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Electric garage door - got the keys?

Posted by Kevin Readman on Friday, October 26, 2012, In : Locksmiths 
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 fai...
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A day as a locksmith

Posted by Kevin Readman on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, In : Locksmiths 

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

Posted by Kevin Readman on Saturday, June 30, 2012, In : Locksmiths 

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

Posted by Kevin Readman on Wednesday, June 20, 2012, In : Locksmiths 

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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Garage door not opening.

Posted by Kevin Readman on Saturday, June 9, 2012, In : Locksmiths 

Locksmiths are called on to work on all sorts of different doors. Had a job this week where a garage door wouldn't open. The key would turn in the lock but didn't unlock the handle to allow the door to be opened. Part of the mechanism inside the handle had snapped which was why it was not working. After I had fitted a replacement handle I checked the locking mechanise was working with the door open then went to close the door. The door was very tight in the frame which had been putting strain...


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Locked out by a snib

Posted by Kevin Readman on Wednesday, May 23, 2012, In : Locksmiths 

Been called out to two lockouts in the last two days where the customer had been locked out due to the snib on their nightlatch dropping down and preventing the key withdrawing the latch. The snib had dropped down when the door had been pulled closed. This happens when the mechanism becomes worn over time. This is quite a common reason for locksmiths to be called out. You can prevent it happening by ensuring the snib on your lock has to be moved upwards to engage it. Different makes of lock g...


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Locksmiths can save you money

Posted by Kevin Readman on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, In : Locksmiths 

Went to a job on Sunday morning to fit new locks to front and back door. When I arrived there was glass all over the inside of the conservatory and outside the conservatory door. The owner explained that they had lost their keys whilst out on Saturday night and had decided to smash the window in order to get in. Whilst I was fitting new locks to the doors a glazier arrived to replace the broken glass in the conservatory door. Quite an expensive night out altogether, although it would of been ...


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Something dodgy going on.

Posted by Kevin Readman on Thursday, May 3, 2012, In : Locksmiths 
I had a call from someone yesterday who asked me to come and let him into his house as he had lost his keys. When I arrived I asked if he had any proof that the lived where he claimed to. As is often the case he didn't but I said it wasn't a problem just get one of your neighbours to confirm who you are. At this point he got quite upset and said he didn't want to disturb anybody and couldn't understand why I wouldn't just open his door for him. As it was only early evening I couldn't see why...
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Burglary on the rise?

Posted by Kevin Readman on Wednesday, April 18, 2012, In : Locksmiths 
We seem to be getting more calls to repair the damage caused during burglaries recently. With the current economic climate it's hardly surprising I suppose. In one recent case the burglars didn't manage to steal anything as the alarm went off as soon as they opened the door, so it does pay to have an alarm installed. However, the door handles and lock had to be replaced and some damage to the door repaired, but it could have been much worse. On a different occasion the burglar had simply lev...
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Couple of odd jobs

Posted by Kevin Readman on Saturday, April 14, 2012, In : Locksmiths 
Had a call from somebody whose key had snapped off in the lock this week. I was expecting it to have happened when they had attempted to turn the key in the lock but this turned out not to be the case. The key had been left in the lock on a set of bi-fold door doors and when the doors had been opened the key had hit one of the other doors and snapped off in the lock. So it would seem that the key should always be removed once the door is unlocked. On another job the customer asked me to open...
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Welcome to our new blog

Posted by Kevin Readman on Monday, February 20, 2012, In : Locksmiths 

Hello, this is our new blog. We are a small family run locksmith company based between Leeds and Wakefield. We offer a range of services and a 24hour emergency service if you find yourself locked out, we always pick your lock open whenever possible rather than drilling it. We will publish articles based on our experiences and offering any advice we feel would benefit our customers. One thing we have noticed recently is that people continue to use locks when they become difficult to operate be...


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