Recently helped a customer in Tadley

Recently helped a customer in Tadley, who was having trouble identifying which keys fitted which door as all the locks were the same make and therefore all the keys looked alike. We resolved this problem by keying all the locks alike, this means that she now has one key that works all of her doors. We also changed one cylinder to a double clutch version, which means that the key will work from the outside, even if there’s a key on the inside. This reduces the risk of being locked out of the property as even if another member of the family has left keys on the inside of all the locks, there is the one door that will still open.

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I heard a story a while ago, concerning a property where the new tenants woke to find a person asleep on the couch in the front room. It turns out he was a relation of the previous tenant and having a key to the property decided after a couple of beers to crash at his sisters place, even though she no longer lived there. All turned out to be relatively innocent but, do you know how many people have keys to your property, and who they are. How many people give a copy of the key to a neighbour in case they get locked out. Then get it back when they leave?

One solution to this is to have locks with registered keys installed, in the case of a multipoint lock, it’s just the cost of a replacement cylinder, no need to have the whole lock replaced. The advantage to having registered keys is that you have complete control over all the keys in circulation. Nobody can get extra keys cut without your authorisation, so if you issue your new tenants with 4 keys when they leave as long as you get 4 keys back there is no chance of finding someone unexpected on the couch. Initial cost of a registered lock is slightly higher than standard but gives peace of mind and the costs can be covered in the tenant agreement should there be keys missing at the end of tenancy, requiring the locks to be replaced.

If you have more than one property, you can also have a number of locks on a registered master suite system, this is where you have one “master” key that will gain entry to all the locks on the system. So if you currently have a bunch of 6 keys to cart about, you could cut this to just one. I can also supply cylinders with a split clutch, so that even if there is a key on the inside your key will still work from outside.

A customer phoned to ask if I could help her out

A customer phoned to ask if I could help her out as she had just moved into a property in Upper Bucklebury, during the move she had lost the key to a cabinet. (photo) On attending she mentioned that I had been recommended by a number of people that she knew, which was very nice, ( a bit of pressure though). I managed to open it by impressioning the lock, this is a process where you take a “blank”, cut it to size and then get markings on it by using a bit of pressure. If you exert too much pressure you can snap the blank off in the lock, can be a problem! Anyway photo’s show the story, not a bad looking key at the end, but would have preferred to have some worked brass blanks to start.





This customer’s lock looks a bit old, but it conforms to BS3621

This customer’s lock looks a bit old, but it conforms to BS3621. The people have just bought the property and had been told that a lot of keys were in circulation for this door. The lock is a “Yale” British Standard sash lock, and a we could have supplied a new replacement lock. The lock was in good working order and I saw no reason to replace it, a new lever pack giving 2 new keys and ensuring the old keys don’t work retails at around £30. I stripped the lock, changed the position of the levers and cut 4 new keys, less than a lever pack and the old keys don’t work!

Was called to a house in Newbury, where their multipoint lock has jammed

Was called to a house in Newbury, where their multipoint lock has jammed. Apparently someone else had attended and made a repair, leaving out a part that they did not think was required. I managed to Identify the lock and although I did not have one in stock. (the wholesaler stocks 164 different types). I managed to get one for the next day and install it. They can now use the front door again.