Door Locks. Monday , December 11th , 2017 - 22:28:12 PM
uPVC Door and double glazing multipoint locks are prone to jamming shut where maintenance has been neglected or the weather prevents the mechanism in the door working smoothly. Depending on the type of uPVC door lock fitted in the door there are various methods of unjamming.Our locksmith found that cheaper doors are usually fitted with roller type locks.These locks have rollers that slide up and down into keeps when the handle on the door is lifted upwards.These doors can be unjammed using a wide flat steel bar or door spreader. The rollers will easily pop out of the keeps unjamming the door when a spreading force is exerted. This is also considered a security flaw in older uPVC doors since it is such an easy method of opening the door. Our locksmith found that on the more modern and expensive makes of door, hook and deadbolt style multipoint locks are fitted.
If your door only uses the one hole it is possible to carefully dismantle the gearbox and sway over the sheared gear for the redundant gear and then re-assemble for an easy fix. This can save you £75 for a new strip so is well worth trying. Its a secret tip that a lot of locksmiths would prefer the customer did not know! Once the lock is repaired and back in the door you may find that door still fells stiff on locking. This is probably the reason your door failed in the first instance and it needs to be resolved before you continue regular use of the uPVC door. Usually an adjustment on the top hinge of the door, winding the screw a few turns to pull the top corner of the door up and inwards will solve the issue. Some more misaligned doors will require keeps in the frame adjusting to ensure the lock is meshing smoothly without forcing. You should never be forcing the handle up when locking the door, if it does not work smoothly you will be applying unnecessary force and ultimately break the lock again. I hope that this quick guide is of use and saves you all some money, however if you feel anything here is out of your depth or you lack the required tools to do so, please call a local locksmith to help.
Garage Locks with Recessed Handles Recessed handles are absent in some locks designed for garage doors. These kinds of handles display a lock, which works to release the handle upon rotation. These produce more protection over common garage door handles that could be opened forcefully by burglars. Door locks that have recessed handles makes the garage door to be forced upon with a crowbar by intruders. Garage Lock Bars The devices already stated are suitable for garages, which do not have vital items to keep. Nonetheless, if you have pricey things such as a vintage car and you keep them in your garage, spending the extra money on a more secure lock is definitely worth the investment.
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