Do It Yourself or Not: Install a Brinks Push Pull Rotate door lock
Here's a solution to the pesky problem of opening a door when your hands are full: a door lock that opens with a push, a pull or a single finger tug of the knob. The cleverness comes in its ability to operate hands-free with a quick nudge of your elbow or hip or a gentle tug to open interior and exterior doors. It's a handy way to open a door whether you're holding a baby, a bag of groceries or a box of files. You'll find these locks sold online and at home centers.
To remove a standard door lock and replace it with a residential passage door lever with a keyed deadbolt, a handyman will charge $202, which includes the labor and material. You can buy the lock for $75 and install it yourself with a Phillips screwdriver.
Although the Push Pull Rotate locks are easier to use, they still stay closed and locked when the user wants them to be, like a traditional lock does. The locks provide a new door-opening solution and are ADA-compliant.
Pro Cost: $202 -- DIY Cost: $75
Pro time: 1.8 hrs -- DIY Timez: 3.0 hrs
DIY Savings: $127 -- Percent Saved: 63%
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