Author Archives: Gary Rodgers

UPVC Patio Doors – Drastic Action

Broken UPVC Patio Doors Window Frame Keep
Broken French Door Window Frame Keep

Patio Doors Won’t Open or Close

It’s the time of year again where, because of the change of weather to hot sunshine, home owners are finding that the patio doors (French doors / windows) will not open, or won’t close after being opened.  These doors are normally closed for much of the year and when the nice weather comes, along with a large change in temperature, we find that the doors can become mis-shapen or may have dropped.

Any such change can cause the door to catch on the door frame and you may find that you need to lift the door in order to get it to close.  Once closed, you may also find that that it won’t lock.  All of this is caused by movement in the door caused by the change of weather and if not addressed, can require expensive repairs.

UPVC Patio Door Frame
UPVC French Door Frame

In the cae of these photos, the master door, or lead door of the patio / french windows had dropped quite considerably and as a result, it was catching on the slave door and the frame.  Instead of addressing the problem door, a previous home owner had instead decided to modify the slave (opposite) door so that it was no longer catching, by cutting away some of the UPVC door frame and removing the plastic packers which are located behind the door keeps.

Not only has this compromised the security of the door but it has also damaged it beyond repair.  This kind of practice is very much discouraged and I always, always recommend that you call your local independant locksmith Bradford if you notice any change in the way your door works.  Chances are that it will be an easy, and relativley inexpensive fix if done before it’s too late.

For any help or advice, pease get in touch with me via my contact page, or on most social media platforms such as my facebook page.

Stunning Brisant Sweet Ultion Lock Upgrade

Brisant Sweet Ultion Lock Upgrade

Brisant Sweet Handle and Ultion Lock Upgrade

This customer was over the moon with their upgrades.  Originally they had changed their letterbox to a chrome letterbox after the original one became damaged.  However, the new chrome letterbox no longer matched the brass handles, and after doing a little research, and knowing that I was their local locksmith in Wrose, Bradford they contacted me to look at upgrading their handles and locks.

You can buy Brisant Sweet Handles in my shop here

I explained the features of the Ultion 3* Sold Secure Diamond lock, and also offered the option of even further protection by recommending the Brisant Sweet handles too.  The Sweet range of handles have a patented curved design which makes it impossible for them to be gripped with mole grips (the intruders tool of choice).  This curved design is also just one of the great features of the Brisant Lock Lock handle range too, their 2* Security Handles.

The Ultion lock comes with a £1000 guarantee if a burglar snaps Ultion and breaks in, while the Sweet handles boast a 20 year guarantee on all SIX of the stunning finishes, ensuring that they will look just as good as they day they were installed for many years to come.

Get in touch with me on facebook or via my contact page if you would like any help or advice.

Broken 3 Lever Mortice Lock

Broken 3 Lever Mortice Lock

I was called out today to an apartment in Bradford.  The tenant was having trouble with the lock in her door, it was a standard 3 lever mortice lock which had failed.  The latch of the lock had also dropped out completely.  As I began to remove the old mortice lock after removing the door handles, I immediately found that it was a little hard to remove than normal.  Now usually once the door handle had been removed, and the handle spindle, the mortice lock should easily slide out of the recess in the door.  This one however had clearly been sent to test me!

It did not want to move at all.  It actually took me around 15 minutes to remove the lock, being careful not to cause any damage to the tenants door.  Using improvised wedges such as screwdrivers and chisels, I had to use the burglars tool of choice, a pair of mole grips, to clamp onto the mortice lock.  Waggling the lock up and down whilst trying to pull it out, the faceplate actually snapped off in the process.

You can see the marks where I had my mole grips on the lock near where the faceplate should be.  The markings you can see round the key hole area would have been caused when the lock had been hammered into place.  It is safe to say that, for reasons best known to themselves, whoever installed this lock in the first place was not an experienced locksmith.  I dare say not even a joiner.  There is no way that this lock was installed without having to be hammered into the recess.  It was so tight that it would definately have been compressing the lock case, stopping it from operating freely and has resulted in it failing.

I took the time, as any good locksmith would, to chisel the recess out more, in order for the new mortice lock to be inserted very easily.

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Broken 3 Lever Mortice Lock
Broken 3 Lever Mortice Lock

Lock picking

Non destructive lock picking.

One of todays jobs by GR & Son Locksmiths Bradford required lock picking.  The customer didn’t have the keys for this euro cylinder but needed it changing.  My policy is non destructive work whenever possible so this euro cylinder lock was picked in order to move the cam in line so that the lock can be removed.  This is something that would normally be done with the key.

The cylinder was replaced with a high security Ultion 3* Sold Secure Diamond lock.

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Euro Cylinder Lock Picking

Door Security Bolts

Door security bolts, also known as

rack bolts are a great addition to any wooden door.

They can offer additional security to an external wooden door, to compliment your existing mortice lock and or nightlatch (also known as a Yale lock).

Wooden Door Security Bolts

It’s important that you don’t rely on these security bolts as your primary door lock.

Normally installed in pairs, each lock would be morticed into the door, one at the top and one at the bottom.  They are operated with a star shaped key, normally from only one side but they can be operated from both sides if required.

