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    How to choose the best smart lock to protect your home.

    September 20, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Tuesday, September 20, 2022

    Secure Schlage smart lock | Schlage

    Here are some things to consider when choosing the best smart lock for your home.



    Technology moves fast, and smart homes are getting more and more advanced by the day. Smart home ecosystems can be intricate or easy, depending on how tech-savvy you are and which devices you need in your space. Regardless of what you prefer, Schlage smart locks are compatible with multiple smart home devices and ecosystems for your best hands-free comfort and protection. Here are some things to consider when choosing the best smart lock for your home.
    Woman leaving home to walk dog after locking front door with Schlage smart lock.

    Enhance your smart home

    What smart devices are already in your home? Which smart features are your favorite? If you’re already using automated smart home devices but unsure of which door lock is best for your system, Schlage is a smart bet. Before purchasing a new smart device, think of the smart ecosystem already in your home and its compatible brands. Schlage works with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and Alexa, making it a trusted partner in most smart home automations and advancements.

    Identify security features

    When choosing a smart lock to protect and secure your home, look for extra security features. Some Schlage smart locks feature an audible built-in alarm that is triggered by tampering or attempted forced entry. We always recommend exterior door hardware with its own security protection, but more importantly, think of your home’s location and any existing security measures. What smart devices or features will bring your peace of mind full circle?


    Schlage locks offer customizable auto-lock technology, so you’ll know your door is locked, even when you’re away. You can choose to program your smart deadbolt to automatically lock behind you, setting the timing for anywhere from 30 seconds to 4 minutes. This makes your home safer and gives you peace of mind.

    Consider ease of access

    You have a variety of secure options for keyless entry and sharing access with guests. Choose to give access seamlessly through the Schlage home app on your smartphone with virtual keys. Or, if you prefer not to use your smart phone, there is always the option of granting unique access codes for the touchscreen keypad. Before choosing a smart lock for your home, know the difference between Schlage smart locks and the features to best accommodate your household.

    Discover remote capabilities

    Locking and unlocking your door with a smartphone adds major convenience to your life, especially when you can do it from anywhere. A smart lock can provide peace of mind with the ability to check the status of your lock at any time, from any place. Be sure to know the remote access capabilities of a smart lock and how to integrate it in your home and lifestyle before purchasing. Keep in mind, some smart locks need an extra hub to enable communication with your phone via WiFi and integrate with other smart devices. Simplify by choosing a lock with built-in WiFi, such as the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt or Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt.

    Know the smart lock's battery life

    Before installing a new smart lock, learn what to expect from it—about how long will the batteries last? Do you need a Bluetooth or Z-Wave compatible device to match your preferred smart home system? How may the deadbolt’s technology and amount of use affect its battery life? These are all important things to consider, but the most important thing is to look for locks with clear low battery warnings.


    With Schlage, you can check the status of your battery at any time through the Schlage home app. Additionally, you will automatically be warned of a low battery through the lock’s touchscreen keypad long before your battery fails. If you’re upgrading your smart lock, we recommend the Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt—our newest, most advanced smart lock, powered by AA batteries and WiFi. No matter which smart lock you choose for your home, count on our products to warn you of low battery weeks before losing power. And if your [digital key] device dies or you don’t change the battery to your lock in time, all our locks come with a backup mechanical key. With Schlage, you'll never need to worry about locking yourself out of the house again.

    Trust before you buy

    For the most secure locks on the market, let the BHMA residential grading system speak for itself. BHMA is a board of industry experts who grade the performance of residential door hardware on Security, Durability and Finish. A grade of ‘C’ is good, ‘B’ is better, and ‘A’ is best; ‘AAA’ is the best grade possible in all three categories. The Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt and Schlage ConnectTM Touchscreen deadbolt with alarm were graded AAA by the BHMA and backed by Schlage’s product warranty.


    It’s best to choose a lock supported by its manufacturer with a generous warranty like Schlage. We offer customers a limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty and a limited three-year electronics warranty to the original user. Other manufacturers’ warranty terms can be found on their product packaging or website.


    If you value quality craftsmanship that is meant to last, choose a smart lock (and any other smart home device) manufactured by a brand with a tried and true legacy. For more information on our smart lock offerings and a look at which smart home ecosystems our locks are compatible with, visit


    How to find a reliable locksmith.

    July 29, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, July 29, 2022


    Sometimes it’s best to get professional help when you don’t have a feasible way into your own home. Here's what you need to know before hiring a locksmith.



    Locking yourself out of your house usually makes for a funny story later, but when you’re faced with the problem, it can be infuriating. Our advice: don’t let the inconvenience or uncertainty of hiring a locksmith go to your head. Sometimes it’s best to get professional help when you don’t have a feasible way into your own home.


    Forego the risk of doing it yourself and damaging your expensive door hardware or windows; find a trustworthy locksmith to ease the pressure of your lock-out emergency. If you’re like us, hiring a locksmith is never top of mind until the moment you need one. And as much as we all wish it was a good friend on the job, it’s likely you haven’t met or gotten to know a good locksmith. How do you trust your Google search results?

     Schlage smart lock installation by locksmith.

    Confirm any precautionary measures

    Some states require locksmiths to be licensed or registered. Before reaching out for service, learn whether your state requires locksmith certification for business. If so, ask to see documentation and verify your potential locksmith’s credentials.


    You may be aware that many homeowners’ insurance policies do not cover locksmith fees. In case of times like this, brace for unplanned labor costs ahead of time. We advise you also verify the person you hire is insured to cover losses if your property is damaged during service.

    Look for “green flag” business practices

    Professionalism goes further than a handshake. Make sure a locksmith is thorough in their business practices—do they ask for a signature or identification to log you as a client? Legitimate and experienced locksmiths are known to ask clients for proof of residence/ownership to protect all parties involved in the transaction.


    You should also replace grout if you notice mold or mildew stains. While everyday stains will generally have a brLikewise, they should provide you with valid identification, business cards and a written estimate of the total service cost before or upon arrival. If the number seems low, confirm that it covers all fees such as labor, replacement parts and mileage. Also make sure the company information on their invoice matches that on their business card.


    If you call a locksmith who says it’s necessary to drill your lock and replace it, think about hiring another person. A skilled, legitimate locksmith has invested in the tools and education and honed the skills to unlock almost any door.


