Here at locksmith Nottingham we start the day and can never know what to expect from it. From loco outs to new lock installations there’s tonnes of services we provide and could be expected to perform every day which means we have to go through our days prepared for the worst. Most of the time the worst happens when we come out to a lock out or a lock replacement and have an image of the lock in our heads before we arrive, just to find that the lock is slightly different to the one we were expecting.
The number one cause of Upvc Door Closing and Locking Problems is misalignment of the Upvc door and it’s frame. Misalignment is normally down to worn hinges and/or incorrectly packed door panels or glass. So how do you check if your Upvc door is out of alignment and how to we remedy it. 1. Take a look at the mitres on the door and frame - they are the diagonal joints in the corners - do they line up with with each other and form a continuous straight line? 2. With your door open place a spirit level on the top of the door, is the door level? 3. Open the door ever so slightly and look down the edge of the door on the lock side, is the gap between the frame and the door consistent all the way down or is it a smaller gap or even making contact at the top? If you find any or all of the above problems then your door and frame is misaligned and that will be the cause of your locking or unlocking problems and if left will only get worse to the point where you will not be able to lock the door or cause damage to the locking mechanism resulting in a multipoint failure. Adjusting the Upvc Door Hinges to fix the misalignment. Most modern Upvc doors have FLAG HINGES fitted that have a up and down & in and out adjustment option. Older upvc doors may have BUTT HINGES fitted that offer a very limited adjustment. Adjusting a Flag Hinge. Upvc Door Closing Problems1. Lateral Adjustment 2. – 3. Height Adjustment or Compression Adjustment Height adjustment can either be No 2 or No3 depending on the make and model of the hinge. Remove the plastic plug No1 and insert an Allen Key into the hole, turn the Allen Key until the door starts to pull back towards the hinge side of the frame a great tip that will help is draw a line with a pencil on the case of the hinge and onto the door this will give you a visible indication that the door is moving in the correct direction, note how many turns you have completed and adjust the middle hinge (if needed) by the same amount until the door is level with the frame. Keep checking after every adjustment to see if the door is closing and locking correctly. If the door still catches on the bottom of the frame or is difficult to lock then you may need to raise the door by removing the plastic cover No 2 or No 3 and adjusting all of the hinges up by the same amount until the door closes and locks correctly. Again mark the position of the adjuster with the pencil until you have determined which one is the height adjustment. This can be determined by closing the door and turning adjuster No1 or No2, if the door moves towards you or away from you the adjustment is Compression, If the door moves up or down the adjuster is the height. If the door has been fully adjusted but still does not close or lock correctly there are a few more things that you will want to try. The first is to adjust the bottom hinge away from the door. This will lift the door on the lock side, but be aware that sending the door out at he bottom will also narrow the gap between the lock and the keeps and any over adjustment may make the lock or door hit the frame or keepers. The second thing you can try is to move the keeps down until they are in line with the locking points - Latch, locking Bolts, Hooks and or rollers. Butt Hinges: Upvc Door Closing and Locking ProblemsButt hinges offer very little adjustment options. The old style type of Butt Hinges have an Allen Key grub screw that holds the hinge pin in position. To adjust these type of hinges, remove the grub screw and turn the hinge pin with an Allen Key to pull the door towards the hinge side of the frame. The hinge may have just one grub screw and pin or may have two. The new style type of Butt Hinges have a cross headadjuster at the top and bottom and can be easily adjusted with a screwdriver. They only offer a very small adjustment but it may be enough to fix the locking and closing problem.

