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Door Lock Elements – Do You Know What’s Inside?

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When you have a problem with the lock on your door, the best thing you could do is call an expert locksmith who has the necessary knowledge and expertise to handle any issue which might arise.

Even so, it makes sense to know more about the door lock elements and understand how they work. That’s because the lock on your door is one of the main safety devices which protects your property, your goods and your family.

There are different types of doors and locks on the market right now, so obviously not all of them are built the same.

However, the basic door lock elements included in this article are common to most of the locks which can be found in stores and in many homes right now.

The Latch

Also referred to as a bolt, the latch is a piece of metal which extends into the door frame through the strike plate. The lock mechanism engages the bolt inside the door. This action holds the door closed.

There are two main types of latches:

  • Spring latches. A spring mechanism holds the bolt in place. The spring is compressed to unlock the bolt. When the bolt is released, it automatically goes back into a locked position.
  • Deadbolts. This type of latch doesn’t have a spring loading mechanism and it can be locked or unlocked using a key or with a knob placed on only one side of the door.

One of the major differences between deadbolts and spring latches is the first don’t have doorknobs or door handles and the second do.

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Also, deadbolts are seen as being the more secure option because a deadbolt can only be moved to the open position by rotating the lock cylinder (which happens when using the correct key).

Therefore, it’s harder to unlock a door with deadbolts without the correct key.

The Cylinder

The cylinder is one of the most important door-lock elements because this is where you insert your key. Generally speaking, if the correct key is not used, the door won’t open.

So how does the cylinder know when the right key is used? The mechanism uses a set of spring-loaded pins which prevent the cylinder from turning when engaged – unless the correct key is used.

Whenever a key is inserted into the cylinder, the uneven edge forces the pins upward to different heights. When the appropriate key is used, each one of the pins moves into its correct position and height for the lock and the door opens.

Otherwise, the key will not turn inside the cylinder.

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The Strike Plate

The strike plate is the metal plate which is attached to the door jamb. One of its main characteristics is it has a hole or holes (also known as the box) for the latch of the door.

The primary purpose of the strike plate is to lead the latch bolt from the cylinder into the box of the door frame and strengthen the lock mechanism. When the lock is activated, the bolt extends into the hole in the strike plate to hold the door closed.

Nowadays, strike plates come in a variety of different shapes and styles. The opening on them can be:

  • squared
  • rounded
  • flat on one side and rounded on the other (this depends on how the latch which goes into the strike plate is shaped)

Now You Know More About the Basic Door Lock Elements

It’s important to mention electric-based locks have an entirely different setup. But in case you have a traditional door lock, this article should have helped you shape a better understanding of how it all works.

As you’ve seen, a door lock mechanism is both straightforward and sophisticated at the same time.

So if you need reliable locksmith services, get assistance from an expert. Contact us online or call us at 0800 0612 677 and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

4 Tips on How to Protect Your Holiday Home All Year Long

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If you are fortunate to have a place to get away at the end of the week or for a few weeks in summer, you likely want to spend as much time as possible there.

However, you do have to go back to your year-round home at some point. And when that moment comes, it’s essential to make sure your second property is shielded against trespassing, vandalism and burglary.

So how can you protect your holiday home all year long? Start by considering these preventive measures.

1. Install Security Cameras to Protect Your Holiday Home

One of the best ways to keep an eye on your property even when you are miles away is to invest in a monitored security system.

There is a broad range of security camera systems to choose from nowadays, so it should be relatively easy to find one to fit your needs.

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Some CCTV systems even offer homeowners the ability to check up on their properties in real-time using a dedicated app on their smartphones, tablets or PCs.

This means you can keep track of what’s going on at your holiday property whenever you want, whether you are at home or away.

2. Consider a Holiday Home Alarm System

Alarms are an excellent visual hindrance to stop burglars from targeting a home.

In fact, recent statistics have shown 60% of burglars would be discouraged from attempting to enter a property if they notice there was an alarm system in place.

What’s more, with a monitored alarm system, you will be alerted about any issues as soon as they occur and take further actions.

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3. Don’t Leave Any Spare Keys on the Property

The absolute worst thing you could do is hide a set of spare keys outside the home, in places like under the door mat, up on the door frame, in hanging baskets or under plant pods.

Burglars know where to look, so take all spare keys with you and keep them in a safe place at your main residence to protect your holiday home.

If you do want to let friends, neighbours or a cleaning person in when you are away, technology provides several electronic options for these types of situations, as well.

For instance, you could have a Yale smart lock installed. This gives you full control when it comes to whom and when people have access to your property.

If you need to, you can set a PIN code which only works for 24 hours for the person you want to grant permission into your home.

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4. Burglar-proof Your Doors and Windows

Doors and windows are the main entryways burglars use when breaking into a property.

This means they are the first two things you should think about when it comes to making your holiday home more secure.

  • Doors. To ensure a superior level of security, we recommend you have a 3 level locking system installed on the external doors. This will discourage burglars and protect your holiday home.
  • Windows. All windows should be tightly locked at all times. Also, use curtains or blinds to prevent prying eyes from looking in, especially if your second home is well-furnished or if you keep electronics there year-round.

Don’t forget to secure all entries to adjacent buildings on your property, as well (tool shed, kitchenette, garage, boathouse or storage lockers).

Need a Locksmith?

Many of the preventive measures included in this article will require the work and expertise of a locksmith.

If you are planning to increase the security of your holiday home shortly and gain peace of mind, we encourage you to take a look at the locksmith services we offer and see how we can help.

