Monday, 22 April 2013

Five more random Locksmith Tips | Locksmith Blog


Had loads of positive feedback regarding the last post i made earlier in the month sharing five random locksmith tips.

So by popular demand i shall follow with a further five tips to improve your locksmithing experience, just the little things that can improve an awkward job, speed things up a little and make life easier for us.

1/ Inserting the Yale tailpiece

When changing a nightlatch cylinder it is often difficult to re-insert the tailpiece of the rim cylinder into the slot in the back of the nightlatch, particularly on the small backsets.
I find that filing the corners slightly off the tailpiece will guide it home much smoother without trying to poke it in place with a wire.

2/ Picking Eclipse/Walsall lever locks

These new grey cheapo BS lever locks have a serious flaw. My mate, a locksmith in Stoke, noticed only the frontmost lever in the pack is capable of engaging the antipick notch due to the ridiculous design of the bolt. An easy pick knowing that once the back four are set all you need to do is lift that front lever in.

3/  Yale MPL grub screws

Lost the grub screw from that old yale mech? Cut down a normal euro retaining screw and remove the head.  Saw a small notch into the end and file tidy before inserting with a flat blade screwdriver.

4/  Save good curtainwheels

Hang on to unworn curtainwheels from old locks. These come in handy when repairing welded gate locks. Nine times out of ten I have found the problem is a worn curtainwheel and replacing the innards saves you serious time and more importantly the customers money.

5/ Latched PVC door - No letterbox

Split spindles can have a customer locked out even though the door is as good as open. When there is no letterbox handy to use a letterbox tool I use a flat steel bar and pry open the latch area.
The PVC has more than enough flex to remain undamaged and the door will simply pop open unscathed. Childsplay, just try make it look more technical than it really is.

Hope these few nuggetts are of help to you.

Rick - Ricks Locksmiths

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Five Locksmith Tricks & Tips | Locksmith Blog

Working as a self employed locksmith brings new challenges every day.

Seldom are two jobs the same and there are always head scratching moments when encountering a new lock problem.

Most of a locksmith's knowledge is gained through solving these problems and discovering new techniques to make life easier next time around.

Here are five random tips & tricks I have discovered over the years that may be of benefit to you and your locksmith business:

1/ Drilling into a lever pack

When drilling a lock case lever pack side, you can prevent the tip of the drill burring up the levers by using a flat tipped drill bit for the final penetration. Bending or damaging that front lever can cause a world of pain so a quick swap of the drill bits is well worth practicing!

2/ Planning ahead

Before setting out on your lockout job, quickly log into Google Maps and find the address then take a closer look at the door. This helps in recognising the property which may be harder to spot on a dark night but also lets you take a good guess at the types of lock to expect. Its surprising how many customers describe something completely different on the phone.

3/ Check all doors and windows

When attending a lock out you should weigh up all your options before commencing work, particularly destructive openings. Occasionally there are other doors and windows already unlocked that are overlooked by the panicking customer and the majority of the time the alternative doors have weaker security or keys still inside the lock. Why fight against the heavily secured main door?

4/ Mortice keys that just spin 360 degrees

A common problem with lever deadlocks is the curtain or bolt tail breaking off through excessive force and the main symptom would be a key spinning all the way without unlocking the door. Since you have the key to hand you can insert and turn to 180 degrees to align the levers with the bolt stump. Access the bolt with a tidy hole or through the door-frame gap to manually inch the bolt open.

5/ Millenco uPVC mechanisms (submitted by Locksmith Walsall)

When changing a cylinder on a Millenco mechanism in a upvc door, always remember to use the smaller retaining screw and never the new one supplied with the cylinder. A screw that is too long will enter too far into the lock case and prevent parts from moving, worst case scenario results in a bent mechanism! A costly mistake that you don't want to make.

Five completely random tips for locksmiths. I hope to share some more in the future.

Mike: Huddersfield Locksmiths