Rated 4.4 out of 5Â by 88
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by Cadence Not worth the price
We use this to keep our sliding door closed as a safety measure. It is adjustable and has a rubber stop so it won't damage anything. However, for the price, any kind of wooden stick would have worked just as well.
November 12, 2008
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by TonyH Excellent product for multiple uses
We've been using this bar for quite some time now; we normally set it in the main door(s) after everyone is in, so we can have peace of mind at night time while we are sleeping; our neighborhood is pretty safe, but this bar gives us the extra security we need and feel comfortable with; it is well built, good quality materials and rugged yet gentle on the door's handle & floor. We got at a discounted price since we used a $10 coupon at that time. We were thinking on getting an additional one for the outdoor sliding door, but as someone else mentioned, we figured we could use something else; we opted to get a thick good quality cooper tube, which we custom cut at home depot to fit perfectly; since there was a left over, we also cut another bar shorter this time so we can set it in those days when we feel like leaving that door half way open.
In any case this master lock product, as most of their products, won't let you down (I already had many people asking me where I got from: the answer has always been the same: at the Home Depot (a free endorsement there, what can I say...)
November 17, 2008
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0Â by wizart414 Not as good as you think!
I just picked it up from my local HD. Got home and installed it on our basement door. I had my son who is 17 try and force the door open. With a 45 degree angle he was able to force the solid steel door with some force. with a 35 degree angle, he was also able to force door open with more force. On both trials my son said he was holding back and could have increased force but it wasn't required. The part that was interesting was where the device fail point was. It uses a spring loaded pin to select the length of the stick and to hold it in place. Both times when pressure was applied to the pole it was at the spring loaded pin that it failed. When you apply pressure the spring loaded pin slides in and out of place, with enough pushes the pin retracts all the way and the pole falls out of place. I wouldn't trust this thing when it comes to security. Because in security it either works or it doesn't and in this case it DOESN'T! A permanent pin once you have selected the proper length is what this pole needs to truly be effective.
August 11, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by MJPA Master Lock Security Bar
The theme of this device is the best thing since sliced bread. My one con is it's construction. In my opinion, as a restraining device that uses a door knob to help prevent illegal entry, I would feel safer if it was made of heavier metal. The foot of the device can slip on a smooth surface. To help prevent this, I glued and trimmed a piece of really rough sandpaper to the foot's bottom piece. This still leaves the plastic piece that goes under the door knob. This should be made of a better material (steel would be nice). I'm hopeful that the manufacturer's will at least offer a heavier-made version in the future as an alternative to the current version. I will be getting another one for my glass patio door. The price is right (for me being retired) and it's current construction meets my minimum requirements. It's an excellent idea and I would recommend it to everyone in need of some extra security. One more thing, I did give this device a try and it resisted my efforts, however I would really like to give it the old "kick test" to see if it can resist it. Before I do this, I do recommend that you replace the hinge screws with heavy-duty, 3-4-inch long wood screws. The shorter screws will either rip out or break. I learned this from a previous break-in. My hinge screws for every door were replaced with 4-inch long screws. All windows can only be lifted up one inch due to metal screws being screwed into the window's slide track. I've included a picture of this device in it's installed position.
February 3, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by Will Make home modification to security bar to beef up its strenght to avoid spring loaded pin failure
After buying this product and reading negative reviews on this site...."spring loaded pin that it failed. When you apply pressure the spring loaded pin slides in and out of place, with enough pushes the pin retracts all the way and the pole falls out of place."
Quick fix to avoid the above problem:
After figuring out the height of the bar you will use most of the time..A quick fix to the above problem is to drill a hole thru both tubes and slide/insert in a 2 - 21/2 inch stainless steel screw long enough to go thru both tubes and then simply lock it into place with a hex nut. Or insert a slightly bent thick framing nail to avoid spring loaded pin failure. Both backup pin options can be remove very quickly. Need additional bar heights just drill additional holes to insert screw with nut...pretty simple fix. Buy a screw and nut combo at home depot. For a Do-it-yourselfer.....this will take 5-10 mins.
February 9, 2014