Helping to protect you and your family
Your doors need to be as easy for you to enter your home or work-place as they are difficult for a burglar. This fundamental protection is still performed with a key, thankfully as burglars become more aware so has lock technology. You need to be sure that you are protected, that you understand what to look for, what to expect and what to ask for.
This site will help simplify the terminology, explain the testing processes and show the difference between lock types. As well as giving helpful do's and don'ts to help protect you, your family, and anything you want protecting.
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Fitting your own locks - the risks
Fitting your own lock can seem straightforward. But there are many risks that can lead to breaking your lock, your door, or being locked out (or in!)
Ordering the wrong size
To accommodate the many types of door and handle there are many different sizes of lock. Getting the wrong size can cause problems other than the poor appearance of the lock sitting inside the handle or sticking out too far. If the lock is too short the key may not fit and water entering the mechanism can lead to long term breakdowns. Locks that are too long are a visible temptation for burglars.
Ordering the wrong handing
Some of the more secure locks on the market are now handed. Ordering the right size only to find that the inside and outside are the wrong way round can be avoided by using an experienced locksmith.
Knowing how to clean the chamber
The manufacturing process of a door creates swarf and dirt that normally stays inside the door frame (particularly for PVC doors). When the cylinder is removed this dirt can fall into the lock mechanism. At first this may feel like the lock is stiff, but it can lead to jamming and possible damage to the entire multi-point locking system, which generally requires a locksmith to fix.