Securing a patio/French exterior door

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    Securing a patio/French exterior door

    I've always thought that patio doors--because they're usually large, glass, and located in the back of a house--are a huge security risk. I decided to do something about mine. Thought I'd share it here in case anyone else wanted to try it.

    Basically we installed two pocket doors in front of our patio doors. The two pocket doors are solid and heavy. It's not perfect--still penetrable--but it's enough to buy me the few extra seconds I might need. And it has the added bonus of reducing our electric bill. And when we have parties or people over, we can shut the pocket doors and it looks prettier than our (utilitarian) screened porch.

    (Excuse the smudges on the glass. I have kids. And no time to clean. lol) I've included pictures of the pocket doors closed (but not locked), the pocket doors half opened, and the pocket doors all the way open.

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    That's neat. My exterior walls are CBC, so pocket doors are not an option.
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    Great idea! I tip my hat to you Ma'am for a job well done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    That's neat. My exterior walls are CBC, so pocket doors are not an option.
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    ...or a wrought iron overlay with a locking gate on the outside...lets you have the door slid open for fresh air...

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    Nice !

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    It's great that you are thinking this way. I now fortify my exterior doors after a 17 year old piece of scum kicked in our back "french door" with one easy kick. The kind of doors that latch in the middle are no match for a simple kick or two for most burglers.

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    Nice use of the pocket doors.
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    Great idea! Thanks for the suggestion (and for giving me another project).
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    Quote Originally Posted by AsianCowgirl View Post
    I've always thought that patio doors--because they're usually large, glass, and located in the back of a house--are a huge security risk. I decided to do something about mine. Thought I'd share it here in case anyone else wanted to try it.

    Basically we installed two pocket doors in front of our patio doors. The two pocket doors are solid and heavy. It's not perfect--still penetrable--but it's enough to buy me the few extra seconds I might need. And it has the added bonus of reducing our electric bill. And when we have parties or people over, we can shut the pocket doors and it looks prettier than our (utilitarian) screened porch.

    (Excuse the smudges on the glass. I have kids. And no time to clean. lol) I've included pictures of the pocket doors closed (but not locked), the pocket doors half opened, and the pocket doors all the way open.

    DoorClosed.jpgDoorHalfOpen.jpgDoorOpen.jpg
    It might actually give you less time to react since you are obscuring your view of approaching BGs...you might not know they are there until they have breached your perimeter.
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    Very nice idea , can you come over and and take care of my house i like the pocket doors . Also when you would go out you can secure the doors. It gives an extra level of security.
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