    Find a dependable locksmith by asking local friends and family, do a quick Facebook search or Google it if you prefer. Afterward, if your service is good, spread the word and leave a positive review on their website or digital search listing. Someone else will soon appreciate it.


    Remember your good experience in case you need a locksmith for less urgent jobs, too. If you’re rekeying or replacing all door hardware in your home, a trusted locksmith might be worth the investment. Try, sponsored by Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA), only featuring registered professional locksmiths. You may also explore our own resources to find a good locksmith.


    We hope you feel better knowing more of what to look for before you hire a locksmith. What tips do you have for hiring someone trustworthy? Let us know on Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to visit the Schlage Security Center for more tips on keeping your home safe and secure.


    When to replace door locks and other household items.

    July 28, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Thursday, July 28, 2022

    Replace door locks

    It's important to replace household items before they cause too much trouble. Knowing when to upgrade will save you time and money.



    It's easy to put off household maintenance tasks until something breaks or fails to work properly. You might fight with a sticky door lock for years before finally replacing it. You may even wear bulky sweatshirts inside during the winter just to avoid replacing drafty windows. But procrastination can lead to a lot of headaches and added expenses down the road. To keep you comfortable and safe, we've compiled a guide of household product replacement recommendations.
    Woman replacing front door lock with Schlage smart lock.

    Replacing door locks

    The top reason to replace door locks is security. If you've moved into a new home or lost your keys, your property will be at risk until you've updated your locking hardware. Do you have personal staff like housekeepers, nannies, or assistants? Play it safe and replace your locks any time you let a home worker go.


    Security also goes hand in hand with functionality. A lock that's visibly damaged or not latching securely is more than just an annoyance, it could be on the verge of failure. These days, it’s also worth updating just to enjoy the convenience of modern smart technology. Imagine the advantages of having a smart lock that opens with a code and connects with home apps via Wi-Fi.


    If you have decades-old door locks that lack features or don't match with recent renovations, it's time for an upgrade. Schlage provides innovative security solutions that are convenient, reliable, and easy to install. As long as you have a screwdriver, it’s simple to change a door lock. Find out more from our how-to center.

    Replacing grout

    Distinguishing between grout that's damaged or simply dirty can be tricky. If your grout is discolored but has no visible abrasions, all you need is a deep cleaning. However, it's time for a replacement if you see cracks, crumbles, or small holes that can let water seep down to your subfloor.


    You should also replace grout if you notice mold or mildew stains. While everyday stains will generally have a brownish color, mold will be more of a black, red, or green color.


    Luckily, you can restore grout (rather than a full replacement) if the damage is confined to a small area. If you notice cracks returning soon after a repair, however, you could have a problem with your subfloor or tile adhesive. That's when it's time to call in a professional.

    Replacing rugs and carpeting

    Rugs and carpets have a habit of overstaying their welcome. While the max lifespan is 10-15 years, we tend to keep them past this expiration date. This leads to dingy carpeting that's overloaded with allergens and stains.


    If you're unsure how old your carpets are, first opt for a professional cleaning. Take note of how the carpeting looks and smells afterward. If stains and odors remain, then it's time for a replacement. Extra scrubbing and cleaning chemicals will only damage the fibers more at that point.


    Even if you're not noticing any unpleasant smells or allergies, replace your rug if it has visible wear and tear. Keep an eye out for excess fraying or burn marks in high traffic areas in front of doors and hallways.

    Replacing sofas or lounge chairs

    A good couch or lounge chair should provide a comfy amount of give for sitting. When the cushions start sagging to the point where lumbar support is lacking, it's time to replace. You should also consider updating your sofas if you notice creaking sounds when you sit. The noise could indicate that there is a problem with the frame or joints.


    The average sofa should last 7-15 years. While we often get sentimental with our favorite furniture, family members will thank you for replacing your old lounge chair before the fabric gets too tattered or stained.


    Another good time to replace your sofa is after a move or renovation. To get the most out of your new space, you'll need furniture that fits with the design scheme. For home style tips, check out our Design & Trends blogs.

    Replacing windows

    Have you noticed your energy bill creeping up higher than normal during the hot and cold seasons? Before replacing your HVAC system, inspect your windows for leaks that are wasting conditioned air. Telltale signs include wind drafts and condensation forming inside the window.


    Of course, you should also replace any window with visible cracks or glass damage. These windows could be on the verge of breaking completely, which could lead to bigger water, mildew, and security issues.


    If it has become tough to open or close your windows, that’s another sign it's time for a replacement. You might also want an update to take advantage of modern window features, which include better sound dampening and UV protection.

    Replacing old doors

    Most people won't think about replacing a door until they have trouble opening or closing it. In these cases, simply updating the hinges could solve the problem. However, you may consider a full replacement if you notice cracking, peeling, and warping.


    Depending on your climate, an exterior door should last around 30 years before a replacement is necessary. You'll know it's time for an upgrade if the door makes the rest of the home uncomfortable. We're talking doors that are drafty, open or shut too hard, or let in too much outdoor sound.


    It's also important to remember that doors play a major role in home security. If a door fails to shut snugly, it will be easier to break down. For more peace of mind, consider upgrading to a fiberglass or vinyl door with an electronic deadbolt.

    Replacing hard flooring

    When it comes to flooring, replacement time depends on the material. For instance, laminate flooring may last anywhere from 15 to 25 years depending on quality and wear. You'll know it's ready for replacement when you notice peeling caused by failing adhesive.


    Tile flooring will be at the end of its life when you see constant cracking. If you have low-quality tile, you'll get about 20 years of service. A high-quality tile product can last as long as 50 years.


    The lifespan of wood flooring also varies based on quality. A low-quality wood flooring will probably last for about 20 to 30 years. If you invest in a high-quality wood floor, you can expect to go 80 years or more before needing a full upgrade. In the meantime, you can simply sand down the wood and refinish whenever too many scratches form.

    Replacing toilets

    If you find yourself taking a plunger to a toilet at least once a week, it's time for an upgrade. You may enjoy a few more years of service with simple ballcock or flush valve repairs. However, excessive replacement parts are another sign that it’s time for a new toilet. For instance, if you have to replace the handle, fill valve, and flapper, then just get a new toilet.


