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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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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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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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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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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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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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