Templok stems from years of experience in the management of temporary construction locks (TCL's) in the Florida building industry. It's originator has been selling doors to contractors for many years and has also been providing TCL’s for the securing of these doors during construction.
Traditionally, the contractor purchases the least expensive TCL and installs it after the door has been installed in a new home. Although the contractor usually purchases these TCL's, they are often provided by the door dealer or by the final lock manufacturer in prospect of future sales.
In most cases no one has really profited from the distribution of these inexpensive TCL's. However, they are necessary in order to prevent damage to the door from various environmental hazards such as wind. Although they are true locks, they provide very little security and at best will deter only casual entry.
Most homes have an average of 3 exterior doors.
If a builder has ten homes under construction, he needs thirty or more locks on site. A lock dealer who has ten homes in progress may need over 300 TCL's. Using standard TCL's, this can become very costly.
10 homes x 3 doors per site = 30 TCL's
10 projects x 10 homes x 3 doors per site = 300 TCL's
- Arrangement must be made to determine who will provide TCL.
- Price must be negotiated.
- TCL's must be ordered, stocked, and keyed to a particular builder's pattern, or they must be keyed by the dealer.
- TCL's must be provided at the same time the door is installed.
- They require maintenance for preservation throughout the construction process.
- They must be removed and stored for the next project.
- Finally, all parties having access to the home must be provided a key.
Clearly, standard temporary construction locks are a non-revenue generating product requiring a great deal of management.
Construction site doors must always be secured, and the genesis of Templok originated in that necessity. The Templok security system alleviates the costs associated with management of TCL's and provides a simple way to secure doors from wind damage and casual entry.
The Templok design joins practical experience with strong engineering. Every component is designed to function flawlessly, with special attention to the smallest detail.
Unlike most security devices that require precise installation, Templok can accommodate deviations such as the positioning of the latch and lock bore where other TCL’s require exact alignment.
Fits all types of 1 3/4" doors with a standard 2 3/8" backset.
Templok is designed to ensure simple and reliable performance at a reasonable price. Easy, no-tools-needed installation and removal make it the ideal temporary construction lock.
Templok has several advantages over traditional TCL's besides its practicality and affordability, and no other product offers these features:
- Templok is designed to fit on the industry-standard door and lock preparation. Most exterior doors are 1 3/4" nominal size. However, doors constructed of different materials such as wood, fiberglass, and steel all vary slightly in size. Templok's self-adjusting mounting mechanism allows it to remain firmly secured on almost all of the different door types currently in use.
- Templok is designed to work with the industry-standard lock prep of 2 1/8" lock bore and a 2 3/8" backset. The majority of all residential and light commercial exterior doors use these criteria.
- Templok is extremely strong and can withstand substantial punishment because of its strong engineering and exceptionally tough composite material. Any lock subjected to "destructive force" will eventually fail, but Templok's strong design allows it to stand up to most attempts of forced entry. Most methods used to gain unauthorized access to a home under construction are destructive in nature. In our test, Templok was able to withstand a substantial blow to the door without failing. When entry was gained in our test using destructive force, it was failure of the door jamb that finally permitted entry. No key is used to lock and unlock the device, so "picking" our product is not likely because there is no key way. Therefore, Templok, when used in conjunction with at least one TCL, is able to secure a door during construction to prevent wind damage and to help deter casual entry to the premises.
- One outstanding feature of Templok is its simple "snap-together" construction that allows it to be installed in under thirty seconds without the need for tools. Once in place on the door, Templok's patented clamping system secures the device tightly for immediate security. When the home or job nears completion, the device is simply removed by disengaging the clamps simultaneously and separating the parts from the door. This feature is one that all in the construction industry will appreciate.
All securing devices must keep the bolt from disengaging. Templok's method uses simple concepts, and an uncomplicated mechanism means less potential for failure. Interlocking indexes and corresponding cogs keep the locking mechanism securely in place under conditions found in the normal environments of shipping and construction. Templok's straightforward bolt-locking design prevents unintentional disengagement.
In addition to its protective features, Templok is designed to minimize labor during various stages of construction. Its easy installation and removal have already been noted. Another exclusive labor-saving aspect of Templok is its paint-and-painter-friendly design. Both the inside and outside rosettes are made smaller than the diameter of a standard lock to allow the painter to spray the door without damage to the mechanism. Also, this design eliminates the need for masking beforehand and the need for touching up later.
In most construction practices, doors are purchased pre-hung from the door vendor, and the entire door unit is shipped to the job ready to be installed without further machining or assembly. Because the doors are hung in their jambs, the door slab itself must be secured for shipping to prevent damage to the whole pre-hung unit. Shipping clips are needed to stabilize the door slab. Templok eliminates the need for this device and allows the door vendor to increase sales with a related product that offers so much more than just a shipping clip.
Traditional TCL's are not only expensive but also complex in terms of their installation and maintenance. Templok is approximately half the cost of a standard TCL and offers features that a traditional TCL cannot provide. Clearly, Templok is the best choice for temporarily securing any and all construction site doors.
Results of Practical Experience
Templok's design is the result of practical experience combined with strong engineering. Every aspect of the device has been designed to perform with seamless functionality. Special attention has been applied to the smallest detail.
With most devices used to secure doors there are related concepts that are similar among all. Templok defies one of these concepts with its "snap on" ability, and alleviates the need for tools. Where most securing devices need to be precisely installed on the door to work (have exact alignment in order to funchtion properly), Templok can still work with many deviations in areas such as the positioning of the latch and lock bore. Templok was also designed to be able to accommodate all types of 1 3/4" doors with a standard 2 3/8" backset. Doors made of different types materials such as wood, fiberglass, and steel all vary in thickness. Templok's unique self adjusting function allows the device to be TIGHT on the door no matter which material the door is constructed from.
Templok's locking mechanism (the turn) is simple and easy to use. Just align the arrow to the locked position and the device is in the secure position. The turn rotates 360 degrees to prevent from any confusion and to allow for easy operation. The locking mechanism is also designed to remain in the secure position firmly. This is to allow for less opportunity for it to disengage during shipping or unauthorized access attempts.
As you can see much effort has gone into the design to ensure simplicity and true functionality. Although Templok is reasonably inexpensive, it will adequately fill the need of a temporary door securing device.