Doctor Lock Locksmiths

Electric garage door - got the keys?

October 26, 2012
Just been to a job where the customer had dropped their house keys in their car. The garage had an electric door which they had closed by pressing a button before walking out of the garage. They did not have a remote control to open the garage door from the outside as this was kept inside the and only taken out when they went out. The customer knew that there was a key operated lock on the garage door but did not know what it was for. It was a manual release for the door in case the power fails or the motor breaks down. Very quick to open and the customer retrieved their house keys. Do you have an electric garage door and do you know where the manual release key is?
 

UPVC door lock - broken? Maybe not.

October 18, 2012
Went to a job today where the customer thought the lock on their UPVC door had broken as they could not move the handles down. We took the handles off to have a look at the mechanism in order to work out what was wrong. Nothing was immediately apparent as the cause of the problem. After opening the door the lock seemed to be working but was incredibly stiff. After lots of lubricant it started to free up and was working fine again. The lock was on a door which had not been opened for several y...
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Windows, locks, and 'safes'.

October 5, 2012

After talking about windows last time something must be in the air as we spent all of this morning changing the hinges on 12 UPVC windows. Quite a few of them were not closing properly and as they were all the same age the customer wisely decided to do them all at once as this was cheaper than doing a few at a time. The customer also decided to upgrade their door locks to anti snap ones after hearing about the spread of lock snapping burglaries throughout Leeds and Wakefield. After this job w...


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Windows - open and shut case?

October 2, 2012

We got a call today from someone whose window would not close properly. It was a UPVC window and one of the hinges was damaged which is why it wouldn't shut. Everything worked fine after we changed both hinges (don't change just one as they have both been used the same amount so the other one will probably fail fairly soon). The window did not have any lock fitted, which is often a requirement that insurance companies insist upon in their policies. All the windows in the house now have locks ...


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Are your locks up to standard?

September 21, 2012

We were recently called out by a customer who had lost their keys. When we got to the property it was a very nice period property with a beautiful wooden door with stained glass panels. The lock keeping it closed turned out to be a 2 lever mortice lock. This did mean that getting the door open was quick. The customer agreed that they should have a new lock fitted as their insurance policy was invalid due to the lock not meeting the relevant British Standard. If your house has a wooden door th...


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Patio door locks - different problems.

September 13, 2012

Over the last couple of weeks Doctor Lock Locksmiths have been to three patio doors where the lock would not lock properly. In one of these cases the solution was simply to adjust the screws on the frame so that the lock could engage correctly. In one of the other jobs some furniture had been taken through the doorway by a (rather careless) removal company and the door had become misaligned, the frame had also been bent. Again this could be solved fairly quickly. The third job was a little mo...


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To stick or not to stick?

August 17, 2012

Went to a customer recently whose UPVC door wouldn't open when the handles were pulled down. After I opened the door the lock seemed to be working perfectly. The problem was that the door was so low on one side that the shoot bolt at the bottom of the lock was sticking in the keep. After adjusting the door it worked fine. In a strange coincidence the following day I went to look at a window that wouldn't open and this was caused by exactly the same problem. Both of these problems would have b...


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A day as a locksmith

July 17, 2012

Working as a locksmith does keep you interested as different situations crop up all the time. Had a call about a key stuck in a lock, went and had a look at it. The lock was an Avocet ABS and the key was vertical. Customer was very apologetic when I turned the key to horizontal and pulled it out. Oh well we all have moments like that. The next call was from a lady who had lost her keys and needed to get in as she was due her insulin dose. The following call was from a take away owner who coul...


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From home help to daylight robbery

June 30, 2012

Got a phone call the other day asking if I could change seven locks on one house, I assumed that they had just moved in and wanted new locks fitted throughout the house. However when I arrived it turned out the house was occupied by an elderly couple and their 'home help' had stolen the keys and some belongings from the house just goes to show that some people have absolutely no conscience and would probably steal from their own grandma. Highlight of the week was definitely Ronaldo's ...


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From caravans to en-suites

June 20, 2012

Went to see a customer today who had lost the keys to the lock on the tow hitch of their caravan. The makers of the lock had very nicely described how to drill part of the lock in order to remove it, makes you wonder doesn't it? I had been called as time was an issue and so far it had not worked. Getting the lock off didn't take too long but should firms manufacturing security products really tell people how to defeat them? Other jobs today involved replacing a multipoint lock on a UPVC door,...


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