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Do It Yourself of Not: Install a high-tech deadbolt lock

Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Content Agency on

Technology seems to bring us new ways to do old things, and here’s a good example. You can replace a traditional deadbolt door lock with a key to a deadbolt using your fingerprint. This stuff used to be the razzle dazzle in techno thrillers; now Wi-Fi compatibility makes it happen at your front or back door at home.

The Halo Touch fingerprint electronic biometric lock requires no touchpad and relies on your fingerprints for entry. Its Wi-Fi compatibility means it connects directly to your home Wi-Fi network and smartphone for a secure smart home that doesn’t require a third-party smartphone hub, panel or subscription. With a Kwikset app, you can manage the deadbolt lock from anywhere and remotely lock and unlock the door to manage users, set schedules and check the status of your door. The lock is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Brilliant.

A locksmith will charge $285, including labor and material, to install the lock. A handy and technically savvy homeowner can do the job for $200, the cost of the lock, and save 30%, but this is a job we’d leave to a professional.

If you have doubts, hire a locksmith to install it, and spend time becoming familiar with access settings. This involves managing the system functions, capturing the scans, enabling and disabling users’ access, and changing the settings. If you’re not a tech-head, you’ll need time to familiarize yourself with operating the lock and the ways of the future.

Pro Cost: $285 — DIY Cost: $200
Pro time: 1.1 — DIY Time: 1.8
DIY Savings: $85 — Percent Saved: 30%

 

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To find more DIY project costs and to post comments and questions, visit www.diyornot.com and m.diyornot.com on smartphones.

©2022 Gene and Katie Hamilton. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

 

 

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