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Have some thoughts about the upcoming renovation of our Philippine house. Is it possible to find any good doorlocks in the common hardware stores, or is it better to bring some from home?? (Sweden)

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Wilcon.....bought all our locks there. Have not been broken into in seven years.:thumbsup:

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The Philippines is crazy for locks of all kinds.  You will find all you need with quality that ranges from poor to very good.  Basically you will get what you pay for.  The bigger hardware stores will have the best selection and have them mounted so you can actually try them out.

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4 hours ago, Viking said:

Have some thoughts about the upcoming renovation of our Philippine house. Is it possible to find any good doorlocks in the common hardware stores, or is it better to bring some from home?? (Sweden)

I agree with the above comments... Hafele (sp?) door hardware is available in a number of stores here in Davao. Many also stock some that are Assa - which I consider to be top notch.

Depending on what you are seeking and the price, just about any type and quality seems to be available here. That includes US$500+ or so electronic door locks (key card/combination) like you find in hotels.

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We brought our from handy man, buy one get one free , 

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As a former locksmith your locks are only as good as your doors and windows.  It may be useful though to get locks with keys that only a few key cutters can copy.  It prevents others copying them and gaining entry when you're not around.  I see it regularly with rentals where guests get robbed with no signs of forced entry.  Chances are previous guests made copies of the keys and returned at a later date. 

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On a rental home I had with my family for a few years, I also fitted hinge security pins into both front and back doors... as well as extra locks.

(I always consider what I could do if I was a potential intruder, with a wrecking bar in my hands).  :bash:

On the somewhat out of sight back door, I fitted a steel 'liner' on to the inside of the door, plus drop bars across,  top and bottom that dropped into u-shaped steel holders that I had fabricated. These were bolted right through the frame, using coach bolts...nuts on the inside... as per our household. lol  :7481:

This was backed up by my amazing  :biggrin:  self-built fake CCTV camera, on a pole, complete with flashing LED red light... and one very small, but extremely aggressive small dog... not to mention the Mrs, with similar characteristics .  :mocking:

If I had space, personally....I'd bring some good quality locks over from 'home'.  Chubb ?  :wink:

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I bought IC core Schlage deadbolts and knobsets in the US for our three entries, all keyed alike, and Schlage privacy knobsets for the bedrooms and bathrooms. We shipped them over in BB boxes before we left. At the time, I was still in building maintenance and being selective and biased about door hardware.

As others have said, you can find good brands here as well. We purchased a Schlage deadbolt for our man gate at Trust Home Depot and it has stood up to the weather well.

Depending on where you're moving to, there may be more selection in your home country but, generally, quality door hardware - including heavy duty hinges - are easy to find here.

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12 hours ago, scott h said:

Wilcon.....bought all our locks there. Have not been broken into in seven years.:thumbsup:

I love Wilcon and buy most of my stuff there. Not saying that the stuff I bought at Wilcon prevented any bugler activity. My dogs prevent any of the bad guys from even thinking about coming into my gate, much less trying to enter my house! A 45 bullet will greet them if they get past that. 16 years with not one problem.:58:

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1 hour ago, Arizona Kid said:

A 45 bullet will greet them if they get past that. 16 years with not one problem.:58:

You should say.... make my day.

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