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If you have a problem with one of your locks it can be tempting to try and fix it yourself rather than call a locksmith. This short presentation explains why this is usually not a good idea. The post Is It Easy to Change A Lock – Slideshow appeared first on Hero...
If you lose your keys, lock yourself out or have a broken lock, finding a good locksmith quickly is essential. Unfortunately, it’s in emergency situations like this that rash decisions are made. This is because the need to get it sorted as quickly as possible overrides everything else. You may think that is not really […] The post 3 Common Myths About Locksmiths appeared first on Hero...
If you lose your keys, lock yourself out or have a broken lock, finding a good locksmith quickly is essential. Unfortunately, it’s in emergency situations like this that rash decisions are made. This is because the need to get it sorted as quickly as possible overrides everything else. You may think that is not really a problem because all locksmiths are pretty much the same. This is definitely one myth that needs debunking. The services and skills that a locksmith can provide, varies enormously. Prices can also vary widely with some locksmiths charging up to 3 times the price that others charge for exactly the same job!
Misinformation surrounding locksmiths is often based on these common myths
Yes, some locks are relatively easy to pick and any half-decent locksmith should have no problem opening them. However, other locks can be extremely difficult to pick and many locksmiths just don’t have the right skills. There are lots of different locking mechanisms already out there and on top of that manufacturers are continually producing even more secure locks for doors. Learning how to pick each type of lock has to be mastered and this can take hours and hours of practice.
Unfortunately, some rogue locksmiths do not want to put the time and effort into this and will reach for the drill straight away, removing the old lock and replacing it with a brand new one. This will cost you substantially more than the cost of a skilled locksmith picking the original lock. It may also damage your door. Looking for a locksmith with non-destructive entry skills is usually well worth the time and effort.
Unfortunately, this couldn’t be more wrong! Many of the larger national locksmiths charge several times the amount that a small local locksmith will charge. Charging structures also vary widely with some locksmiths charging by the hour. This can be deliberately misleading because you will not know how much you are going to be charged for a job until it is finished. Any experienced locksmith should be able to provide a pretty accurate quote for the whole job just from discussing the problem with you over the phone. In addition, many locksmiths add sneaky extra charges for ‘call out’ or for working at the weekend.
You may think that all locksmiths will fit good quality parts that are right for the job and have passed strict testing. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Some locksmiths (to save money) will fit very poor quality locks bought cheaply from places like e-bay. When locks like these fail, good luck trying to get the original locksmith to come back and replace them. On the other hand, a good locksmith will always fit branded locks that meet the required security standards. These locks will usually have the British Standard Kite Mark displayed on the packaging and on the lock itself. Locks like this will usually come with a one year guarantee although, of course, are likely to be good for considerably longer.
It is not hard to see that falling for any of the 3 myths above could cost you. If you are looking for a locksmith in a hurry, make sure you ask about their charges including any ‘extras’ and always get more than one quote. It is also worth taking the time to quickly check out their reviews on sites such as Google, Yell and Facebook.
As an Edinburgh locksmith, I have lots of experience dealing with UPVC door repairs. This type of door is very popular, particularly in more modern homes. There are many good reasons why people love UPVC doors. They are durable and very low maintenance. They can be kept clean with a simple wipe down and don’t […] The post Common UPVC Doors Problems and What to Do appeared first on Hero...
As an Edinburgh locksmith, I have lots of experience dealing with UPVC door repairs. This type of door is very popular, particularly in more modern homes. There are many good reasons why people love UPVC doors.
Unfortunately, UPVC doors can also suffer from a number of common problems.
In conclusion, although there are some common problems associated with UPVC doors, they are still a great option for many homes as long as
If you need help with any locks in your property Hero Locksmith can help. I am a Trusted Trader locksmith in Edinburgh and carry a wide range of affordable, high security (BS3621) insurance approved locks. Give me a call on 0131 603 7329 or get in touch via my website.
We all know that it is vital that your front door is secured properly as this is the way that many burglars will attempt to enter your property. Most people will also know that the best way to do this is to employ a local locksmith to fit strong, reliable British Standard locks. However, fewer […] The post 5 Easy Ways to Prevent Letterbox Burglary appeared first on Hero...
We all know that it is vital that your front door is secured properly as this is the way that many burglars will attempt to enter your property. Most people will also know that the best way to do this is to employ a local locksmith to fit strong, reliable British Standard locks. However, fewer people will be aware of the potential security problems that can be caused by their innocent-looking letterbox.
Letterbox burglary is when a burglar uses a letterbox on the front door to either break into a property or steal keys for a car that is parked outside the property. They will either push their hand through the letterbox and reach up to try and unlock the door from the inside or they will insert a fishing rod gadget with a hook on the end to ‘fish’ for keys left lying around. Both of these methods can be very effective ways of quickly and quietly gaining access to your property or stealing your car. This type of burglar doesn’t even require the skills necessary to pick or break a lock.
Unfortunately, burglars are always looking for new and easy ways to get access to your property. It is essential to keep on top of all areas of your home security to ensure that you don’t suffer as a result of their latest dodgy technique.
As a trained local locksmith in Edinburgh, my priority is to give my customers great service at a great price. I am lucky because as an independent mobile locksmith my overheads are low. Unlike large national franchised locksmith companies, I do not have the expense of maintaining a call centre or call centre staff. When […] The post When Lock Picking Looks Easy appeared first on Hero...
