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    Well i haven't been getting any help so far. I'll try again on another topic.

    Anybody used cylinder locks? Are they secure? Do you rent them or sell them to your tenants, and do the tenants like them? Can you change them out (using the key?)? The wholesaler's don't provide many details about them.

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    Scott we don't use the cyl lock, however, there has been lots of postings about the cyl lock. You might try SST "search" feature.

    Here's a link that might help get you headed in the right area. cylinder locks, and giving tenants a lock?

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    Thanks SMSSld. That was very helpful.

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    Love them. Wouldn't build again without installing them. We sell them. Get good ones as I've heard bad things about 'cheap' ones. Some have a master overlock feature. If you need to remove them or the tenant loses the key you must drill them out. Good security measure. Make sure you get the right size to match your latch.

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    Thanks Madman. Do i understand correctly that they cannot be removed even with the key? So each time a tenant leaves, you have to drill them out? Or do you simply get the keys back & give them to the next tenant? What about empty units, do you use the cheap nylon cylinder locks for them? In the other thread, somebody mentioned they had problems with Chateau versions. Which brand do you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by scott_h View Post
    Thanks Madman. Do i understand correctly that they cannot be removed even with the key? So each time a tenant leaves, you have to drill them out? Or do you simply get the keys back & give them to the next tenant? What about empty units, do you use the cheap nylon cylinder locks for them? In the other thread, somebody mentioned they had problems with Chateau versions. Which brand do you use?
    That is correct, we do not have a master key to remove the lock. But we do have a drill! When tenants vacate they MUST remove their lock as well. The lock is theirs to keep even though they often don't know what to do with them as they are so unique. We've often brainstormed on figuring out how we can add value to the lock they take ie. they could install a cylinder lock latch on their home equipment or maybe theres some giveaway item like a lockable cardboard jewelery box ... we still haven't figured this one out yet.

    We don't recycle the locks due to percieved liability, but we may begin to randomize between facilities and repackage.

    We use the nylon lock only on our exterior lockers. The interior lockers have locker alarms on them. As we near stabalized occupancy we will start to use the nylons on all vacant units.

    We use the Chateau EZ Lock and it works well.

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    We use the Chateau (China) cylinders and use the version without a master key. Each lock comes with 3 keys and they use 7 pins with about 8 settings for each pin. That's quite a lot of possible combinations. They don't "bounce" and are hard to pick, even with the special cylinder lock pick.We do reuse them as long as we get all 3 keys back
    The only thing is they are actually fairly easy to drill, if you know how. Not as easy as just taking a grinder to an external lock but easy.
    Karen and Denny Beall
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    We use cylinder locks and have had no problems.Chateau sells decals to put on your door just above the latch. It says when vacating take your lock. Very useful.

 

 
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