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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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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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Are your locks up to standard?

Posted by Kevin Readman on Friday, September 21, 2012, In : Security 

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.

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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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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Window locks - do you need them?

Posted by Kevin Readman on Sunday, June 3, 2012, In : Security 

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

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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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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Some people have no shame

Posted by Kevin Readman on Friday, May 18, 2012, In : Security 
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

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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Check your locks before it's too late!

Posted by Kevin Readman on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, In : Security 
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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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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New home - Is it secure?

Posted by Kevin Readman on Sunday, March 25, 2012, In : Security 

On the day when you finally move into your new home the last thing you will want to think about is whether or not you are likely to become a burglary victim. Although not as exciting as decorating the living room or planning a new kitchen, ensuring your home is secure should be right at the top of your "to do" list.

Firstly you need to consider how many people have keys to your house — is it only you and your family or do other people still have keys? People who may have keys include the ...


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UPVC Doors - is yours secure?

Posted by Kevin Readman on Thursday, March 1, 2012, In : Security 

During the last 20 years UPVC doors have overtaken timber doors in popularity. One of the reasons for this is the multipoint locks which are fitted to them and are seen as very secure due to all of the locking points. However, with crime rates on the rise and burglaries increasing rapidly, is your UPVC door as secure as you think it is?Should you consider fitting a better lock or fitting additional security measures to your door?

Many of the first generation of multipoint locks have a latch ...


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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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