I saw today’s Fixed-it Friday photos posted by Luke Anthony on the Crap Locksmithing Facebook page, and there’s an important lesson to be learned here.

When you see a barricade device that attaches to the inside lever handle of the lockset, this “security method” relies on the strength of the connection between the lever and the lock.  The BHMA standard for cylindrical locks – A156.2 – requires a minimum strength of 100 to 500 pounds for this connection, depending on the grade of the lockset, and the location where the force is applied.

For the door shown in the photos, I’m pretty sure the wire is the weakest link, but you get my point.

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