Need to ask a locksmith some questions but do not know what he will ask you? Well below I have listed some questions that I ask when on a phone call.
The main questions are….
What type of door is it wooden, UPVC, Composite or Metal
So you will know if it is wooden, UPVC is the plastic type either white or brown coated plastic. Composite is a little different because it is made up of different materials the outside of the door may be metal, with a wooden inner with a fibre inner core. and you will know if your door is Metal- Aluminium
Second question is what type of lock?
If it is a UPVC or Composite you will normally have a Euro Lock in place support a Multi Locking Points Mechanism. these locks look like the one on the left hand side, really important to fit the correct size as this is a method that Burglars target to gain entry over sizes euro profile locks. Should always be fitted flush with the handle. They come in many different sizes, good locksmiths will carry all sizes.
On a wooden door you may see a lock from the outside that looks like the one below this is a Rim Cylinder lock with the traditional Night Latch on the back of the door. You may also see as an addition or instead of a Mortice Lock the one below is called a Sash Lock which is a deadlock with a latch located above it, you can usually tell because these keys a longer that the Rim Cylinder listed to the right.
The next question would be the problem your having, you are either:
- Locked out as you have lost keys
- Locked out because the door has locked behind you with keys inside the property
- Locked out because the lock has failed and you have keys
- Can not lock the door because the lock has failed or the door is misaligned
- You wish to upgrade your locks to insurance approved locks
- You wish to change the locks for security reasons.
Given good concise answers to these three questions would enable any reasonable locksmith to give you an accurate quotation on the work required.
If anyone cant then ring Business Name: Lockman Birmingham on Phone Number: 0121 401 1404