Doctor Lock Locksmiths

Garage door not opening.

June 9, 2012

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 on the lock and handle causing it to break. 

 

Window locks - do you need them?

June 3, 2012

Went to a job a couple where the customer had wanted locks fitted to their windows. They had called a locksmith as they were unsure which lock would be most suitable. After a discussion about the options available they decided to swap the window handles for locking handles. The reason they had called was because they had just moved in and their insurance policy stipulated that all windows must have key operated locks fitted. Do you know if all the doors and windows in your house have locks in...


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Few pence turns into quite a few pounds

May 28, 2012

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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Locked out by a snib

May 23, 2012

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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Some people have no shame

May 18, 2012
Just been called out to change all the locks on a property due to the keys being in a safe that was stolen. The premises are owned by a charity. I don't know if there was anything else in the safe but let's hope it was empty apart from the keys. If you have a safe of your own then please ensure that it is securely bolted to the floor / wall. If you're thinking of storing your valuables in a safe at home then make sure you buy one that meets the requirements of your insurance company for the v...
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Locksmiths can save you money

May 15, 2012

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

May 5, 2012

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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Something dodgy going on.

May 3, 2012
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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Check your locks before it's too late!

May 1, 2012
Went to a customers house today to change a mortice lock as they sad it was getting difficult to turn the key sometimes. The lock looked like it had been on the door for a few decades, so it had definitely been good value for money. However it was a 3 lever lock and in the event of a burglary the insurance company may have refused to pay out as the lock did not meet the relevant standards. Please check what locks are fitted to your door - don't assume that it meets the required standard just...
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UPVC doors and windows

April 25, 2012
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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