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Sliding patio door - improving security

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Published on Jan 17, 2013

Bit different from my normal videos but hopefully still useful and interesting.
The video is a quick demo of how to secure it in absence of additional locking device or failure of standard lock due to someone 'bumping' or forcing the lock.
Basically it involves locating a length of very strong ABS plastic pipe between the sliding door frame and the non-opening window frame. You could use a length of timber or metal but I just happened to use 3mm wall thickness pipe as it's same colour as the uPVC door frame. Since the pipe has very strong resistance to compression or being bent, the door is effectively jammed shut even if the lock was to fail. Obviously it helps security if - like the door in the video - the glass panes are internally glazed and laminated with secure film. Definately worth the extra cost compared to 'normal' sealed double-glazed units. Incidentally if you've got children or pets then you should consider laminated glass just in case child or manic pet dog runs into the glass. If you do fit an additional locking device which relies on drilling into the frame, be aware that some high end uPVC frames are metal reinforced and often insulated. There would be a small risk of 'cold bridging' if non standard fixings are drilled into the frame.
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