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May 3, 2007

bookofjoe MoneyMaker™ — Bizarro World Lock


It came from outer space, just like a neutrino, but instead of passing through me and the Earth as neutrinos are wont to do, it impacted one of the three remaining functional neurons in my frontal lobe and the resulting reaction produced an idea.

That's it for me for the day but not for you: here's the idea, for the first enterprising reader out there to take and pretend is her/his own and make millions with.


You know how doors work, right, with the lock and all integrated with the handle or knob?

What if you put the lock mechanism in the jamb instead of in the door, with the door housing the lock receptacle?

Seems to me you could harden the lock mechanism enclosure far better and more easily from inside the house than having to work within the confines of the door.

Especially if the door is made of metal.

Pretty clever, eh?

"Yeah, joe — if it's such a great idea than how come someone with half a brain hasn't already thought of it?"

You tell me — I just work here.

Ooh, another neutrino just hit my joke neuron and yielded the following:

Q. What did the neutrino say to the Earth?

A. Just passing through.

Drumroll, please — if there's still anyone in the room.

May 3, 2007 at 04:01 PM | Permalink


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I guess the main reason it's not done this way is cost. You'll still have to have some sort of doorhandle, and to be honest for most people they'll want the door-latch to be the opening handle for when one hand's full. Your way you'd have to either use both hands or have the expense of a lock in the jamb and an operating handle on the door.

Posted by: Skipweasel | May 5, 2007 5:55:46 PM

"wont" - my nine-year-old had to explain that one to his teacher after it got queried in on of the very few bits of written work he's ever bothered to complete!

Posted by: Skipweasel | May 5, 2007 5:53:22 PM

Most doors are thin and hollow core. If you install a strike on the door with the lock mechanism in the jamb, you substantially weaken an already weak door construction further. Imagine how expensive it would be to design locks that require longer cylinders to fit through the jamb (a lot thicker than a door).
Have you ever seen a magnetic lock? It installs to the frame (usually above) with the strike on the door. Almost 1000lbs holding force. Electronic and around $750.00 average including installation.

Posted by: nat | May 5, 2007 4:43:53 PM

You know my Pocket Door has the hardware to lock it in the wall.

Sadly, when it broke, I needed to buy a new house -- but I could take my door with me!

Posted by: clifyt | May 3, 2007 5:02:01 PM

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