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Kwikset bills its Powerbolt1000 Touchpad Electronic Deadbolt as a "Keyless Home Access System." We found this product attractively packaged, and its features extremely appealing.
The concept of a five-button access keypad is certainly nothing new, but a residential access system using one and being marketed by one of the biggest and familiar brands in locks is new and is also newsworthy.
Although the system appears to be comprised of various other partners companies, the electronics are new and unique to Kwikset, a Black & Decker Company and a leader in lockset sales.
All this info reveals that Kwikset has the marketing muscle, but the appeal of the Powerbolt is that it's neat, it works, and we think you'll be able to sell a lot them.
Although installation and programming were straightforward, we're guessing that the majority of homeowners who will see the value of the product will also see the wisdom of leaving installation to an expert.
Our installation was conducted on a typical residential metal-clad door, which had been factory prepped with a 2-1/8" face hole and a 1-inch latch bore. This is what the Powerbolt 1000 requires.
The latch can be field adjusted for either 2-3/8" or 2-3/4" backset. Two additional holes are on the exterior to attach the faceplate, and three additional holes on the interior to attach the electronics were all that were necessary.
Access to the battery compartment and the button which must be pressed to initiate combination programming requires no tools.
The unit will hold two different access codes which can be from four to eight digits in length. Digits may repeat in the access code sequence.
Operating the deadbolt from the interior is like a standard single-cylinder deadbolt; you manually actuate the turn piece. The user feels a little bit of resistance while locking and unlocking, due to the friction of the motor. It does not present a problem.
To lock the deadbolt from the exterior side of the door, you simply press the button with the lock icon on it. To unlock the deadbolt from the exterior, you enter one of the two permitted access codes; the servo-motor whirrs, and the bolt retracts in about a second.
It's a fast one-hand operation to enter through a door equipped with a Powerbolt. Code changes and battery replacement are simple and require no special tools. We suspect that most customers will take on battery replacement and reprogramming codes by themselves, and if they get into trouble, you should be able to talk them through the necessary steps in minutes.
Besides the button required for programming, the only other setting was for handing of the door. This required only that a plug-in jumper be moved to suit the handing of the door.
- Pick a door.
- Make sure the door hinges are working properly, and the door is sound.
- Remove old locks, or drill the door to accept the new lock.
- Place the template on the door and mark and drill as indicated.
- Install the new deadbolt
- Pass the keypad cable through the door and attach it via the solderless connector to the electronics package on the inside of the door.
- Attach the Lock cylinder and base plate using the two screws provided
- Screw the keypad to the outside of the door, and the electronics package to the inside of the door.
- Insert batteries and program the Power Bolt access codes Close up the electronics package
- Test the system
- Adjust the deadbolt and strike for smooth operation.