    Another red flag is a crack in the porcelain. Even if you don't notice any leaks coming from the crack, this could be a sign that a full break is coming.


    It's also worthwhile to update your toilet to save water. Modern low-flush toilets use less than 2 gallons of water per flush, which is a major improvement over the 3- and 5-gallon toilets of yesteryear. Replacement will help you save on water bills while being environmentally friendly.

    Avoid expensive household repairs

    To keep your home protected and avoid expensive repairs, it's important to replace household items before they start to fail or become completely outdated. Check out the Schlage blog for more home design and DIY tips.


    Home security steps you should take before leaving for vacation

    June 01, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, June 1, 2022

    Home Security Steps You Should Take Before Leaving for Vacation

    Don't let your home be vulnerable to intruders while you're away on summer vacation this year. Take these 5 home security steps before you leave.




    ‘Tis the season for family vacations and getting away from the daily grind. Maybe you’ve been stuck at home for too long and you’re ready to just go … somewhere. If you're planning a summer vacation this year, take one more worry off your list by ensuring your home is as secure as possible.


    Most homes are targeted by a simple selection process. A burglar chooses a house with easy access, excellent cover and good escape routes, but they will usually bypass one that requires too much effort or poses a high risk. Here are six home security steps you should take before enjoying your relaxing retreat away from home.

    Dog sitting on suitcases before family leaves for vacation.

    1. Look active

    A key part of vacation safety is giving the impression that the home is occupied. Try some or all of these ideas for confusing thieves while you’re gone:


    • Install a smart lighting system that turns on and off at random intervals. You might also opt for motion sensor lighting near your home’s entry points. If you have a family member or friend taking care of pets or plants, ask them to turn different lights on and off throughout the home each time they visit. It’s the same effect of smart lighting but with a more manual approach. Leave blinds and curtains partially open so people can actually see lights turning on and off.

    • Create a “vacation” scene with your smart home hub. You could include locking the door, turning lights on and off, playing music occasionally and adjusting the thermostat. Not only does it make others think you’re still there, but it can help conserve energy and money as well by not leaving them on the entire time.

    • Ask the post office to hold your mail until you return or have a friend or family members pick it up for you. A pile of mail and newspapers on the front porch is a giveaway that the house is vacant. Pause your meal delivery services and other regular drop-offs, too.

    • Arrange for someone – a friend or lawncare service – to maintain the landscaping and cut the grass if you plan to be gone for an extended period of time.

    Bonus tip: Ask a neighbor to put some of their trash in front of your home on garbage night.

    2. Keep out of sight

    Hide valuables and other big-ticket items that would be tempting to intruders peeking through the windows. Stow away one-of-a-kind collectibles, laptops and other electronics in a drawer or closet. You probably can’t hide a television set, so consider leaving blinds and curtains closed for that room.


    Bonus tip: Remember outdoor valuables. Roll your grill into the shed or garage. The same goes for bikes. Also, kids’ toys that lay out in the yard and don’t move all week, while not particularly valuable, can be a giveaway that you’re gone.

    3. Smart locks

    Keyless electronic locks not only make your day-to-day more convenient but offer peace of mind when you're away. If you choose a smart lock, like the Schlage Encode Plus™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, Schlage Connect® Smart Deadbolt or Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt, you can check in remotely and make sure your doors are locked at all times. You can even manage unique user codes if someone needs access to your home while you're away.


    Bonus tip: Choose a smart lock with a built-in alarm that can notify you of a disturbance at the door, especially if you don’t already have a security system.

    4. Cameras

    If being able to check in and see what i’s happening at your home is important to you, consider installing a few WiFi-enabled security cameras. With remote capabilities, you can see any activity at your home no matter where you are in the world.


    Bonus tip: The Schlage Encode lock works with Ring Video Doorbell, so you can see who is at your door via the camera and unlock it remotely for trusted friends, family or service providers.

    5. Garage security

    Don't forget to secure your garage before you go. With a smart garage door opener and keyless technology on entry doors, you can be confident that the garage is not a weak spot for your home. Think how easy it would be for an intruder to pull into the garage, close the door and gain access to the rest of the house, then load their vehicles with your belongings without the neighbors ever seeing a thing.


    Bonus tip: If you have someone stopping by to housesit or water the plants while you’re gone, ask them to park in the driveway instead of the garage to make it more obvious someone’s around.

    6. Unexpected places for safety

    Stopping intruders is usually the leading security concern when we’re on vacation, but it’s not the only thing that affects safety. Now’s a good opportunity to conduct a quick version of your regular home security audit and make sure everything is working properly. You don’t want to come home to an unpleasant surprise, especially if it could have been avoided.


    Check for pipe leaks, test smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries and make sure motion-activated cameras and lights are still positioned correctly. Unplug electronics like your television to help protect them in the event of a power surge during a storm while you’re gone, as well as save on energy. It’s best to leave most appliances like your refrigerator plugged in and at the usual temperature.


    Bonus tip: Make sure your windows are closed and locked securely, even on the upper floors. If you have sliding glass patio doors, install a blocking bar in the track for a bit of extra security.

    You know your own home is secure now. But what about where you’re going? Read up on these security questions to ask before booking a vacation rental.


    Should you tip your locksmith and other home improvement pros?

    May 27, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, May 27, 2022

    Tipping a Locksmith - Schlage

    Keep reading for tipping etiquette when you hire a locksmith and other home improvement professionals.



    There will always be times when you need to bring in the professionals. Your DIY skills might be top-notch, but rewiring your 100-year-old house to get it up to code is prime time to call an expert. Another time? If you’ve locked yourself out of the house, you probably need a locksmith. Once they’ve saved the day, do you tip them? Keep reading for tipping etiquette when you hire a locksmith and other home improvement professionals.
    Cash money and coins laying on marble kitchen counter next to Himalayan salt lamp and green plant.

    Should you tip a locksmith?

    The short answer to whether you should tip a locksmith is that it is not required, but it is appreciated. Unlike restaurant staff, locksmiths don’t rely on tips to make up a bulk of their pay. However, a tip might be particularly appropriate in certain circumstances such as emergency calls late at night, on holidays, when the weather is bad or if they had to travel long distances.


