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Mat Bruce
21-06-2015, 08:21 PM
Just replaced my bath room door knob- third time in 4 years.
contractor used cheap door knobs, so I am slowly replacing them.
There is a good brand called GERE recommended by hardware shop, I used that for my bedroom door when the knob went kaput.
But it is only about 1 year ago so I do not know yet if this brand will last.
Anyone know a good brand from China? My budget is up to $50.

bslee
22-06-2015, 02:20 PM
Try StGuchi (http://www.stguchi.com.my/goods-index-id-254) brand, one stockist is at that air con DIY hardware shop at Taipan.
Its proper alignment and some greasing of the internal parts that may enhance longevity of the lock. Of course it can't stand constant abuse.
Those developer ones are dirt cheapo stuff..really crap! So much for Malaysia trend of cost cutting measures...might as well don't install any and sell the house much cheaper.
BTW, its "CYLINDRICAL LOCKSET" not "door knob". For knobs, try IKEA kitchen accessories..tai pah!

Sentinel
22-06-2015, 02:51 PM
Just replaced my bath room door knob- third time in 4 years.
contractor used cheap door knobs, so I am slowly replacing them.
There is a good brand called GERE recommended by hardware shop, I used that for my bedroom door when the knob went kaput.
But it is only about 1 year ago so I do not know yet if this brand will last.
Anyone know a good brand from China? My budget is up to $50.

I would actually recommend people to shop for household stuff at IMM in Jurong but with SGD at MYR2.88 today, how to buy anything in Singapore now? Even my favourite Old Chang Kee chicken curry puff at SGD3.00 eat everything properly with no waste....

bslee
22-06-2015, 04:44 PM
Long ago I worked in a hotel, they used GOAL locksets from Japan. These were very very solid stainless steel mechanical locksets. It'll handle any degree save for a sledge hammer. That time no such thing as electronic door locks and key cards.
It was used on main door and toilet doors. SOLID! Unsure if its ever sold here now.

http://www.goal-lock.com/

Mat Bruce
22-06-2015, 06:59 PM
Try StGuchi (http://www.stguchi.com.my/goods-index-id-254) brand, one stockist is at that air con DIY hardware shop at Taipan.
Its proper alignment and some greasing of the internal parts that may enhance longevity of the lock. Of course it can't stand constant abuse.
Those developer ones are dirt cheapo stuff..really crap! So much for Malaysia trend of cost cutting measures...might as well don't install any and sell the house much cheaper.
BTW, its "CYLINDRICAL LOCKSET" not "door knob". For knobs, try IKEA kitchen accessories..tai pah!

Air con DIY shop in Taipan? There is only 2 HW shops, 1 is opp Nanking, the other is opp Maybank. Where is this one?

Mat Bruce
22-06-2015, 07:01 PM
Long ago I worked in a hotel, they used GOAL locksets from Japan. These were very very solid stainless steel mechanical locksets. It'll handle any degree save for a sledge hammer. That time no such thing as electronic door locks and key cards.
It was used on main door and toilet doors. SOLID! Unsure if its ever sold here now.

http://www.goal-lock.com/

looks good. will check their prices. I use CHINA made taps but the A-grade ones, so far 4 years, still OK. So I think CHINA made also depends on teh price and quality. anyone used CHINA made A_grade door cylinder locks?

bslee
22-06-2015, 07:42 PM
Air con DIY shop in Taipan? There is only 2 HW shops, 1 is opp Nanking, the other is opp Maybank. Where is this one?

Opposite Maybank.

LMei
23-06-2015, 10:53 AM
Bought my door knobs from a locksmith in SS17. Lasted me 5 years and still using. Can't remember the name but his lot is like 1/4 size of the shoplot.

bslee
23-06-2015, 01:28 PM
There's a lot of very poor quality locks in the market and prices too good to be true, especially those mortise locks for iron grills, very very poor quality. The mechanism can wear out in no time.
I changed mine from those installed by developer to YALE brand. DIY changed it of course.

Mat Bruce
23-06-2015, 06:18 PM
There's a lot of very poor quality locks in the market and prices too good to be true, especially those mortise locks for iron grills, very very poor quality. The mechanism can wear out in no time.
I changed mine from those installed by developer to YALE brand. DIY changed it of course.

Since we fix ourselves, the money saved, we can buy good locks

Greenwich
23-06-2015, 06:59 PM
...BTW, its "CYLINDRICAL LOCKSET" not "door knob". For knobs, try IKEA kitchen accessories..tai pah!

Yes, cylindrical lockset is the right name..

I think it is not an easy DIY job to install and align a new lockset into the existing empty space left by the old set !!

If the door is an expensive door, it is good to spend money on good lockset and good workmanship..

bslee
23-06-2015, 07:43 PM
Most if not all lockset come with a installation template for a successful installation. But the installer also need the correct drill bit to bore the hole at the correct diameter (2 types), installed with some high level of precision and proper alignment.
No such thing as hammer and chisel work, that will ruin the door. AND MY BOSCH CORDLESS DRILL to make short work for the screws. LOL!
Worst case is the bore hole is already too big, then the new lockset with a smaller diameter is to be fitted..Pain!

Mat Bruce
26-06-2015, 12:03 AM
Yes, cylindrical lockset is the right name..

I think it is not an easy DIY job to install and align a new lockset into the existing empty space left by the old set !!

If the door is an expensive door, it is good to spend money on good lockset and good workmanship..

Nowadays, standard lah, takes me 15 mins. I got a YALE from ACE at $59.90. This should last. reallt regret buy the standard ones from USJ TAipan. Waste of time. Hopefully, i learned my lesssons, already save labour DIY, don't be so kiamsiap buy cheap RM13 ones.