They are great to use to restrict access to certain areas on internal wooden / timber doors.  Unlike a normal door lock which would only take a half or full turn of the key to throw the bolt, the star shaped key requires a few turns to gradually extend the bolt which then goes into the frame of the door.

Mortice rack bolt in door fitted by Bradford Locksmith Gary

If you would like any free help, advice or home security check, you can contact me via my contact form here, or via my facebook page.

What are Sash Jammers?

Sash Jammers

You may have heard of sash jammers, but what are they?

Are sash jammers any good?

Can I install sash jammers myself?

Let’s take a look;

As a local Bradford locksmiths I always advise on fitting sash jammers whenever possible.  There are some circumstances where sash jammers cannot be installed, which is why I always offer free locksmith Bradford home visits.

This image shows a single sash jammer along with the other pieces it comes with in order to correctly install it.

 

Sash Jammer Kit Locksmiths Bradford

Sash jammers are a simple idea and designed to compliment your existing door and window security.  Fitted to doors and windows that open inwards or outwards, sash jammers help to prevent the door or window being opened if the other security has been compromised, such as the door lock and handle.

Sash jammers should not be relied upon as the primary source of security on a door or window, and if you have a door or window where the lock is not working, but you have a sash jammer, I strongly suggest that you contact your local locksmith so he or she can fix the door or window.

It is recommended that sash jammers should be installed to all doors and windows on the ground floor of a property.  Usually a minimum of two sash jammers per door, and two per window depending upon the size of the window.  It’s not always possible to install sash jammers however, as they are quite a bulky device, and not all doors have enough room around the frame to fit a sash jammer in.  In this case you should consult your local locksmith for advice on alternative security measures.

Fab and Fix locking sash jammer on window

The image above shows a sash jammer installed to a window and in the locked position.  Some sash jammers are lockable which means that they come with what is known as a “lock block” and key.  When unlocked, the small block comes away from the sash jammer so it can be operated, and when locked, the lock block is put into place and locked.  This prevents the sash jammer from being operated.

As you can see from the photo, the sash jammer is installed in such a way that the “arm” comes down from the top.  When installing on a door it is vital that it is not installed in this orientation because if the sash jammer arm starts to become loose over time, you can run the risk of it dropping down and potentially locking you out of your property.  So the sash jammer must be installed the other way round so that the arm comes up from the bottom.

Correctly Installed Sash Jammer

The photo above shows a correctly installed sash jammer on a door, and as you can see, if it was to fail for whatever reason, the sash jammer arm will just fall down…..no lockout caused!

So, can i just screw a sash jammer into the frame?  Well, yes and no.  It would depend upon the structure of your UPVC frame.  Some UPVC frames have steel box section reinforcement inside the UPVC, in this case you can use the supplied self tapping screws and fix straight to the steel frame within.  This will give a good solid fix.

However, if your frame has no steel reinforcement, then simpy screwing into the UPVC will not provide a solid fix.  In this case you must use the supplied jack nuts and bolts.  Check the instructions that come with your sash jammers in order to do this correctly, or consult your local locksmith to have them professionally or correctly installed.

As always, I offer free help and advice and you can contact me via my contact page here, or via my business facebook page here.

Locksmith Work

Todays locksmith work in Bradford

included attending a property for a landlord who’s tenant couldn’t close the door. I actually attended yesterday and because the part had to be ordered, I made the door secure for the night.

I returned today to install the new GU Ferco multipoint mechanism, and threw in a brand new pair of Ferko UPVC door handles for free……because I’m kind like that 😀

Are you a landlord, lettings agent or HMO owner?  Get in touch with me if you should require the services of a Bradford locksmith.

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Change key safe combination

How to change key safe combination code

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This post and video covers the Burton Safes Keyguard Combi key safe, but the principal will be pretty much the same with other key safes in the same category, on how to change or set the combination code.

With the key safe door removed, you need to ensure that the current code is already set.  From new, this will be at 0,0,0,0

Turning the door over you can now move the code set pin, push it down then to the right so it sits in the small recess.  Then turn the door over to view the combination wheels and set them to your desired code.  The numbers you choose must line up with the centre line indicated by the red arrow.

Once you have set your new code, push the code set pin back to the left and it will spring back into place.  That’s your new code set!

Check my other blog post for a review of the Keyguard Combi key safe.

Burton Safes Key Safe

Burton Safes Key Safe – Keyguard Combi

This is a really budget friendly key safe from Burton Safes.

You can buy Burton Safes Key Safe in my shop

Small but very roomy with plenty of space for keys.  When I looked at this key safe I could fit three euro cylinder keys and two mortice lock keys, and still have room for more keys.

It’s front panel comes away from the key safe so you have full access to the recess, and it’s easy to set and change the code, which I cover this in another video.  It is supplied with the wall fixings and weather resistant rubber cover.  Topped off with a 5 year guarantee!  What’s not to like?

These Burton Safes Keyguard Combi Key Safes are only £29.99 plus postage. Available from my ebay page, facebook shop or just get in touch to arrange purchase.