My home security tip – door opens out.
by Peter Northwood.
Thieves got in our neighbor’s house by kicking in the back door in to their kitchen. I did not want the same to happen to us so I had the rather bright idea, if I am saying so myself, of making the door open outwards so that it is much harder to kick it open.
Did not do this work myself, I got my brother-in-law to do it all for me. You see, my b-i-l is the daddy of all handymen according to my wife. I have to admit he is pretty darn good and does everything for a few beers and a burger or two. Again according to my wife, I am the worlds worst, too slow, too messy and things don’t turn out right. I don’t argue about this anymore, I just ask the b-i-l.
I only took him an hour or two to do the job and it is a job well done. He said that often making a door swing out you have to remove the whole door frame and turn it, he did not have to do that. He did have to buy some special hinges that thieves can not pull the pins out of. He said too that it is a good job that the eves overhang the door because now that it opens out rain would otherwise rot the top of the door.
People don’t call round to the back door so there is no problem in opening the door on to them. It is a good idea, makes the door a lot stronger. So that is my home security tip.