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One of the many benefits of a keyless access system is that you can change codes as often as necessary, for example when an employee leaves your company. This is much more cost-efficient than changing locks. The quality of the keyless systems fitted by Locksmith Nottingham is first class; you can rely on their smooth mechanical operation for years to come.
Locksmith Nottingham only uses the finest anti snap euro cylinders when replacing the barrels on your Upvc door, however if you don’t decide to get your Upvc lock brrels changed by ourselves we’d always encourage you to check with whoever is doing your door on whether the euro cylinders they are using are are at least anti snap, we say to do this because the most common type of break in through Upvc doors in the UK is from a method of break in called lock snapping, with anti snap locks you don’t have to worry about this happening to you! Call today and speak to one of our trained advisors about your Upvc door today and see what we can do for you!

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Locksmith Nottingham suggests a simple, cheap and effective solution to make it appear like you are at home – timers. These can be linked to a multitude of electrical devices to turn them on and make it seem like you are inside even if you are not. The most common time to use timers for lights is in the evening, as if there are no lights on it is very obvious that no one is home. These only need to be on for a few hours and shouldn’t increase your energy bill by too much, and the added security is more than worth it.

The most common of these uncommon variations is the oval shaped euro cylinder. Euro cylinders are usually found in Upvc doors and are shaped like an ice cream cone, usually that is. Sometimes we’ll get to the job expecting the first type of lock to actually discover it’s an oval shaped euro cylinder, these are a bit more expensive but the differences are purely aesthetic. Locksmith Nottingham, changes like for like and couldn’t possibly fit an oval cylinder to get more money out of you because it wouldn’t fit and visa versa the other way around. Call today and we can come and change your locks, fast.

Every locksmith we employ in Nottingham is mobile, meaning that no matter your location we will be able to help you 24/7. To give you piece of mind we are in regular contact, updating and informing you of your locksmiths estimated time of arrival. If you need assistance after a break in, our Keytek® locksmiths in Cardiff will be able to provide an emergency boarding up service. We only ever leave your home when you are satisfied that it is safe and secure.

Of course, the benefits are enormous. No longer do you have to worry about the problems associated with keys. All you have to do is make sure you remember the code. This is also useful for other people who need access to your property. Instead of having to make sure you’re in, you can give the code to your property to as many or as few people as you like. Then, if you’re really worried about the safety of your property, you can manually change the code yourself. In fact, your locksmith Nottingham recommends you do this periodically just for that added security! What’s more, if you need to restrict access, you can obviously change the code instead of having to call a locksmith to change the locks over. Save yourself time and money by investing in a secure, digital lock.

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The choice is yours, but as many professionals in the locksmith Nottingham area would agree to. There is no easier way to have yourself brought up to date. Call our number now to book in for a quick, affordable and convenient lock check. Where a friendly specialist will check that you are not lacking the security you need to keep physically and financially safe. Fast and easy roads to a more secure future. Friendly locksmith Nottingham professionals are always here to cater for your requirements. Lock checks and security inspections set aside. There is an array of alarm, key and lock services available, affordably from our workers.
Euro Cylinders – Usually found on Upvc doors, Can be either opened by a key on both sides or a key on the outside and then a thumb tab on the inside. These are the easiest and the cheapest lock to break, locksmith Nottingham reminds people to be careful when replacing these locks, to make sure you’re using anti snap and anti pick locks when installing a new euro cylinder.

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1st Express Locksmiths is an independent locksmith service based in Mansfield near Nottingham offering a professional locksmith service to both domestic and commercial customers throughout Nottinghamshire (Notts.) and the surrounding areas. Whether you need us straight away to obtain access, change locks or deal with a lock problem, or by appointment to upgrade or fit extra locks for you, we are on hand to help with a friendly service that is second to none. The majority of our business arrives through recommendation from existing and past customers. We pride ourselves on offering a competitively priced, high quality locksmith service with excellent after care.

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Being a Locksmith is not an easy career. It involves being able to have high concentration levels, self-motivation, incredible customer service skills, a robust attitude to adapt to different lock scenarios and a unique talent for providing solutions to problems. At Your Secure Locksmiths your Locksmith Nottingham team are leading Nottingham locksmiths and number one choice for many residential and commercial customers across Nottinghamshire.

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