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UPVC door lock - broken? Maybe not.

Posted by Kevin Readman on Thursday, October 18, 2012, In : UPVC 
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'.

Posted by Kevin Readman on Friday, October 5, 2012, In : UPVC 

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?

Posted by Kevin Readman on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, In : UPVC 

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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To stick or not to stick?

Posted by Kevin Readman on Friday, August 17, 2012, In : UPVC 

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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Few pence turns into quite a few pounds

Posted by Kevin Readman on Monday, May 28, 2012, In : UPVC 

Went to a customer with a failed multipoint lock on their UPVC door today. The handles would only move downwards about half an inch so the door couldn't be opened. After opening the door and removing the lock mechanism the reason the handles couldn't move was because a small part inside the gearbox had broken and was jamming the mechanism. The part itself couldn't be repaired, and the manufacturers don't sell them as spares, nor do they supply the gearboxes as spares so a complete new lock me...


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Think you need a new door? Maybe you don't!

Posted by Kevin Readman on Saturday, May 5, 2012, In : UPVC 

Got called out to look a patio door that wouldn't close today. Customer had been told by two door and window companies that she would have to replace the whole unit. As you can imagine this would have been rather expensive. The problem she was having was that the door would slide across but the bottom of the door would not move in to the frame meaning that the door could not be tilted to close it. The problem was that one of the bogey wheels on the underside of the door had become detached f...


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UPVC doors and windows

Posted by Kevin Readman on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, In : UPVC 
Been to two jobs in the last couple of days where the door or window wouldn't close and both customers thought it was the lock that was at fault. In both cases the lock was catching on the frame of the door or window and preventing it closing. However the reason this was happening was due to the door and window both having 'dropped' from their correct position. In the case of the window it required 'heel and toeing' to bring it back into line with the frame. The same was done to the door and...
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