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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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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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Patio door locks - different problems.

Posted by Kevin Readman on Thursday, September 13, 2012, In : Patio doors 

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?

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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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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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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Timber Doors - Is Your's Secure?

Posted by Kevin Readman on Thursday, March 8, 2012, In : Security 
We have recently done a few jobs on timber doors, which although not normally fitted to new builds are still fairly common in older properties. Here is some advice if you have a timber door on your house. Timber doors are traditionally fitted with two different types of locks: night latches (commonly referred to as Yale locks) and mortice locks (commonly referred to as Chubb locks). Mortice locks come as either deadlock or sash lock variants, sash locks have a latch as well as a deadbolt and...
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