO ordered another one. When you open the box be sure to KEEP the "factory" program code which is imprinted on a sticker (you can't miss it as it is on top).....this is important...you might never need it but then again you'll be up a creek if you don't have it and do need it. Reliable? Hey the company has been around a looooooooooooooong time...plus the locksmith told me it was first class. BTW...if you are wondering the difference in description...same lock but it has a "V" in the model number....that means visible which is important to vendors selling the item in a retail store (you can see it). Like I could care and actually wanted it in a box not plastic sealed. Price ?? Amazon had the best price beat by at least $15.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2013
The faceplate has 5 raised "teeth" meant to bite into the door so the unit doesn't move. Great if you have a wood door, but mine is metal and the teeth prevented the outside plate from sitting flush on the door. This really hacked me off. There are no warnings of this on the package and no gasket provided that would allow one to install this on a metal door without modification. After filing off the teeth the plate sits flush and the unit works, but this was time poorly spent. BTW, metal doors are fairly common these days, and a 3 cent gasket could be provided to prevent this problem. Are you listening, SCHLAGE?!
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2013
Great lock but the keypad needs a cover* to protect it from sunlight and abrasions. The soft plastic buttons, which stick out, are too fragile to be left out in the open. The number 4 button got knocked off and the Schlage button is hanging by a thread. The printed numbers are also wearing off. Will try to contact Schlage to see if they'll replace it.

*A hinged cover or a sliding door cover would be a simple fix.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on February 25, 2009
This thing is SLICK! I was worried about seeing the numbers in the dark and without my glasses on, but the keypad is well lit and easy to use. After maybe a 10 minute learning curve, I'm up and running with my new entry code. My husband said it was easy to install, even though we didn't have a deadbolt before and he had to drill new holes, but if you are replacing an old unit, it'll slide right in. We're going to get another one for the garage service door.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 22, 2007
I have had this deadbolt for bout a year and I love it. It is th best one that I have come across (and yes - the most expensive - but you get what you pay for). It is eye-catching rather than an eye-sore. Be careful, some of the cheaper competitor's models have a plastic back that is very unappealing for a main door. The unit is smaller than many by requiring only a 9 volt battery because it does not lock/unlock the deadbolt for you. You do it manually.

Pros:
1) Appealing design (front and back - no plastic)
2) Smaller than most (due to use of 9v battery)
3) Keypad lights up when you touch it for nighttime entry
4) Never get locked out. Give the neighbor a temporary code to get in.

Cons:
1) Pricey ut you get what you pay for
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on October 8, 2012
I took the lock out of the box and 'played' with it following the instructions to make sure I know how it'll work. Sure enough, it seemed pretty easy to put the 4 main components together (center bolt, front plate w/ the buttons, back plate, and then back cover). I was able to follow the instructions to re-program all the codes that came with the unit.

The next day, the actual installation took all 10 min. In fact, removing the existing deadbolt was harder than installation of the new one. Luckily, the existing hole in the door was perfect and no extra work needed [the deadbolt that was there was also a Schlege].

The fit and finish was very good. I've to see if it works any worse in the winter, which can get to 0F here. Another poster mentioned it didn't work in the cold so I'm a little wary. Also, I wonder whether the unit gives the warning when the battery goes low. It'd bad to lose function unexpected.

One thing about using the key. It's a little difficult to pull out the key after locking or unlocking with it rather than using the keypad. It might be something I need to get used to over time.

Update after 1 month: I am EXTREMELY Disappointed because the combo function became unresponsive out of the blue one morning. This is after at most 10 uses since I was out of town all but 1 week during the entire month. It's not the battery (has plenty of life in it and I also tried another battery). Luckily I had the key or else I'd have been locked out. I don't know if it's because the weather was cool & humid (early Oct in the Northeast) and there was condensation on the lock which may have seeped inside the covers. Given this is an exterior lock, you'd think it should withstand weather like this. My door is under a porch so it's not like rain pours on it.

Word of advice: Carry your keys or hide it somewhere just in case the lock dies on you. That's what I'm doing from now on.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2011
I purchased three of these locks to replace existing Kwikset deadbolts (installed in 1981). The hole spacing requirement (center to center) for this Schlage electronic deadbolt is not compatible with older doors which were drilled for the Kwikset lockset and deadbolt combination. Instead of a 10 minute install, it took close to two hours per door because I had to enlarge the hole for the deadbolt to keep it from interfering with the mounting ring on my Kwikset lockset. Even after I modified it, they still touch and I could not tighten any screws until I forced the deadbolt higher. This is dumb engineering, there was no reason for the assembly to encroach on the area used by the lower handle. They obviously did not try this on any existing doors. It works find if you are drilling your own holes in a new door.
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