    Other times you should consider tipping your locksmith is if they’ve done an especially good job or worked quickly. It’s good to recognize their expertise by how efficiently they complete a task at or above normal standards. You might also offer a tip if they completed tasks you didn’t request. For example, if you hired a locksmith to replace your deadbolts after moving and they also repaired the hinges on your front door, that’s going above and beyond. A tip is a nice way to say thank you.

    How much do you tip a locksmith?

    When it comes to tipping a locksmith for work on your home, 15% to 20% is generally the standard. That could go up or down depending on the circumstances we mentioned above.


    Remember that a locksmith’s services are helping to protect your home and family. The repercussions of not hiring them can be significantly more costly – replacing an entire door, replacing electronics and other stolen items from your home, loss of peace of mind. A good locksmith is worth the investment.

    Who else should you tip?

    Some of the same “rules” for tipping your locksmith apply to the service providers below. Note that some employees, especially if they work for a larger company or chain, may not be permitted to accept tips. The suggested tip amounts below may change over time or be different depending on where you live.


    Tipping a contractor is not expected, nor is it typically done. Instead of tipping, you could include a clause in the contract agreeing to pay your general contractor a bonus if they complete the job early or under budget. A writer at The Washington Post recommended an occasional breakfast or lunch for the crew as an alternative and motivation to keep the job on schedule.


    Like contractors, tipping a decorator is not customary. They’d likely prefer referrals instead.


    For a typical job, tipping is not expected. If you want to, however, consider $10-20 per painter depending on the size of the job. says one instance when tipping your painter is a must, however, is if you’ve asked them to do something outside the original scope of work, such as touching up scuff marks.


    Tipping a plumber is not necessary. In many cases, your plumber may be the business owner as many of them are self-employed, and tipping the owner is generally not done. Because we think plumbing can be a nasty job, however, consider a 10% tip if you’ve called them for an emergency or on a holiday. They might decline, but it’s good to make the offer anyway.


    Electricians are similar to plumbers in that they’re often self-employed and don’t expect tips. However, if they did something extra or a job took longer than expected, a tip might be appropriate. Consider $20 as a starting point, depending on the situation.

    Yard maintenance

    Tipping regular lawn care workers who mow every week might be a bit much. Instead, you can tip them at the end of the season, usually $20-50 for each crew member. If they go beyond normal duties – trim a hazardous tree branch, for example – you can give them an extra tip.

    House Cleaner

    If you have a regular cleaning person, give them a big tip at holiday time instead of after each visit. suggests a week’s wages.

    Pool professionals

    Regular pool service crews can be tipped at the end of the season, generally a minimum of $100. Professionals who visit for a one-time pool repair do not expect a tip, but you can offer one. For a few hours’ worth of work, consider $20, or more for a longer or more complex job.

    Appliance/furniture delivery person

    The people delivering your new washer/dryer, couch or other large items are doing some heavy lifting. A good rule of thumb is to tip them $10-20. Similarly, the home improvement store employee hauling a large purchase out to your car might appreciate a tip. Consider something around $10, which could very well double their hourly pay, making them extra happy.


    Depending on the size and distance of the move, the most common advice is $20 to $50. Personally, we’ve tipped more than that based on how quick and polite the crew was, as well as whether our belongings were handled without damage.

    Pet Care Worker

    If you have someone who walks your dog or does pet sitting while you’re away, tipping is not customary. You may want to tip, however, if you have a pet with special needs or is difficult to handle. Petful recommends 15% to 20%.

    There are other ways to show service providers how much you appreciate them. Leave a positive review online, either on a website like Yelp or on social media. Refer their services to friends and family as well. Small business owners especially will appreciate your positive word of mouth just as much, if not more, than a monetary tip. Remember them at holiday time, too. A gift card or small gift is a nice way to recognize the continued service of those you hire regularly.


    Hiring a locksmith you trust is important when it comes to keeping your home secure. Use these tips at the Schlage blog for finding a reliable locksmith.


    5 reasons a locksmith is worth the investment.

    May 23, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Monday, May 23, 2022

    Hiring a Locksmith - Schlage

    The decision to hire a professional locksmith can pay for itself in time, convenience and peace of mind when it comes to something as important as helping to secure your home.



    Hiring a Locksmith - Rekey locks - Schlage

    Like most things, the decision to hire a professional instead of employing a DIY solution has its trade-offs. But when it comes to something as important as helping to secure your home, the decision to hire a professional locksmith can pay for itself in time, convenience and peace of mind.


    Schlage locks are easy to install with nothing but a screwdriver and a few minutes’ time. But we’ll also be the first to recommend a licensed, registered locksmith if you need to rekey your locks or are undertaking a big task like replacing all the door hardware in your home. And if you’ve ever locked yourself out and locked your keys in, then you already know how valuable it is to have a relationship with a local locksmith or at least know where to find one. Allegion (maker of Schlage Locks) gives you quick, easy access to a registered professional with this online locksmith locator tool.


    Here are the 5 top reasons to invest in a locksmith:

    1. Convenience

    A licensed, registered locksmith will have the tools and the expertise to handle almost any challenge, 24/7, 365 days a year. You’ll save time, get professional service on your own schedule (even in an emergency) and help is rarely more than a click or phone call away.

    2. Knowledge and Experience

    Did you just move into a new home and are looking to rekey your exterior doors, providing single -key convenience for all your locks? This is just one example of service requiring a level of expertise even the most intrepid DIY enthusiast probably doesn’t possess. No worries when you leave it to a qualified ALOA (Associated Lock Smiths of America) professional and to locks you can trust.


    According to Jared Gehle at Schlage, “You should look to a locksmith anytime you’re not sure what you need or have any doubts about how to install or upgrade your door hardware.”

    3. Quality you can trust

    Schlage door hardware isn’t easy to rekey because rekeyed locks generally don’t meet our strength and durability standards. We recommend the job be left to professionals and to the guarantee of quality service they’ll provide.


    Says Gehle, “Fitting new hardware to existing door openings or undertaking something potentially complicated like rekeying or replacing a number of locks throughout your home can be a lot of work. A locksmith allows you to prepare for any eventuality, saving you time, money and aggravation.”

    4. Peace of mind

    More than two million burglaries occur each year, and in more than one-third of those, the perpetrators come in through the front door. Don’t trust your home security to just anyone or any old lock. The Schlage brand is trusted by professionals and in more than 40 million homes with a reputation built on nearly 100 years of innovation, strength, quality and style.

