Door Locks. Friday , December 15th , 2017 - 02:21:48 AM
You want it to be easy for them to get in and out of the door. However, at the same time, you want to choose a lock that is going to keep thieves out of your home. Ease of use is nice; however, keep in mind, you are trying to prevent unauthorized people from entering into your home and causing harm to you or your family. So, for example, you might want to forgo a top deadlock if you are going to struggle to open this, especially if you need to do so quickly in the event of a fire. Alternatively, a quick release locking bar might be much more practical in these circumstances. These are the some of the things to keep in mind when you are selecting sliding patio door locks to protect your home with. By taking the time to look at a few different locks you will be able to find one that is both easy for you to use and strong enough to keep thieves and burglars out. Make sure to keep these tips in mind while you are shopping so that you will be able to select the best patio door lock for your home.
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.
These require a little more skill to unjam.Firstly spread the door gap carefully and hold open with soft wooden wedges to prevent frame damage. Once the location of the hooks or deadbolts are identified you can retract them manually by forcing them inwards with a strong screwdriver or bent instrument. Ensure the key has been turned into the unlock position before forcing any hooks back in place as the turn of the key is the secondary locking feature and will not allow the bolts to retract. Once the door is open you can identify the cause of the problem. usually it will be down to a failed gearbox on the multipoint lock. These contain complex cast parts that are prone to shattering and shearing when the door is particularly stiff when locking. Replacement of the gearboxes is possible on 90% of multipoint locks however some welded and riveted versions such as Millenco will require a complete locking strip. Gearbox prices can range from between £10 and £50. Locking strips more pricey can range between £30 and £150 depending on the make and model of the lock. Millenco locks feature two separate spindle gears.
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