Replacement ‘gearbox’ for full length locking system on composite door

2019-07-16T08:16:29+00:00July 16th, 2019|Composite door locks, Locks, uPVC|

I was called out to investigate a fault with the locking system on the front door of a property as the handles just spin completely round without locking or unlocking the door.
I replaced the failed ‘gearbox’ part of the full length locking system as the square hole that receives the 8mm square spindle from the handles was broken and not able to move when the handles were lifted or pressed down.

See some photos below.

Customer wants replacement Yale rim cylinder for this lock

2019-07-12T07:05:06+00:00July 12th, 2019|Locks, Servicing locks|

The customer called to say they just need a new Yale cylinder on the front of their front door.
Looking at the back of the door they had this Yale (modal – number 1) lock.

Whenever we replace the Yale cylinder on the front of the door we always re-pin the internal cylinder lock in the handle of the lock body.
This helps the customer keep the property more secure as they can deadlock the handle to stop people from reaching in through the glass panel in the door and unlocking the door from inside while the customer is out.

If we wouldn’t have […]

Failed lock in aluminium door replaced

2019-07-09T20:50:35+00:00July 9th, 2019|Locks, Servicing locks|

We were called out to a commercial premises to replace a failed lock in their main entrance door. The latch on this lock had disintegrated and other associated parts had fallen out.
It was a very quick repair as it just required a new lock in it’s place.

This door is their main door controlled by access control so that no-one can just stroll in to the building. With this lock being broken it leaves the building vulnerable as the door can’t be secured by the access control during the day.

These are the parts that had fallen out of the […]

Bespoke brass strike plate made & fitted

2019-07-09T21:53:06+00:00July 3rd, 2019|Bespoke|

A customer asked us to come up with a solution for a larger strike plate on an oak door frame for a standard Yale type latch to lock in to.

We bought a small sheet of 3mm brass plate, then cut and bent it in to shape. This was a lot more difficult than I had imagined it would be. I used the vise in the back of the van, but really had to beat it in to shape. Not sure I’ll be making these regularly as it took a lot of effort to bend it in to shape.

This new strike plate had to cover up some historical damage […]

Restricted section keys

2019-07-09T20:39:51+00:00June 30th, 2019|Locks, Master keying|

We’ve had a restricted key section for many years so that we can build locks and make master suites etc. When using a restricted key, security is ensured as no-one but the person who requested the locks / keys can have extra keys cut. Anyone trying to get a duplicate copy of the key from shops in town etc will find that nobody can order that keyblank to be able to duplicate the key.

If you hand a key to someone, and a while later get it back from them, you are totally confident that there is no other key held by them as they can’t have got it copied.


Gun safes and cabinets opened and re-keyed

2019-07-09T21:54:14+00:00June 22nd, 2019|Safes|

We’ve opened many gun safes / cabinets over the years and either replaced the locks with stock we carry on the van or made new keys for the existing locks while onsite.

Most gun cabinets can be picked open easily and replaced with a new key identity. There is no need to drill holes or damage the gun safe or cabinet in any way. The only reason this may possibly be needed is if the bolt work has fallen apart and is now jamming the bolt from retracting back or the door from opening. Most calls to these safes are from people who have lost the keys, and it is then easy […]

uPVC door locks

2019-07-09T19:47:58+00:00June 15th, 2019|Composite door locks, Locks, Servicing locks, uPVC|

You’d be surprised how many different locks, mechanisms, and full length locking systems we hold in stock to cater for all eventualities.

For example: uPVC doors (& composite doors) use a full length locking system to secure the door in to the door frame. This is controlled by a ‘gearbox’ part in the centre of the full length locking system. We stock many different types of these to be able to repair / replace same day.

Here are a few of the failed locking systems we’ve replaced recently


Simple mechanical code lock

2019-07-09T20:52:54+00:00June 10th, 2019|Locks|

Simple code lock fitted to a side gate today.

These aren’t security locks as such, more just a way of simply preventing access. They are the cheaper version of code lock.

This is for low usage and can often be found on a broom cupboard etc in an office building – so a door that isn’t opened constantly.

Up & over garage door lock failed

2019-07-09T21:15:32+00:00May 23rd, 2019|Locks|

There are many different makes and types of lock that fit to up & over garage doors. This one had a euro cylinder in it to lock and unlock the door and a handle to release the two latches on the inside holding the door shut.

This lock had failed and was refusing to lock / unlock with the key. When taken apart there was a broken bit of cast metal which makes it impossible to repair 100% reliably, so a new lock was needed.

It never ceases to amaze me how many different styles, types and sizes there are of essentially the same lock.

This lock […]

Failing mortise lock serviced after many years of use

2019-07-09T21:53:32+00:00May 12th, 2019|Locks, Servicing locks|

We were asked to make the old mortise locks on the front door work again, so after stripping them down, cleaning all of the dirt out of them and making new keys, we re-fitted them to the door and they work well. I really couldn’t believe the amount of dirt we got out of the old locks – they were VERY dirty.

These are Union KYY locks which are usually found on commercial glass doors.

We really enjoy this particular aspect of locksmithing as we bring good quality locks back in to circulation.

See some before and after images below. […]

Master keying locks

2019-07-09T19:52:43+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Locks, Master keying|

Today I had about 30 locks to pin to different sets of keys. These were for two different customers – one customer needed some locks to work all on the same key and the other customer has an existing master suite of locks and he required some extra locks adding to that suite.
By far the quickest and most simplistic is just to make the locks work on the same key.
When master keying the locks they have the potential to work from a variety of keys.We always want the master key to operate every lock for that site, but the other keys may not need to operate the lock.