by Robert Fox
Quick Stats for Code-A-Key All-Weather Double Keypad Mechanical Keyless Door Lock
When I first received my Code-A-Key mechanical lock, I was in a bit of a pinch. Recovering after a break in, I needed a lock, and this is the one that fell on my lap. I barely had time to look at it before installing it.
Out of the box, the Code a Key All-Weather Double Keypad Mechanical Keyless Door Lock seemed sturdy and looked great, but before I knew it, I was suddenly caught up in a debate with my wife about drilling holes in the front door, despite me telling her that this was not actually a serious renovation job.
She seemed to think that me using a drill was going to bring down the whole house. Imagine that!
In any case, I showed her that this was no big deal as the installation with this lock was very quick and painless.
Depending on the current state of your door, installing this Code-A-Key keyless door lock could take less time…or more.
Expecting to get this lock installed in "just a few minutes" is just not very realistic for some who don't have the experience.
When all was said and done, it literally took us about 45 minutes to do the job right, which might seem long to some, but for this level of security, it was worth it.
However, I must say, if you are a handy person by nature (handier than myself anyway), this job won't take long at all.
Removing old door handles, measuring and markings things off, and drilling can make the minutes add up, as it did for us.
I will say that when we got this lock, we had barely any time to research it. I have to say, if there's one thing about this lock that I'm really glad about in retrospect is that its bump-proof.
If you haven't heard of lock-bumping, it can be very scary to learn about, since it poses a huge threat to home security.
Luckily, this is a bump proof lock as it has no keyhole by which to "bump" it. This is a big advantage of this lock.
Also, it is totally keyless which means you don't have to worry about having a key to get in. While some locks are keyless, they aren't always bump-proof because they still have a keyhole.
I almost forgot to say that the Code-A-Key lock here comes with some fairly decent instructions. To be honest, I didn't really look at them.
Instead we opted for YouTube to guide us through some of the installation steps.
Here's the video we watched that helped us figure a few things out (although it is for a different but similar lock).
The good thing is, once the job was done (that one nail-biting hour), we now had a lock installed that looks clean, simple, and tough.
With this Code-A-Key product, you do get a one year warranty.
So far, we have had the lock installed for a few months and no issues so far, but its nice to know that if we run into a problem, Code-A-Key stands behind their product.
To change the code, you simply manually switch the codes by changing the letter or number to an on or off position, according to the red indicator.
While making any changes to the code does require the help of the tiny screwdriver that comes with the unit, I don't really mind doing this manually.
We've only changed our code once, and we don't foresee this as being a common occurrence, so it isn't a big deal to us.
That said, if you want a lock where you can change the code with the push of a button, you are probably looking for more of a smart lock to begin with.
This lock is not that type of lock.
My one complaint about this all-weather Code-A-Key door lock is that the "knob" you turn, which is quite heavy-duty, is a little tough to turn. If you look at it closely, you can see that it isn't even really a knob.
Its actually a lock-turning mechanism, and, as far as they go, we've heard other customers complain that its a sticky one. In our experience, its a bit tough to turn, but this is also a tough lock, so it does almost make sense.
If anything, its just a bit stiff. But this doesn't really detract from the overall quality, and I'd consider it a fairly small gripe.
I haven't really talked about how this is an all-weather door lock, but of course that's exactly what it is.
As the pictures show, this is a beast of a lock and as you can imagine it has no problem taking on things like rain, snow, and anything else that Mother Nature can throw at it.
Where I come from, the winters get pretty intensely cold, and so I'm curious to see how it goes.
That said, from everything I've read about this lock, it can stand up to anything. On top of that, its a mechanical lock so there's no circuitry to go on the fritz or any chance of batteries conking out.
Also, the fact that this is a "digital" lock doesn't mean its digital as in the "digital age", or electronic in any way. Digital here just refers to the fact that it has digits, which are clearly labeled.
There are a few colors offered by Code-A-Key as well. Not a huge selection, but enough for my liking. I must admit I'm not that picky.
I can't imagine a lock like this coming in too many colors anyway. Can you imagine it in orange? I can't. I think grey or bronze are the perfect colors for it, because it is a very stately lock.
So far, we've had no problems with this lock. In fact, quite the opposite. Since it is bump-proof, we feel more secure than ever. Since its keyless, we don't have to worry about keys for this door anymore.
Its a heavy duty lock, and it makes our home feel a lot more secure than it was before. The price wasn't too high, and now we have a lock that will last us years. Great lock overall. 4 STARS!
About Robert Fox
Rob Fox is a former hydro worker who used to teach self defence in Miami for 10 years. He's currently enjoying his retirement, playing cribbage and golf with his buddies, locksmithing and home security in his spare time. Rob is an avid reader, and has even written a few books on the subject of self defence.
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