One of our exterior door locks has not been working for a while. We called a different locksmith (NOT Nottingham Locks) to fix it; that locksmith just took the lock off the door, put it back in and wanted a lot of money. And it still didn't work properly couple of hours later. Frustrated, I searched for another locksmith and luckily found Nottingham Locks, who really repaired it and charged us much less.
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More and more we are asked for access control. Access control is the means of opening any locked item from a door to a building or room to a locker or safe without the use of inserting and turning a key. This is achieved by many types of uniquely identifiable reading devices digital keypads, card readers, proximity readers, touch keys, transponder keys and many others. Our surveyors design and taylor access control systems featuring all these systems.
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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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But what if there was a way you could secure your home without a key? Perhaps a keyless entry system? These words usually evoke one main feeling: expense. However, this feeling would be misplaced unless you were considering investing in high-tech biometric fingerprint readers or a retina scanner. No you don’t have to live in the future to invest in a cost-effective, keyless entry system. Your local locksmith Nottingham always has a range of cheap, secure digital locks which can be fitted to any property and any door! That means no matter whether your door is wooden or plastic, you can always have the option of securing your home with a digital lock.
Outdoor Key Safes are the ideal choice for your home security needs and are recommended by locksmiths Nottingham. Designed for storing keys securely outside the home, the key safes offer an easy access to keys for a variety of situations. Keys can be quickly accessed for emergencies, by family and friends to ease when visiting or for workmen to gain access with out a key holder. Key safes are also used on a large scale for medical and care professional for instant entry to their patients homes in Nottingham and across the county. Key safe advice form locksmiths Nottingam Using a key safe fitted by locksmiths Nottingham couldn't be any easier. Simply place the keys inside the compact and sturdy unit and when they are needed, input the code and open the safe door to reveal the keys. Each key safe is made of sturdy material that is resistant to force. The key safe can be secured onto any wall by way of wall fixings and can be placed in any location, even hidden down low out of the view of prying eyes.
A lock body houses the key hole, the mechanism, and the deadbolt when the lock is unlocked. The lock body is placed in the center of the door which ever side. The striking box is then placed in the door frame parallel to the lock body, the striking box is where the deadbolt goes when you turn your key and lock the door. Once completed the locksmith will test the lock out and see if it works. Call locksmith Nottingham now for your new lock installation today!
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Locksmiths-in-training can receive foundational knowledge and skills through programs offered at technical colleges or vocational schools. These would include basic courses on lock mechanics and manipulation, along with general skills like business management. From there, most trainees seek an apprenticeship, where they work alongside a professional locksmith. This allows them to gain experience in the field. It can also put them on a course toward certification.
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What many of our customers sometimes forget, is that we also specialise in all types of security that your home or business may require. For example, having a safe specialist Nottingham is important for all businesses – after all, it’s where you store your day’s takings overnight – but many don’t realise the extra security a safe can add to your home. Your locksmith Nottingham is able to supply, install and maintain a range of different specification safes and vaults to fit your budget and household needs. If you ever find yourself unable to get back into your safe, our record system management will allow us to prove your ownership and get yourself back in in no time. This is especially important as it’s likely you will use your safe to protect important documents such as passports. If you need access in a hurry, you need to be sure you can get a locksmith Nottingham to you as soon as possible. All our safes are guaranteed to be fire resistant and resistant to any attempts by a burglar to gain entry. With quality like that, you can’t go wrong by giving the local security experts a call today for a free quote!