This is the entire door jamb armor from the factory. This is the universal kit with two separate deadbolt brackets, two separate hinge brackets, one door jamb bracket, and a bag of 3 1/2" wood screws. I purchased this unit from Lowes hardware for $108.26 plus tax. They do not stock this item at any of the stores around my location so i had to order it in from the door department, which took about a week. I have never used or seen this product before, have no affiliation with this company, and do not profit from selling or installing any type of security products.
2 deadbolt brackets and screws.
2 hinge brackets and 1 door jamb bracket.
This is the crappy side door to my house, the door frame shakes when you close the door. This is an inward opening door. A twelve year old girl could kick it open in approx. six seconds.
The woman that lived here before me had a douche bag boyfriend that apparently liked to kick in doors. This busted mess is what is left.
Disassemble the handle and deadbolt face from the door using a screwdriver.
Leave the door cross bolts in place.
Try not to break the deadbolt cross pin like some dumb ass that i know. Old and broken on right , new and expensive on the left.
Slide doorknob covers over door knob hole, and screw in place then reinstall doorknob and deadbolt faces. This operation took about 17 minutes ( trip to the hardware store for a new deadbolt not withstanding )
Remove the left and right side interior door moulding,leave the top piece.Remove the screws from the jamb side of the hinge. Using a sawzall cut any remaining screws or nails on the interior wall side of the door jamb so that the hinge bracket can slide over the jamb. Slide the hinge bracket over the jamb, around the hinge. Drill an 11/64" hole through the provided openings in the bracket, and hinge screw holes.
Screw hinge bracket in place and while you are at it replace the 1" hinge screws with 3" screws that will bite in to the wall framing and door .
Repeat with lower hinge bracket. Mine is into the foundation wall so instead of screws it is held in place with 3" concrete nails. This operation took about 45 minutes.
My door framing is apparently made of fiberglass insulation. No wonder it was so flimsy. There is a 2" gap between the door jamb and the framing that it is supposed to be screwed to.
I have removed the insulation and filled the gap with 2" of good lumber,installed the door jamb bracket on the door jamb, using the same sawzall and drill bit process previously outlined for the hinge brackets, and screwed the whole thing together with 4" wood screws. This operation took 2 hours but i had to totally re frame my door jamb. Actual time with good framing would be approx. 30 min.
Door open with bracket installed.
Crappy busted moulding has been reinstalled temporarily. You can see from this picture how much of the bracket shows.
The puny screws on the left , which used to hold the hinges to the door and jamb have been replaced with the beefy wood screws on the right.
Review ... i am a six foot 235# construction worker and i kicked and body checked this door until i was afraid the i would dent the door and it is solid as a rock . This product worked just as i expected from the advertising . This is very effective at making my crummy exterior door in to a heavy duty security door. I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for an inexpensive way to beef up there home security.