Contact us if you have any questions.

Benefits of Hiring a Locksmith Instead of DIY

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You might feel tempted to use the DIY method when it comes to changing a lock for your new home or simply try to repair one which broke.

However, this is definitely not a good idea. Only a professional locksmith can guarantee the proper installation. If you decide to do it yourself, you may not install it the right way, which may lead to security issues.

Hiring a locksmith is the best decision you can make whenever you need help with lock installations or fixing.

Here are the top reasons why you should hire a locksmith instead of DIY.

1. Locksmiths Know What They’re Doing

Professional locksmith companies will always make sure their employees are well-trained and can install any lock properly.

At LockRite, we not only provide excellent craftsmanship, but we also give 12-month manufacturer’s warranty on all parts and 90 days guarantee on all workmanship.

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Chances are you will risk damaging the entire system when trying to change a lock because you don’t have the necessary experience and skills locksmiths have.

They can also provide multiple services, such as lock outs, lock repairs, lock repairs, smart locks, key cutting, window boarding, security surveys and alarms. Hiring a locksmith means you will have a multi-talented handyman who can fix many areas of your home.

2. Locksmiths Have the Right Equipment

Installing or changing locks is not as easy as it may seem. You are going to need the appropriate tools to do this, and of course, the knowledge on how to use them.

There are specific tools which are used for certain locks, so it’s best not to use whatever you have in your toolbox and let a professional take care of this. Having the right tools will ensure the fact that the door and the system won’t be damaged.

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3. Locksmith Can Provide Valuable Advice

Hiring a locksmith has its perks.

If someone calls us because their lock broke or malfunctioned, then we will do a security survey (if the client wants) to make sure the home and the property are secure.

We will also provide advice which will ensure your property will not become a potential target for burglars in the future and most importantly even if you installed a lock yourself, it won’t make your home vulnerable.

At the same time, we can give you the best advice on choosing the right lock for you depending on your budget.

4. Locksmiths Have Flexible Schedule

Most locksmith companies provide extremely fast service and have a lot of experts ready to go if they receive a call from someone.

At LockRite, we’re on-call 24 hours a day for all types of locksmith work. So whether it’s day or late at night, you can give us a call and we’ll aim to get to you within 30 minutes.

Why are we so fast, you’re asking? Because the locksmiths live within the locality they’re serving and so they can arrive at your home as soon as possible.

Hiring a Locksmith Is the Way to Go

DIY is a risky way to go when it comes to repairing your door lock or installing a new one. Imagine you could lose not only precious time trying to figure out how to do things right, but a lot of money as well because you may end up breaking the security system.

If you want to get a quote, have an inquiry or book a locksmith, don’t hesitate to contact us here

7 Lockpicking Facts Every Homeowner Should Be Aware of

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Lockpicking is not just an ability locksmiths need to have. A lot of people do it as a hobby to learn more about locks and how they work, but to also make use of this skill for other inappropriate purposes.

If you’re passionate about lockpicking facts, you are simply curious about this topic or want to know how to choose your door locks, then this article is for you.

Door locks come in various shapes and sizes, with many innovative designs and have the purpose of providing us with a sense of security.

Let’s discover 7 interesting lockpicking facts every homeowner should know. 

1. Most Locks Can Be Easily Picked

The theory states if a lock has more pin stacks, then it will be more secure than one with fewer pins. More stacks ultimately means there will be way more key variations and so it will be more difficult to raise all the pins in order to pick the lock.

But the truth is nearly all locks have imperfections, especially those who sell at a low price.

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2. Minimal Changes to Locks Can Go a Long Way

When buying a new door lock, you can ask your locksmith to do some minor changes to it in order to improve its security.

For example, specially-shaped top pins, such as spool pins or serrated pins, can deter typical picking and raking attempts and make the lifting process almost impossible. Raking is a lockpicking method which uses a tool called a rake in order to move multiple pins at once.

3. Higher-Security Features Are Not a Guarantee

Over the years, there have been developed many different high-security locks which provide excellent protection against lockpickers.

However, you should keep in mind not all of them can protect your home the same way because some have certain weaknesses. Before committing to a high-functioning lock, ask the advice of a locksmith, so they can help you make the best decision.

Also, keep in mind locks become more vulnerable if the dead bolt is not installed properly.

4. Lockpicking Does Not Destroy Door Locks

Probably one of the most important lockpicking facts is this one: lockpicking is truly an art because locksmiths can open a lock without a key and most importantly, without damaging the lock or the door.

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5. Lockpicking Is Rarely Used by Burglars

This skill is not particularly common among burglars because they mainly use other techniques to break into a house, which are much more convenient and simpler. For example, they can just force the entry through the windows.

6. Lockpicking Helps Manufacturers

One of the safest ways for manufacturers to test the security of the new locks they develop is to have them picked by professionals. Thanks to locksmiths, today’s locks have better anti-picking mechanisms which include the ability to block the use of certain tools.

7. Lockpicking Is Not As Easy As We See In The Movies

Chances are that you’ve seen plenty of films where the bad and the good guys were picking locks with just their credit card.

The truth is that it’s not as smooth as actors make it seem.

We Bring You Lockpicking Facts and More

We want you to know you can count on us 24/7 for any problems you may have with your door lock. We cover all aspects of general locksmith work and we aim to get to you within 30 minutes.

You can give us a call at 0800 0612 677 for a free, no obligation quote whenever you’d like.