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 - Walsall locksmiths