    5. Value

    You get what you pay for. Getting the job done correctly, right from the start, will pay for itself many times over. If you have a non-standard door, if you’re replacing locks and the door measurements don’t conform to Schlage specifications (if you’re replacing a mortise lock, for instance), these kinds of adjustments are many times beyond the skill level – and patience – of a typical DIY project.

    Hiring a Locksmith - Schlage

    “Even if you think you know what you’re doing, don’t hesitate to contact a locksmith for advice, a specific product recommendation or for helpful tips,” says Gehle. “There’s no substitute for expertise and experience. They’ve got all the right tools, and a locksmith will be there for you at every turn.”


    If you decide to hire a locksmith to rekey your locks or install new ones, define what is important to you, and choose a licensed lock professional you trust. Visit for more information and a wide range of innovative, stylish, high-quality door hardware possibilities.


    How to safely dispose of common household items and chemicals.

    February 21, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Monday, February 21, 2022

    Materials disposal

    When upgrading your home or tackling a DIY project, make sure you dispose of appliances, furniture and other materials correctly. You’ll not only be keeping your family safer, but you’ll also do your part to protect the environment.



    We love upcycling as much as the next person, but somethings just can’t – or shouldn’t – be reused. When upgrading your home or tackling a DIY project, make sure you dispose of appliances, furniture and other materials correctly. You’ll not only be keeping your family safer, but you’ll also do your part to protect the environment.
    Woman placing trash bag in trash toter on residential street.
    To start, check the labels and packaging of household items, if you can. They often give clues as to how to safely dispose of them. If you’re uncertain, even after using the guide below, call your local environmental, health or solid waste agency. They should be able to advise you on how to properly dispose of or recycle most items.

    How to dispose of common household items

    Cleaning supplies

    The active ingredients in household cleaners can vary widely, so it’s best to consult the packaging for disposal instructions. Some of the milder solutions can often be poured down the drain, but those with more hazardous chemicals – oven and drain cleaners, furniture and metal polish, and tub and tile cleaners to name a few – should be taken to a waste disposal center. Check out this helpful household waste chart from Water Environment Federation for more information on which cleaners are safe to dispose of yourself.

    Light bulbs

    You’re never going to stop using light bulbs. Even if you wanted to, many candles emit toxic chemicals into the air as they burn, so they’re not a great alternative anyway. So when it’s time to replace your light bulbs, at least dispose of them properly. Incandescent – the standard, old-school kind – and halogen bulbs can go out in the regular trash. Fluorescent and CFL light bulbs, however, can re-introduce mercury into the environment, which is no good for soil and water. The Junkluggers recommend taking them to a local retailer or collection center for proper recycling.

    Aerosol cans

    Only throw aerosols in the trash if you’re sure the can is completely empty. Even a half-full can contains a high amount of pressure and can explode. To be sure it’s empty, spray a piece of cardboard until absolutely nothing more comes out. If it isn’t empty, recycle it through a hazardous waste facility. This applies to spray paint, some cleaning solutions and certain types of sunscreens and bug repellants.


    Although some areas will accept mattresses in the landfill, it’s not a great option. Sleep Foundation estimates that almost 20 million mattresses end up in the landfill each year, and at their size, that’s a major environmental impact … not the good kind, either. Instead, recycle them. Earth911 has an excellent database to help you find recycling centers for mattresses as well as other items. If there isn’t a recycling center that will accept the entire mattress and you’re up for a bit of work, break down the mattress and recycle its individual parts.

    Landfill with mattresses and other large household items.

    Best way to recycle appliances and electronics

    Large appliances

    About half the states in the U.S. have banned large appliances from landfills, so if you aren’t going to donate them to a group like Habitat for Humanity, recycling refrigerators, washers and dryers, air conditioning units, dehumidifiers and other similar items is really your only option. If you’ve just bought a new appliance, ask the store to take your old one when they deliver the new. They might also be able to take other appliances, not just the upgraded oven you purchased.


    Another option is to ask your community about bulk pick-up days. If there is a designated time for large-appliance pick-up, ask about additional rules. They might not accept appliances with Freon, and if they do, they might charge extra for that service. It’s also worth looking into the EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program. Not only will a RAD partner dispose of the appliance for you, but you may also be eligible for a financial incentive or rebate.

    Small appliances

    The key to whether these items can be put in the trash or should be recycled is if they contain hazardous waste. Televisions, computers, microwaves, thermostats and string lights, for example, can contain chemicals that, if leaked, contaminate the soil and waterways. Take them to a hazardous waste facility. Lamps and light fixtures, toasters and vacuum cleaners are generally safe for the landfill as long as you remove any rechargeable batteries first. More on batteries in a minute.

    Personal electronics

    When you replace your TV, computer, printer or phone, ask the retailer if they have a take-back program. You can often then mail or return your old electronic to them for proper recycling. This is better for the environment than adding it to the landfill and can be safer for you in that your personal information can be removed from the device before processing.


    The type of battery will dictate the best way to dispose of it. Note that in this case, “type” means which metals it contains, not the size or shape. Single-use lithium and button-cell batteries should be taken to a special recycling location, as should several types of rechargeable batteries. Many other types can be put in your community’s recycling. The EPA has a detailed chart to help you dispose of batteries so that important metals can be reused, making them more sustainable for the environment, and to avoid accidental fires as even “dead” batteries may still have enough charge to cause a spark.

    Man throwing batteries into trash can.

    More disposal tips

    • Keep hazardous materials such as pesticides, cleaning solutions and other solvents in their original containers. This not only reduces confusion of what it actually is – you don’t want someone to mistake it for food – but it also reduces the chance of leaks and other accidents. If you put a corrosive chemical in the wrong metal container, for example, the container could erode, creating a hazardous spill and possibly causing personal injury.

    • Do not remove the original labels from containers. This will reduce the chances that you mistakenly use something for the incorrect purpose as well as keep important information about shelf life, storage and disposal on hand.

    • Don’t mix chemicals. You might think it’s easier to dispose of a single container than lots of half-empty buckets. However, some materials simply don’t mix. You could end up creating a chemical reaction that results in a fire, explosion or other danger. Mixing materials also could mean they are no longer recyclable.

