I called a locksmith I knew personally but hadn't seen in years. He came by, we hugged, he checked things out, admired my daughter's flowers and asked if we could make him a bouquet for his wife. We did that. He said he'd buy the handles from the wholesale house and would call me in two days. I emailed him with the product information, and never got an answer. That was about 3 weeks ago. He never came or called when he said he would, and never answered my email. Finito.
I went to Lowe's (who had the best price on what I wanted) and bought two door handles (I have double doors). When I got home I realized there was no key in the handle, they had evidently sold me two dummies. My daughter went to return them, and found out that model doesn't have a handle with a keyed lock. Very few handles manufactured today do, it's rare. It seems the deadbolt is now used to open the door AND the deadbolt. I don't want that, I want a separate key for each as I've always had. It's safer.
As I had written a check, I had to wait until it cleared before I could get my money back. So I used the time to further research which door handles were keyed. Very few. The company I would like to buy from has only one such model. So I decided to go with it.
This morning I found out the model I now need has a key on the active door, but no dummy for the stationary door. Other models have dummies, but no key, this one has a key, but no dummy. I am also changing inside handles, they don't know if what I chose to go with the first handles will go with the second.
Taking matters into my own hands, I have since contacted the manufacturer who is not involved in sales, and the two online sources they recommended. The problem is not yet solved.
Technology has changed, but is it better? Not necessarily. The manufacturer's rep told me he personally wouldn't buy the latest, the touchscreen electronic lock. Said people can hack computers, phones, and also doorlocks! Not to mention I'm sure there's a lot more that can go wrong than with the old fashioned lock and key, and it would probably be a lot more expensive to repair.
The reps all agree with me that there is less safety with all these new designs.
I also went looking for a dishwasher a week ago, and found a lot of junk for a lot of money. Reviews are terrible for most, nothing lasts but a few years. And several expensive brands you think are terrific are made by the same company whose other divisions get bad reviews.
A friend of my daughters listened to the noise my old dishwasher was making, took it apart, found a screw from a pot, and a small piece of glass. That's because my daughters put things in there I never would, and overload it besides. It is now working OK, sans noise. Hopefully that was the problem and it will last a while longer.
Honest to God, I'm not an old fuddy duddy croaking about how things were better "in my day." Things are really not as good today.
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