Went to a customer in Thatcham, who’s front door multipoint lock had loose handles. On inspection I found that the handle springs had broken, allowing them to drop and not sit straight. I serviced the lock and fitted new handle springs, which I had in stock on the van. The customer now has straight handles that return to the correct position every time.
Have been to a customer in Hungerford, who’s lock had jammed, and so had forced the door. The customer had decided to get a new door, as the existing one was very old and sticky. I managed to make repairs, to the door and fit a new lock to secure it until the new one is installed.
I have been asked about lubrication of locks by a few people over the cold snap. What I normally advise is to use the lubricant like a cleaning product. If you spray any moving parts then wipe them off this should ensure the smooth operation of the lock. As most lubricants on the market have some degree of water content, by flooding the mechanism with oil there is a possibility of an increased risk of freezing, and also the excess oil can trap dirt and jam it up.
Have replaced four sets of Scandinavian cylinders at a property in Headley, for a customer who has just purchased a new house there. This has given them peace of mind knowing that, they are the only people with any viable keys.
Was called to a customer who was worried a someone had a key to their property. It was a multipoint lock and as I had the correct size cylinder on the van I was able to change it immediately. The new cylinder came with three keys as standard, but the customer needed an extra one, so as I have key cutting facilities on the van I was able to cut an extra and try it, to make sure it worked whilst on site.
Met up with a landlord at his property, who wanted to make sure that the new tenants would be secure when they move in later this week. The property is a flat with just the one entrance, and by replacing the cylinder and cutting extra keys, we have ensured that any old keys in circulation will no longer give entry to the property.
A customer in Thatcham had lost keys to his up and over garage door, locking all his tools inside. I attended, picked the existing lock and then replaced the T handle ensuring that the garage could be used and the old keys no longer operate it, in case they are found by someone else.
Went to a property in Newbury, where the customer had lost the only key to her back door. I opened the lock and made her a new key by hand as it was only a secondary lock, and this has saved the customer money not having to replace the lock.
Went to a customer in Thatcham who was having problems opening and closing a bathroom window. I adjusted the striking plates and replaced the handle, it’s all working fine again. They now want me to replace the broken letter plate on the front door. Varied work locksmithing!
Have been to a customer who had lost a key for a five lever lock on her front door. The lock met the latest British Standard and was in good order. But due to the lost key the security was compromised. Rather than sell her a new lock, I replaced the lever pack therefore changing the key, and saving 50% of the cost of a new lock.