Most homes have multipoint locks fitted, these locks normally work by lifting the handle and then turning the key to lock. Although to most people they are the same, the wholesaler I use has approximately 164 different variations of these locks. They have various back sets, centres, and can have hook bolts, rollers, deadbolts, mushrooms or a combination. They also use varying lengths and off sets of the cylinders fitted.
If you have these types of locks fitted, most home insurance polices will specify the need to have a minimum of three locking points. Although individual companies have differing requirements and you should check your policy. So far I have not come across any policies specifying the need to have the correct length cylinder fitted. This is very important due to the amount of break ins committed by using a cylinder snapping technic, you can find examples of this on the web and you tube etc.
When these locks are fitted correctly they work well, but can have quite fragile inner mechanisms which can break and jam the lock, if put under pressure. For example having to force the handle to get the key to turn. If you are having this type of problem using the door, it is worth getting a reliable locksmith to re-align it, as this will be much easier and cheaper than waiting until it fails and having to purchase and replace the whole lock.
If the worst happens, it is possible on the newer versions to replace the gearbox, which will save you money over the cost of replacing the whole mechanism. Andy Stott Locksmiths keep a range of the most popular gearboxes in stock with prices starting from £28.00.
On a recent call out in Newbury, where one of these types of lock had failed, jamming the door in the locked position, I was able to get to site in under 30 minutes. After opening the door and removing the broken locking strip, I was able to replace the gearbox with a new one from stock on the van, re fit the strip and adjust the striking plates on the door frame ensuring the lock can be used without the need to force the handle, which had been the cause of the original failure. With parts and labour the job cost the customer £90.00, if they had called before the failure I could have realigned the striking plates and the cost would have been halved, and the old mechanism would have been less likely to break as would not have to have been continually forced.
Most homes in the Thatcham / Newbury area are secured to meet with their household insurer’s policy. Although this is a good guideline, and address most issues, it is not a criteria taken into account by would be burglar’s. These people tend to look for what appears to be the least secure and therefore easiest property in the area to gain access too.
Andy Stott Locksmiths can provide an in depth security survey, making recommendations based on over thirty years experience. For peace of mind and to book your survey now call 0791380010
Have been to a company who have just moved into new offices in Overbridge Square. The main door to the office is secured with a mag lock on an access control system, but also has a mechanical lock that the keys could not be located for. On replacing the cylinder we found that the mechanism was sticking and not allowing the lock to function correctly, also the mag lock was fitted in a way that did not allow the door to fully close to allow the mechanical lock to lock into the frame. Serviced mechanism on mechanical lock and re positioned mag lock, both locks now working and customer has extra security by using second lock.
Was called to a job in Newbury, where the tenant could not remove the key from his patio door lock when the door was in the locked position. This is quite a common occurrence when the cylinder gets a bit worn. The cam slips through 180 degrees and then does not line up in the correct position in the locking mechanism. The cam can be re aligned but once it has happened the problem is likely to reoccur so I would normally advise replacing the cylinder. This can reduce overall costs as new cylinders have a manufacturers guarantee so the problem should not happen again in the near future.
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.
Had a call from a customer in Newbury who could lock and unlock her front door, but could not remove the key from the lock when it was in the locked position. This is quite a common problem with multipoint locks, and I managed to fix it and get it working correctly again.