    Looking for more ways to stay safe during home improvement? Check out the Schlage blog for essential safety gear for your next DIY project or tips to help you safely remodel your home during pregnancy.


    6 signs you should replace your door locks.

    February 04, 2022 by emily.bailey

    Friday, February 4, 2022

    Replace door locks

    When a door knob comes off in your hand, you know what to do. But did you know that’s not the only time you might need new locks?



    If a window is broken, you know you need a replacement. If your car tire is flat, it’s obvious that you need a new one. When a door knob comes off in your hand, you know what to do. But did you know that’s not the only time you might need new locks? Here are six signs you need to upgrade your door locks that you shouldn’t ignore.
    Man installing Schlage smart door lock on garage door.

    1. It doesn’t latch or lock right

    Obviously, if your door hardware is broken – your toddler pulled the lever off the door, you can’t get the key in or out of the deadbolt – it’s time to replace it. But other times we fool ourselves into thinking it’s good enough as it is. Maybe the deadbolt sticks a little bit. Or maybe it latches, but only when we tug on it and hold it closed while we turn the key.


    In some of these cases, the issue might be with the door or frame. Rather than investing in new hardware, try making a few adjustments for when your lock doesn’t fit your door. In other cases, upgrading to a higher quality door knob or lever is the answer. The bolt could be sticking because it’s made of sub-par materials and no amount of lubricant or adjusting its position will fix it. Again, choose hardware that’s been tested to avoid these pitfalls. Look for the BHMA rating. One that’s graded A and certified highest in Durability is a sign you can trust that hardware to last.

    2. You’ve had a life-changing event

    Your home should adapt with your lifestyle, not necessarily the other way around. Consider how you use rooms differently as you transition from being a childless couple to having a newborn, from raising a toddler, then a teen and finally returning to being empty nesters. A room could need different door hardware in each of those life stages. You might have wanted to be able to lock the door to your home office, but now that it’s a child’s room? Maybe not. When choosing door locks for toddlers, some families find it’s best to switch to a passage function so their little one doesn’t lock themselves in a room during a fit of the Terrible Twos.


    Learn more about the difference between passage and privacy functions and what door hardware is best for each room in your house.


    If you’ve had a change in marital status, new hardware might be in order. New members of the household will need keys when you blend families . This could be a good time to switch to electronic locks, especially if you’re concerned about kids losing a spare key. With their own access codes, they can come and go securely, while still feeling welcome in their new home. And while it’s not fun to think about, if someone has moved out, it might put your mind at ease to change the locks then, too.

    3. You need security you can trust

    Locks for your front door, and even your back door and side entrance if we’re honest, should protect what matters most. To help keep your home and family secure, make sure exterior deadbolts check the following boxes:


    • High quality: Door hardware that helps protect your home should be made with premium materials, not cheap plastic. Look for attention to detail in the design that helps protect against attacks such as impact from hammers, sawing, picking and bumping. High-quality craftsmanship and better security often go hand-in-hand.

    • Durability: Whether it’s an interior lever or exterior deadbolt, you use your door hardware every day, multiple times each day. It should stand up to the test of time, working and looking as good on Year 10 as it did on Day 1. We know life can be hard on your home and that’s why we test our locks against everything from toddlers hanging on door levers to Mother Nature’s impact on handlesets.

    • Lifetime warranty: One way to check a lock company’s commitment to durability is to pay attention to the warranty. Schlage’s limited lifetime mechanical and finish warranty is one way we show our commitment to providing durable, high-quality hardware. We also offer a limited three-year electronics warranty.

    4. You want to go smart

    Smart locks are a great way to add security as well as convenience. Maybe you just love to be on the cutting edge of innovation. With Schlage smart locks, you get the security and craftsmanship you expect from all of our deadbolts, plus integrations with your other favorite smart home devices. The Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt, for example, works with Ring Video Doorbell so you can see who’s at your door and unlock it as needed, all from a single app. If you’re an Apple HomeKit® user, you might want the Schlage Sense® Smart Deadbolt. Or if you’re partial to Samsung SmartThings, try the Schlage Connect® Smart Deadbolt. You can see the full list of integration partners at


    Regardless of the smart lock you choose, when it’s connected to your home network, you get remote access from anywhere. That’s peace of mind in the palm of your hand.

    5. It doesn’t match your style

    Many people are surprised to learn how big an impact door hardware can have on a room’s overall style. They don’t really notice a knob or lever until they’ve redone a room and the hardware sticks out like a sore thumb. Whether you’re renovating your entire home or simply giving a face lift to a single room, consider upgrading your hardware to match your new design. Schlage offers a wide variety of styles and finishes to fit nearly any home.


    Updating your door hardware’s style is also a great way to make a big change even when you have a smaller budget. To see what we mean, check out our popular blog on how to update hollow core doors to make the look more expensive.

    6. You’ve moved

    One of the first things you do when move into a new house is change the locks on your doors. You never know who might still have a key from the previous owners. Since you’re going to replace your locks anyway, be sure to choose ones that are right for your home and family. Do you want a mechanical deadbolt or electronic deadbolt? How much should you spend on a lock? While everyone’s budget is different, consider the value of a quality lock that will protect your home. Even a more expensive deadbolt costs less money than replacing belongings after a break-in. And if you don’t have to repair or replace a sub-standard lock that breaks every few years, you’ll save money in the long run.

    Once you’re ready to upgrade, make sure you choose what’s right for you. Get started with this shopper’s guide to door hardware and try our interactive Product Selector at


    Top 10 Schlage blogs of 2021.

    December 29, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Wednesday, December 29, 2021

    Ringing in 2022

    As we head into the new year, we thought we’d recap some of our favorite tips, tricks, hacks and inspiration from 2021.



    2021 changes to 2022 on an alarm clock on a yellow background with festive glitter on New Year's Eve and Christmas.
    It’s almost time to turn another calendar page, which always makes us a little nostalgic. As we head into the new year, we thought we’d recap some of our favorite tips, tricks, hacks and inspiration from 2021.
    home robot

    This is one a lot of you checked out throughout the year, and it’s no wonder. We love the idea of anything that makes life easier and our kids smarter. If you missed this one, head over now and see if the Grillbot, which scrubs and scrapes your BBQ station for you, or Wigl, which teaches kids programming through music, are on your 2022 wish list.



