Getting in to the backyard to service the pool should be easy, right? Open the latch, pull open the gate, walk in. Even I had that part figured out. But when the latch was on the inside of the gate and the customer wanted to keep it locked I couldn't get in unless they left it unlocked for me. Many customers don’t want the latch to be on the outside of the gate where a criminal can simply take the latch off with a Philips screwdriver. Makes sense. So... what to do?
Recently a customer bought this locking system by National Hardware that’s working out very nicely. As you can see from the picture the combination lock is on the outside of the gate.
When the code is entered in the entire lock swings down which pulls on the latch that is on the inside of the gate. The lock and the latch are connected by a cable as you can see here. When I leave I swing the combination lock up which allows the latch to close down as the gate is closed.
There’s even a latch guard that prevents intruders from reaching over the fence to unlatch the gate or cut the connecting cable. The only thing I have to remember is to scramble the code after I am done locking the gate.
I admit, this has both me and the customer smiling. No longer do we need to synchronize having the gate unlocked when I will be there each week. Also the customer doesn’t need to worry about security if they forget to lock the gate after I’m done.
I'm Jered Linden, the owner of Linden's Pool Service. I live in Petaluma, CA the base for my business.
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