[hackerspaces] Electric strikes

Arclight arclight at gmail.com
Fri Jan 15 08:52:44 CET 2016

My advice, from helping with about 20 installs of the Open Access
system we build:

Don't buy cheap door hardware.  Import electric strikes are OK for
low-abuse, low-traffic applications like interior doors and cabinets.
For what you're describing, you really want a good,grade 1 commecial
strike from a vendor like Trine, Assa-Abloy, Stanley Commercial, etc.
Unfortunately, these often go for $300-500 new.  Fortunately, used and
surplus units come up all the time on eBay for modest prices.
Sometimes you can get a whole flat-rate box of used locks and strikes
for $50.

Also, if you have a commercial-style door with a mortise lock: There's
probably an electric lock available for it. Electric locks are easier
to install, and don't leave as much stuff exposed to the elements.


23b Shop

Open Access Project:

On Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 11:18 PM, Volatile Compound
<volatilecompound at gmail.com> wrote:
> Cool.  So which ones are you using?
> Knowing which particular piece of hardware you're having trouble with would
> make it a *lot* easier to give recommendations.
> - skroo.
> On 1/14/16 8:41 PM, Rubin Abdi wrote:
>> On 14 January 2016 at 20:28, Volatile Compound
>> <volatilecompound at gmail.com <mailto:volatilecompound at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>     Out of curiosity, you mention that this happens after 6 to 8 months
>>     or so.  It sounds like this may be a recurring problem.  What steps
>>     are taken to fix it when it does happen?
>> People have attempted to lubricate them, failed, then simply replaced
>> them. We've gone through 4 or 5 per door at this point.
>> --
>> Rubin
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