It's been a while since my last blog entry, but this issue is something we come across a lot during the holiday season. So, here goes...
Picture the scene - You're on your holidays, sitting on a beautiful sandy beach & basking in a Mediterranean sun. When your pet sitter calls you to say they're locked out as the key/lock failed. What do you do? Do you attempt to talk your sitter through the eccentricities of your lock, which will make zero sense to anyone except yourself? Do you get them to call out and pay for a locksmith? What if your sitter doesn't have access to the funds to pay for the locksmith?
What we at Key Change Locksmiths would recommend, is to get that malfunctioning lock/door looked at by a competent locksmith. We can pretty much guarantee that if your lock is needing more and more force to make it engage, then that added pressure will impact on the other moving parts of your locking system. It can get very expensive, very quickly, if your mech fails ~ which is quite common in these scenario's!
Hi again, everyone!
Today I want to talk to you about the changing temperature (YAY, summer's here) and how that can, and invariably does, impact your uPVC & multipoint locking systems on doors & windows.
So, as the temperature outside changes, metals, wood & uPVC both swell and contract. Once you figure in humidity, you've a veritable cornucopia of movement. Locks are actually quite complex pieces of engineering, even a slight shift in the position of a door for instance, will likely render the lock useless. Often this happens after a period of extreme weather temperatures, our recent visit from the #BeastFromTheEast and the sub-zero climes that it brought were definitely responsible for an increase in gearbox & mech (the internals of your multipoint locking door) failures.
What can you do to insure against this happening?
In conclusion, there are several ways to avoid a crisis locksmith call-out. To keep you both safe & issue free, be sure to follow Key Change's above advice, and if you're lucky we will never need to meet :D
Good Morning Sussex :D Summer is almost here.. WOOHOOOOO
But, on a serious note. I want to talk about locking yourself out & calling a locksmith, but then you manage to gain entry before the locksmith arrives. It's ok, we get it. This does happen, and tbh there's no hard feelings. BUT,, we'd massively appreciate if you could just call us and let us know! Here at Key Change we do not charge a call-out fee, so to cancel before we arrive doesn't cost you anything!
Most ppl do call and let us know we're no longer needed. Although the odd person has been known to just hide behind the couch instead, lol :O
It really is just common courtesy to let the person know who's en-route to rescue you ~ that they're no longer needed!!
Thankfully most of our customers do make that call!!
Is everyone ready to get stuck back into work? We had a nice rest, along with a largish potion of chocolate!
Haha, the Easter period is a favourite of the Harris's. My nephew is now old enough to realise that chocolate is wonderful, and Easter means Chocolate!! He got a ChockyWockyDooDah dinosaur (I know, not a bunny!), along with our competition winner Elizabeth Kelly who got the much sought after box of 6 eggs again from ChockyWockyDooDah :D
All-in-all it was a fun bank holiday weekend! Now it's time to get back to it though, so any of you out there reading this who needs their locks sorting out. Call us up ~ mentioning this blog and we will give you a massive 15% off any labour charges.
love chocolate? then enter our competition for a chance to feast on chockywockydoodah deliciousness!!
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Congratulations to our winner, Elizabeth Kelly!
I'll be so jealous of the winner of our Easter Egg competition, as the prize is a box of 6 ChockyWockyDooDah Easter Eggs!
So, if you want to be in with a chance of winning these yummy-scrummy Easter Eggs then just pop over to our homepage, where half way down you'll find a Competition Entry form.
Good Luck everyone!!
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**Competition closes 25/03/18
Just a quick blog entry on the dangers of hanging certain types of Christmas wreaths on your front door. Now don't get me wrong, as a locksmith some Christmas wreaths actually earn me money. As a responsible and ethical tradesperson however, it'd be remiss of me to not put out the info that could save you some time, money & stress.
Ok, so you know those wreaths you can buy that are attached by hanging them over the door with a metal hook type thing? These are a recipe for disaster. If we place a metal item, or an item across the door it decreases further the small amount of space that's there to allow the door's natural fluctuations in size due, to changes in the weather.
The solution to this is to affix any wreath using a hook screwed into or stuck onto the exterior of the door. You'll avoid that awful moment you realise that although you have a key (that can very easily snap under the pressure) the door is stuck fast in-situe!
TA-DAAAH :) I've just saved you a sizable callout charge from a locksmith!!
Recently I've decided that my eating habits are less than healthy due to the sporadic nature of working as a self employed locksmith. You can set out with the best of intentions to eat a nutritious breakfast, but before you know it the phone starts to ring, and we're off! I suddenly realise that it''s already gone 2pm & i'm famished!
When you're out & about with a grumbling tummy it's just WAY too easy to pop into the gas station to fill up on fuel, and before you know it you're snacking on all manner of delicious but nutritionally junkified food
So. I'm going to fix it. Right here & now I pledge to plough more effort into the planning of meals. Keep your fingers (and probably your toes too) crossed for me as I'm going to need a massive dose of willpower :P
Well, I hope everyone is ready for the stormy season? I've personally spent a few hours 'storm proofing' our back garden. The unnecessary ornamental stuff that we manage collect throughout the summer (seriously, where does this stuff all come from?) is packed away, the grass has had it's final (hopefully) cut of the year and wheelie-bins are lined up against the house so they don't go flying across the yard!
Where we'd normally leave the cat with access to the garage, we've closed that off. As the weather cools, other furry creatures might see the garage as an ideal place to build a nest out of the elements.!
What I would expect as the wind builds is that there'll be lots more ppl locked out as the door randomly slams behind them. It's definitely worth making sure there's a spare key with a nearby loved one/neighbour, but I'd advise that throughout the year.
So, many ppl have asked me how I became a locksmith. It is simple really, ever since I can remember my brain has thrived on puzzles of a mechanical nature. So not Sudoku, but things like locks and any other type of mechanism that can become broken has intrigued me.
My first ever 'lock' that grabbed my attention was the old style corned beef tin. You know, the one that you peel open using a key? I reckon I was around 7yrs old when I remember my Mum losing the plot because I was essentially playing around with a sharp, ripped metal, rusty old corned beef tin I'd rescued from the trash to 'examine'!
Then as life plodded on, I tried my hand at many things and had many jobs before I actually committed and did my locksmith training. It's something I'm thankful of on a daily basis, as not many folk can actually say that their profession is their passion and hobby too.