All in a Day’s Work for a locksmith

The variety we get here at Linacre Locksmiths is enormous. Many people think all locksmiths do is open locks, and maybe replace broken ones. While that is certainly part of our day to day job, there is plenty of other things we do.  Here are a couple of recent examples of the variety we get asked to deal with.

This still makes me laugh even after 14 years – the Fountains of Doom. Gearbox had failed due to stress caused by misalignment of this upvc door – it had dropped due to the weight of water within and was half an inch out at top.  This meant the rollers didn’t engage correctly with the keeps on the frame so more and more force was being applied to the lifting the handles up and so eventually the internals of the mechanism gave way, causing the lock to jam and not be able to be opened.  After opening the door i started to remove the screws on the strip, ultimately reaching the last two, and lo and behold, jets of water came streaming out. Took a good 10 minutes to drain although was still still dripping slightly when I left half an hour later.

Customer was going to speak to a upvc repair company to get the seals replaced and drain holes cleared.

Another of this week’s jobs saw a customer try his hand at doing it himself. He knew his upvc door gearbox had broken in his front door and had attempted a DIY removal and replacement. He had removed the entire mechanism from the door, and opened up the lockcase and diagnosed which small part had broken. Put it all back together, measured to order a replacement gearbox, refitted the mechanism back in the door, shut door then couldn’t re-open. He tried all sorts of drill bits to figure out why it wouldn’t open. Drilling into the latchbolt assembly didn’t help him of course. He had to call a locksmith in the end (me) to open door and then fit his eBay ordered lock.

Seeing this sort of variety certainly keeps me entertained and makes an occasional change from the humdrum. And it is what makes this job so enjoyable.  I wouldn’t want to do anything else!

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Buy cheap, pay twice. Always use a locksmith rather than a cheap handyman

Not an example of my work but I saw this on a customer’s front door today and thought I would share. Obviously the original multipoint locking system had failed. But rather than source and fit a direct replacement, the handyman (or cowboy) that did this used a completely unsuitable mechanism as an alternative. The mech he fitted was for a upvc door not a wooden one, so his mech had rollers that stuck out proud from the door edge.  No bother for this intrepid workman. He just hacked out pieces of the frame so the rollers could enter and the door could close. The full length keep plate is a right mess and it is a struggle to raise the handles fully due to all the misalignment between mech rollers/hook bolts and the slots in the keep. Due to the differences in this mechanism and the original he also had to fit new handles.  But because the backset is different, the new handles do not quite cover the original handle screw holes and euro profile hole in the door.

I dread to think what the landlord paid his handyman for this poor effort, but if he had called me then job would have been done right using the right parts and without any damage to frame.

 

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