    Hollow core door makeover

    This is one a lot of you checked out throughout the year, and it’s no wonder. We love the idea of anything that makes life easier and our kids smarter. If you missed this one, head over now and see if the Grillbot, which scrubs and scrapes your BBQ station for you, or Wigl, which teaches kids programming through music, are on your 2022 wish list.



    Porch remodels

    When we shared this blog on Facebook, you all had some amazing things to say. Even Mike Holmes chimed in. Plus, who doesn’t love a rags-to-riches story? These front porch makeovers show just how much impact some curb appeal TLC can have.



    Pregnant woman painting rainbow textile

    It’s a beautiful and exciting time of life, but when you’re expecting, it can also be overwhelming. You have so many questions! We tried to answer a few of those queries about what you should and shouldn’t do so Mom and Baby stay healthy during home improvement projects. This one was also part of our eight-part Bringing Home Baby series, so be sure to check out the other blogs on nesting in the nursery, organization with kiddos and more.



    children and father playing with cardboard box.

    Staying safe and keeping your home secure is everyone’s responsibility. It’s never too early to start teaching kids how to protect themselves. This blog, which was part of our Crime Prevention Month series, offers some effective tips for doing just that. If you have little ones in your life, you won’t want to miss this list of security lessons ranging from knowing what to do when a stranger comes to the door to teaching your teens about dating violence.



    Woman in virtual meeting while working from home.

    Cybersecurity is nothing to take lightly. We buy gifts and bank online, order meal delivery via an app, stream music through smart speakers and pay for groceries with our watch. And then we started working from home and we weren’t just protecting our own digital identities but our employers’ information as well. This article offers advice to help make sure your connected transactions, from bill pay to video chats to storing confidential files, are secure.



    digital organization

    Raise your hand if you’ve ever made the New Year’s resolution to be more organized. Yup, us too. As part of our January series on cleaning and organization, we shared our favorite tips for beating electronic clutter. Although it’s less obvious than a messy closet shelf, a disorganized computer or phone can have a major impact on your sanity and the security of your personal information.



    woman painting wall with green paint

    Sustainability isn’t just a buzz word. And for many homeowners, not being environmentally friendly isn’t an option anymore. Still, the best ways to make your home more sustainable aren’t always obvious. That’s why we made this guide to eco-friendly renovations. In this article, we cover everything from choosing “clean” materials for inside the home to beneficial landscaping ideas for outside.




    In 2019, we decorated with houseplants because they were beautiful. In 2020, they became a hobby because what else was there to do? In 2021, we stuck with houseplants for their style and as a hobby. If you’re among the group that’s still struggling to keep their indoor plants healthy though, start with this blog, which covers how much lighting, water and humidity your houseplants need to thrive. We also give some ideas for plant varieties that will make turning your brown thumb green easier. If you’re looking for more – how to choose the right container, how to keep your pets and plants safe at the same time – you’ll find it in the rest of our series on all things houseplants.



    Lever and door handing

    Door hardware can be surprisingly complex sometimes. Case in point: lever and door handing. We wrote this piece to help you buy the right thing when upgrading the levers in your home – and not have to install them upside-down or return them to the store. Get the complete explanation here and if you still have questions, send us a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.



    Honorable mention

    How to clean porch décor: When was the last time you washed that doormat?


    Advice for buying your first home: Because buyer’s remorse hits a lot harder on a house you spent thousands on versus a $50 sweater.


    Time travel: Vacation safety tips from 1953 that still work: A lot has changed in almost 70 years … but not as much as you might think.


    How to set up a home bar for your best holiday hosting: A Joybird study found that a fully stocked bar is the top-ranked must-have for hosting a party, so are your ready?


    This is just the tiniest of fractions of what we offered in 2021, hoping to provide you with the ideas and know-how for turning your home into a haven. Find the rest, from DIY projects to technology and security updates, at


    Home security steps you should take during the holidays.

    December 10, 2021 by emily.bailey

    Friday, December 10, 2021

    Holiday - Home Security - Schlage

    With a combination of smart home technology and a little common sense, your holiday season will be as merry as it is worry-free.



    Red front door with Christmas wreath and Schlage bright chrome door locks.

    Winter weather is here and soon you’ll be traveling to visit family and friends during school breaks, hosting guests at your home for the holidays and eagerly anticipating the delivery of your share of the 3 billion packages shipped each December. It can be easy to let our guards down when we’re distracted by all the festivities. In fact, nearly half a million homes are burglarized during the holidays and robbery rates are rising an average of 20% around this time of year.


    Thankfully, with a combination of smart home technology and a little common sense, your holiday season will be as merry as it is worry-free. Take some advice from the pros at Schlage and don’t ignore these winter vacation home safety tips.

    Install a home security system

    It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a home security system can help decrease your chances of being burglarized. Options range from 24/7 surveillance by a third party to a DIY setup like Alexa Guard that you manage and monitor on your own using your smartphone or other connected technologies. Deciding which is best for you depends on your budget and the level of control you want. With most systems going wireless, you can easily install motion and entry detectors around windows and doors and an audible alarm to alert you and your home security provider of a potential breach.


    If you have a security system with third-party surveillance, notify the monitoring company that you’ll be out of town. The extra step may allow them to take swifter action if a disturbance is detected and they know you’re away.

    Home Security - Smart locks - Schlage

    Install smart locks and home security devices

    Installing a smart lock, or taking advantage of all its security features if you already have one, is an important step toward protecting your home. When you trust your home to Schlage, you can connect your smart lock with other home security devices. So not only do you have the physical security of a high-quality deadbolt at the door, but you also gain piece of mind by being able to monitor and control your protection using your smartphone.


    Pairing your Schlage Encode™ Smart WiFi Deadbolt with the Ring Video Doorbell, for example, means you can see who’s on your porch and let them in if it’s someone you trust, all from a single app. The Schlage Connect® Smart Deadbolt with Z-Wave technology works with security systems like ADT and You can view the complete list of our partners at to see which locks are compatible with your favorite smart home devices.


    Even if you choose not to pair your smart lock with other technology, you can take advantage of features like push notifications to your phone to alert you when the lock is used or if there’s a disturbance at the door. You can also lock and unlock the deadbolt remotely, perfect for when a friend needs to drop off an unexpected package or check on the pipes in the basement during a hard freeze.