As a trained local locksmith in Edinburgh, my priority is to give my customers great service at a great price. I am lucky because as an independent mobile locksmith my overheads are low. Unlike large national franchised locksmith companies, I do not have the expense of maintaining a call centre or call centre staff. When people call my number, they will be speaking directly to me about their lock problem. Repeat custom and recommendations from past customers to family and friends are also important to my success as a locksmith. This is why it good customer service, speedy response times and efficient repairs are crucial to me.
However, there are some situations when being too fast and efficient can sometimes be seen as a disadvantage. For example, when I am called to a lock-out situation, where someone can’t get into their property it can usually go one of two ways. It can be a lock that is relatively quick to open and I will have the job done in a few minutes or it can be one that is extremely difficult and take a lot of time, effort and different techniques. In both cases, customers are usually very happy and grateful when their door is finally unlocked and they can get back inside. However, I suspect that when the lock has been more of a challenge, customers are more grateful than when it has been a more straightforward lock. This is understandable because we often perceive tasks that are quick to perform as being simple tasks. However, this can sometimes mask the true amount of work and skill that has gone into being able to perform a task quickly. It reminds me of this old story:
A man asks a famous artist to paint him a picture of a fish. He is told by the artist that it will take him a year to do so. 365 days later the man returns and the artist still has no painting to give him. The man is annoyed and insists that he do it straight away. The artist takes out his paints and produces the most beautiful picture of a fish. The man is stunned with the perfection of the picture but is also annoyed. He asks the artist why he has been made to wait a year for a painting that has only taken him 5 minutes to do. The artist then takes him to a cupboard and opens it. Thousands of sketches of fish fall out.
I suppose what I am trying to say is that just because a task is quick and looks easy doesn’t mean it always is. A good locksmith will have been trained and have spent hundreds of hours perfecting their non-destructive techniques before arriving at your door. There are many rogue locksmiths out there who have not done the hours of training or practice on the job and don’t know how to pick locks properly. These are the type of locksmiths who will always reach for the power tools straight away. They will drill out the lock barrel and charge for a replacement, even when this is not necessary. Unfortunately, these locksmiths give the whole industry a bad name.
So if a locksmith ever arrives at your home and gets you back inside quickly and with little fuss, be very happy that you have chosen a properly trained locksmith with exactly the right skills for the job. Make sure you store their number in a safe place.
As an Edinburgh locksmith, my customers often ask me when or under what circumstances they should change their door locks. Here are my top 8 reasons. Poor quality lock on an external door This is probably one of the most important reasons for changing a lock. Poor quality locks are a risk to your property […] The post 8 Reasons to Change Your Door Locks Now appeared first on Hero...
This is probably one of the most important reasons for changing a lock. Poor quality locks are a risk to your property and make it easy for intruders to gain entry. Locks that meet British Standard BS3621 are a definite must for all final exit doors to your property e.g. front and back doors. This standard of lock is usually a requirement for your home insurance policy too. To meet this standard a lock has to be able to withstand a drill or bolt attacks for at least 5 minutes and have added protection against lock picking.
If your house keys go missing and you don’t know if you have misplaced them or if they have been deliberately stolen it is a good idea to get your locks changed. It is a quick job for a good locksmith and doesn’t cost as much as you probably think. It will stop you worrying about who may have your keys and access to your home.
When you buy a new home it makes sense to change the locks. Even if the previous owners seem lovely and are honest as the day is long, you don’t know who else they may have given a copy of a key to in the past.
If you own a rented property it can make good sense to change the locks at the end of a tenancy. This is particularly true if the tenancy didn’t end amicably. It also allows you to control the number of keys to your property that are in circulation.
Major renovations to your property can involve a lot of tradespeople having access to your home while you are not there. Whilst 99.9% of tradespeople will be completely honest and trustworthy, there is always the risk of a dodgy sub-contractor getting access to your keys and passing them on. For a small additional price, some new locks can give you complete peace of mind.
A break-in can be a very traumatic and expensive experience. Even an attempted break-in can be upsetting. If the intruders have broken into your home by picking a lock it is a clear sign that the locks in your property aren’t up to the job and need replaced. Even if an intruder has entered your property via an open window or door, they may have found a set of house keys whilst they were looking around. This gives them easy access to your home any time they like. It also leaves you without cover from your home insurance policy if they later break into your home using one of your own keys.
Unfortunately, not all divorces and separations are amicable. Emotions can run high and sometimes it is necessary to ensure that access to your property is restricted. However, before going ahead and arranging for a locksmith to change the locks, it is usually best to check with a solicitor that it is within the law for you to do so.
Locks have moving parts and because of this are subject to wear and tear. A lock that is jammed or stiff to lock or unlock is a sign that something is not right with the locking mechanism. It may be due to a dropped snib, jammed deadlock or problems with the multi-point locking mechanism. Whatever the issue, it is a good idea to get a locksmith to check it out and replace the lock or locking mechanism if necessary. A lock that is not working correctly will not be fully protecting your property.
If you need to replace any locks in your property Hero Locksmith can help. I am a Trusted Trader locksmith in Edinburgh and carry a wide range of affordable, high security (BS3621) insurance approved locks. I will be able to advise you on the right lock for your particular door and provide a no-obligation quote. Give me a call on 0131 603 7329 or get in touch via my website.
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