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Old 11-17-2014, 11:38 PM   #1
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Sliding glass door locks?

I have a sliding glass door in the rear of my house. There is the typical door lock: the inside has a handle with a little lever, and you lock it from inside by sliding the lever down. When leaving, the lock can be done with a key. It has a multiple tumbler internal, works fine.


I want to add a lock, that can be activated when I leave. Any ideas? I see locks online, but they all seem to be for inside only when you are home. Something that goes in the track? Something drilled into the frame? For the outside?


It is possible I had an intruder. Yes, I have a big ass dog, but he goes to work with me.

I appreciate any input.
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:57 PM   #2
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Edit: oh, outside, doh.

Slide/dead bolt (top and bottom, right at the lock end) if yer all fancy like ;)

You can lift the door 'out' of some of those standard locks, those slide bolts stop that. Then again you can also just pull the trim from around the window and pop the glass out in a lot of cases.
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Old 11-18-2014, 03:45 AM   #3
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Mine has an extra lock on the bottom rail. Step on, runs a thick pin from the door into the frame.
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Old 11-18-2014, 07:13 AM   #4
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I haven't seen anything like that. I wouldn't mind it either. I will be replacing my door eventually with one that locks from the outside and has shades inside the glass.

External slide locks won't keep the determined intruder out because they can just break the glass on the ordinary door. I recommend also getting that plastic film that makes it really hard to break the glass.
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:02 AM   #5
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Mine has an extra lock on the bottom rail. Step on, runs a thick pin from the door into the frame.
Length of old broom handle, cut to length, in the track behind the door. Easy-peasy.
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:13 AM   #6
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Old 11-18-2014, 11:55 AM   #7
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Locks keep out the honest and the curious. If they want in they'll just smash out the glass. All locks do is make it sufficiently inconvenient that the honest and curious don't bother. Don't over think it and, as was suggested, get a broom handle.
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Length of old broom handle, cut to length, in the track behind the door. Easy-peasy.
KISS and classic.

I have seen a deadbolt attached so that the bolt drops down and blocks the door's travel in the track, however. It was a clever and effective solution, but it takes some creativity to make it work--assuming that your setup would allow such a thing.

A steering wheel lock could be mod'd by a welding shop to make it work as a "locking broomstick" if one wanted a hybrid, I suppose. Just drill some holes for the "locking broomstick" to fit into once extended and VOILA!, locked from the inside and outside.
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Old 11-18-2014, 01:33 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replies: my tenant goes out that door and locks it behind her, so the broomstick would only work with her inside.
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I'm stumped.

This is all I found.
http://www.allaboutdoors.com/product...ducts_id=15046





http://www.allaboutdoors.com/product...ducts_id=15312
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:08 PM   #11
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Thanks! It already has the lock in the top picture on it, will look into the second one.
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:23 PM   #12
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Wood stick in the track is easy
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:43 PM   #13
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Wood stick in the track is easy
How's that work from the outside? He's said twice now that he needs something that can be activated from the outside.
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:09 PM   #14
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How's that work from the outside? He's said twice now that he needs something that can be activated from the outside.
It's easy to activate from the outside, you drop it in the track with the door half closed, it will lay at an angle, when you close the door it will drop in place.

It can't be deactivated from outside though
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Old 11-19-2014, 12:45 AM   #15
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It's easy to activate from the outside, you drop it in the track with the door half closed, it will lay at an angle, when you close the door it will drop in place.

It can't be deactivated from outside though
well, I suppose you could break the friggin window open to deactivate it.
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