    Lastly, if you’ve assigned unique access codes that won’t be needed while you’re away, you can temporarily disable them from the app on your phone. Don’t need the babysitter while you have the kids with you on winter vacation? Disable the code. Want to keep the housecleaners out, even though they usually come on Wednesdays? Disable their code, too

    Home Security - Exterior lighting - Schlage

    Remember outdoor security

    One of the best ways to deter intruders is to keep the exterior of your home well-lit. Motion-sensor lighting can both alert friendly neighbors that someone may be nearby and make the intruder turn away. Projected and architectural lighting can provide a holiday lightscape as well as a bright, visible deterrent. The best part? According to Ted Roberts, the Style and Design Chief for Allegion, lighting is one of the most affordable ways to provide both security and beauty through the holiday season and beyond. To make your house look lived in – more on that in a minute – set porch lights, spotlights and holiday strands on a timer. If the timer can be connected to your smartphone so you can control it from afar, too, even better.


    Take one more step to help protect your home’s exterior from potential burglars and Mother Nature. Patio furniture, grills and fire pit accessories can be stowed in the garage or shed. The same goes for any of the kids’ toys, like sleds, that might have been left out. This will help deter someone from walking off with your outdoor furniture and prevent damage during a winter storm.

    Home Security - Tips - Schlage

    Make your home look occupied

    There's nothing more enticing to a home intruder than a home that appears to be vacant. Triggers that signal this include mail overflowing from the mailbox or on the front porch, or a house that remains dark during all hours of the day. Ask your post office to hold your mail until you return or have someone collect it each day. If you have a smart lock, you can assign a code that allows a trusted friend or neighbor to place your mail inside and check on any plants or pets. If it is expected to snow while you're away, arrange for someone to clear your sidewalks and driveway.


    Lastly, like exterior lighting, keeping your indoors illuminated can help deter break-ins. Rather than just leaving the lamp on at all hours of the day or setting them on a timer that burglars may notice – if the same lights turn on at the same time every day, they’ll probably figure it out – consider installing a solution that randomizes your lights. The Leviton Decora Lighting System is a WiFi-enabled solution that can do just that. Even better, pair it with the Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt. You can then use the Leviton app to set up Away mode. When you lock the Schlage Encode deadbolt, it triggers Away mode to secure the door and turn lights on and off at random intervals until you get back and return to Leviton Home mode.

    Take out the trash

    Most homes create 25 percent more household waste between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, and that’s according to a 2015 EPA study. Imagine what that number is today with the increase in online shopping – all those boxes, packing peanuts and used holiday party supplies. When it comes to winter season waste, two steps can help keep your home safe. First, don’t tempt burglars with packaging on the curb. The box from your new big-screen TV will make your house almost too good to pass up. Break down large boxes and put everything in trash bags or take them directly to a cardboard recycling facility for an even more sustainable holiday.


    Second, if you’re traveling, ask your neighbors to put some of their trash in front of your house on pick-up days. No garbage at the holidays – or at any time of year – is another sign that you’ve left town.

    Keep valuables away from windows

    Burglars prefer to get in and out of a house as quickly as possible to avoid being caught. Having a clear view of a valuable item will make your home a target. Keep valuables out of sight and install blinds or curtains for even more protection. Consider stowing your most valuable items in a home safe or a safety deposit box at a different location.


    The same goes for packages you leave in your car. The few extra seconds you spend to secure your packages in the trunk or to cover them on the floor in the back seat will pay big dividends later.

    Home Security - Package delivery - Schlage

    Keep your package deliveries safe

    Most of us worry this time of year about our packages being stolen. One work-around is to instruct delivery professionals to leave them in an inconspicuous location like behind a bush. Just don’t leave those instructions on a post-it on your door, which can be a signal to burglars that you’re not home. Instead, leave special delivery instructions digitally when you place your online order or call the store directly when you purchase. You can also redirect your packages through the USPS, UPS or FedEx websites ¬– these all offer simple, common-sense solutions that can keep your deliveries secure. Another great option is to use a package delivery lockbox


    Another option is to ask a neighbor to retrieve packages for you or, if you’re shopping online and know you’ll be out of town when your items are shipped, change the delivery address to a friend’s house or your office. Not only are your packages not sitting out unattended, just asking to get swiped, but your friend doesn’t have to venture out in the cold. Remember, thieves are looking for a quick and easy score, so even the smallest deterrent can make a big difference. Be smart when shopping online.

    Winterize your home

    You might have already taken care of some of these tasks, but if not, check them off your list before you hit the road. Turn off outdoor spigots and drain garden hoses to prevent damage from water and ice near your home’s foundation. While we’re talking about exterior projects, inspect your roof and gutters. You might hire a professional for this, especially if it’s already icy up there. Repair any damage before your trip so you aren’t stressing about it if a winter storm blows in. Trim tree branches that could fall on your home or driveway when weighed down with ice.


    Indoors, winterize your doors and windows. This could be adding weather stripping to cut down on outdoor drafts and moisture. And while you’re at it, check that the locks and frames, even on your windows, are in good condition and secure. If you’ve run extension cords through gaps in the doors, garage door or windows to power your holiday light display, change that now. (And please don’t do it again.) Even the smallest opening can be an invitation for unwanted visitors.


    Insulate pipes to help keep them from freezing. You might also install leak sensors that can notify you via smartphone so you don’t come home to a flooded basement. Make sure your HVAC system is working efficiently. Before you leave for vacation, follow this winter safety tip: adjust your thermostat to approximately 55 degrees. This will help protect your pipes, too, when temperatures drop.

    Keep your travel plans off social media

    By all means, let your family, close friends and neighbors know you will be gone so they can keep an eye on things. But as excited as you may be to get away, don’t post your holiday travel plans on Facebook or Twitter and don’t broadcast your adventures on TikTok or Instagram. Trust us, no matter how much fun you’re having, sharing can wait until you return!

    With a small investment in the latest technologies and a little know-how, you’ll be all set for the holidays. Find more ideas for your winter home, whether it’s technology to keep your home more secure, ideas for cold weather curb appeal or our hosting guide to avoid committing party faux pas, at the Schlage blog.

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