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Q - What is a BOLT BUDDY?

A - BOLT BUDDY reinforces new or existing deadbolts in residential or commercial, steel or wood doors and frames.  BOLT BUDDY is unique because of its patented design.  It has steel plates on the inside of the door and frame that are BOLTED through and into the sleeves of the outside plates of each door and frame.  The word "SECURITY" is engraved on the outside BOLT BUDDY plates for added visual deterrent.

Q - Why is a deadbolt not good on its own?

A - Deadbolts generally require a 1 1/2" hole all the way through the door for the lock mechanism and a 1" hole from the edge of the door to the lock mechanism.  Once these holes have been made there is very little material left to support the deadbolt.

Q - How does a BOLT BUDDY work on my door frame?

A - BOLT BUDDY is made up of a steel plate installed on the inside trim of a door frame that is bolted all the way through the frame into sleeves attached to the steel plate on the outside of the door casing.  The BOLT BUDDY having been bolted through, reinforces the frame by spreading the force of an attack over the entire wall structure, like a vise holding the frame together.

Q - How does a BOLT BUDDY work on my door?

A - The BOLT BUDDY on the door helps shield and protect the deadbolt from kick attacks, screwdrivers, or crowbars and the deadbolt tunnel from bulging and splitting.  With the BOLT BUDDY having been bolted through the door, any pressure applied is then directed over the face and structure of the door.

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Q - Our door frames are quite thick, will the BOLT BUDDY fit?

A - Yes, the BOLT BUDDY comes supplied with 6" bolts, which will allow for easy installation in 2x4 and most 2x6 walls.  For walls that are thicker, we have supplied in each package coupling nuts that when used in conjunction with a piece of threaded 1/4" rod or bolt will allow for unlimited thickness.  The majority of extensions will require a portion of the 6" bolt to be trimmed so that the coupling nut may be accommodated and very often this trimmed excess can be used to fasten the coupling nut to the bolt and BOLT BUDDY sleeve.

Q - We have a long narrow window beside our front door, will a BOLT BUDDY work there?

A - Most definitely, there is only the perception that a door/window combination is weaker.  There is just as much material holding in a bolt as a regular wall.  so as in a regular wall the reinforcement of the BOLT BUDDY is that it is BOLTED all the way through the frame which makes use of all the materials used in the frame, for full strength.

Q - Do we need a BOLT BUDDY on a door that swings out, such as our kitchen door off our breakfast nook?

A - Yes, the door might not be kicked in but the BOLT BUDDY exterior steel plates helps protect the deadbolt from screwdrivers or crowbars, and prevents the deadbolt tunnel from bulging or splitting.

Q - The entrance to our house consists of double doors, can the BOLT BUDDY be installed?

A - Yes, the BOLT BUDDY exterior jamb plate sleeves can be trimmed to 1 3/4" to fit your secondary door.

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Q - Will the BOLT BUDDY match my existing hardware?

A - BOLT BUDDY is quality finished in bright brass, antique brass and chrome to match new or existing hardware.

Q - Do I just need a BOLT BUDDY on the back door?

A - No, crime prevention authorities generally recommend that all perimeter doors have a quality deadbolt and a BOLT BUDDY.  Examples would include the front, back, side, walk-out basements, balconies, exterior and interior garage door.

Q - Why an interior garage door?

A - Many people accidentally leave their overhead door open when popping over to a neighborhood store and this leaves enough time for burglary to take place.

Q - We have new "steel" doors, do we need a BOLT BUDDY?

A - Yes, "steel" doors are basically a wood frame filled with insulation with a low maintenance tin skin.  By the time the holes are made to accept the deadbolt they have no more strength than an ordinary door.

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Q - Is a BOLT BUDDY hard to install?

A - Installation is straight-forward for the "do-it-yourselfer" with full instructions included in every package.

Q - What about steel frames?

A - Yes, steel frames might not split like a wood frame but they do collapse and tear because the bolt itself is of a heavier material.

Q - So is there a commercial application as well?

A - Yes, most definitely.  Apartments, townhouses, hotels, motels, office buildings, etc.; anywhere where you have deadbolts a BOLT BUDDY is required.

Q - We have more than one deadbolt installed on our door, would a BOLT BUDDY be required in this case?

A - Yes, the grain of the framing materials all run vertically which means that the more holes for the locks you install (surrating the frame) the weaker the frame.

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Q - We installed a heavy duty striker plate on our frame, is this sufficient?

A - No, because a person has to realize that when screws are installed to hold the striker plate in they are held only by plaster and/or drywall with a small amount of wood.  Screws were designed to be pulled, not pried as they are in this case, so they act like small crowbars to help split the frame.  In this case use a BOLT BUDDY to take the prying sideways pressure away from the screws and apply it to the overall frame.

Q - I am concerned about the hinges on my recessed entry (recessed entry and mature landscaping blocks the view of any passerby) will a BOLT BUDDY help in this situation?

A - Yes, in cases of concern where a door might be taken completely off its hinges, not only will a BOLT BUDDY support your deadbolt but installing a set on the hinge (screws on the hinge should be at least 1/4" x 3" or larger for shearing strength) will again take all the force of an attack and spread it over the surface and structure of the door and frame.  If you wish, the BOLT BUDDY can be painted to match your existing door and frame.

Q - We have a door bell right where we might install our BOLT BUDDY, what should we do?

A - Generally remove the bell from the casing, pull out the extra bell wire, drill carefully and if necessary insert a screwdriver occasionally to press the wire out of the way.  Once the BOLT BUDDY is installed (careful not to pinch the wire when tightening up the exterior plate) remount the door bell in a suitable location.

Q - Should we mount the interior frame plate underneath the frame molding?

A - We don't recommend that the plate be placed underneath the molding because frames have a tendency to shrink over time and the bolts on the BOLT BUDDY do not.  What this means is that the interior molding would slowly bulge out and you would have no access to the bolts for retightening or for adding future BOLT BUDDY accessories, without removing the molding.

Q - Our door frame on the inside is exceptionally narrow because of an adjoining wall, how can we place the 1 1/2" plate on the frame?

A - When frames are too narrow, the BOLT BUDDY interior 1 1/2" frame plate can be used on the door and the door 1" plate on the frame.

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