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Lock change (replacement or upgrade)

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Lock Change? The are several reasons to decide that you need a lock change. In fact, you don’t even need too many reasons! Just change the locks if you feel unsecured or unsure about anything. You security doesn’t have to be questionable! If you feel that your lock is not safe anymore, it needs to be changed and you can’t postpone that. The best decision you can make at this moment is to give us a call NOW and we will handle it from there! We offer a no-fuss locksmith service. Therefore, your door will be like new with new locks and new keys, in minutes! Call NOW: 07383010010!

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Do you need a locksmith to change locks?

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  • Do your locks need to be to change locks? You want a lock upgrade or a lock replace?
  • Need to upgrade locks to meet insurance requirements?
  • Do you need to change your locks following an employee’s departure?
  • Are you a landlord and you wanna change your locks after evicting a tenant from your property?
  • Have you recently had a break in and need to enhance security with better and more secured locks?
  • Do you need some extra security to be fitted on your door?
  • Simply seeking peace of mind when you change locks?
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Change locks and Stay Safe

Change is good, especially when it comes to your safety! A new lock can provide you with great peace of mind, so you definitely should consider change locks if you have the possibility. If you wanna change locks and you have no idea what’s better for you, an NW Locksmith can come over to advise you and to help you with a lock upgrade. Every now and then is recommended to have a locksmith over to check out the security of your home. 

There are many reasons why you will want to have your locks changed. Sometimes, it is a matter of emergency. For example, you might have lost or mislaid your keys and this could require a locksmith to attend your home straight away. But you could also just need to book a locksmith for later on, if there is no emergency involved, like for example when you are moving. No matter what’s the reason, we are here to help you!

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Do you need a lock change? Ask a locksmith!

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Whether you are looking to update locks, replace old ones, or renew locks damaged due to attempted burglary or break-in, we provide solutions to meet your unique requirements. From locks for windows and doors, safes, garages, shutters or cabinets, and everything up to and including full communal entry solutions, NW Locksmith is here to help! When it comes to any lock installations, NW Locksmith is here to help!

Types of locks we can install on your door include deadlocks and dead latches, key, code, locking systems, and fire brigade locks as well as master suited systems for the opening of locks on a hierarchy basis with the convenience of only one key per person.

Lock Change with NW Locksmith 

We offer tailored solutions for your needs so don’t hesitate to contact us. No matter what you reason is, we are a locksmith company here to help, 24 hours a day. All of our locksmiths are able to carry out full home security and insurance compliance check as part of our service. We can recommend quality products that will meet the British standards for your insurance. So, our locksmith services are guaranteed, cost-effective solutions. We are using only high-quality locks from our trustworthy providers so don’t hesitate to check with us any details you might need.

LOCK CHANGE for your front door

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Here, in London, almost everyone has fitted one of the following locks. Therefore, among the most popular locks for front doors, you will see in London are Mortice Locks, Deadlocks, Euro Cylinders, and Rim Locks. We are ready to come over and help with ant of the following lock change situations:

RIM CYLINDERS

Rim cylinders are designed to fit standard night latches and are for use with surface mounted locks operating from a tailbar. Also, rim cylinders have bolts and a stem that projects out into the door.

Mortice Locks

A mortice lock is a lock that is fitted into a hole or pocket of a door. These types of locks are most commonly found on wooden doors and are popular in the UK and Europe. 

Euro Cylinders

European profile (or Euro profile) is a type of cylinder design predominately used in Europe. Unlike traditional mortise and rim cylinders, the Euro profile uses a single piece of metal to connect both sides of the lock.

Lock Change: Replace or UPGRADE. HOW CAN A LOCKSMITH HELP YOU?

If you wanna change your locks, you can’t go wrong! We are always advising our costumers to change locks after any security issue. Improving the security of your existing doors is always a good idea! Keep you and your family or your business safe! It’s a priority and an investment at the same time, so don’t hesitate to think more about the level of security need and less about the money you spend.

ASK FOR ADVICE FOR YOUR DOOR

We are here to offer your personalized advice for your own situation when you wanna change locks, so ask a locksmith to come over and examine your door. For example, the best practice is to locate a rim night latch about one third down from the top of the entrance door and a mortice deadlock about one third up from the bottom. The locks on your existing door may be in less than ideal positions. A common lock arrangement seen by the Crime Prevention Officer all the time has the mortice lock in the center of the door with the night latch just above it. There are so many options and there’s always room for improvement. If you wanna change locks, call us anytime!

RIM CYLINDER Lock Change

ABOUT RIM CYLINDER LOCKS

Rim cylinders are part of a Rim night latch system often referred to as a Yale type lock. Mostly, you can find them on wooden and timber doors. So, rim cylinders are the outer part that you interact with on the outside to open the door with a key.

This kind of cylinder has been around a very long time, the basic version has not changed much to this day. Most manufacturers offer a high-security version, these are a lot more expensive but are worth the investment.

If you wanna have the best and most secured option, you need to look for a British Standard rim cylinder. Also, your night latch needs to be British Standard as well, if you wanna have a BS approved lock.

When you decide to install a rim cylinder on your lock, we also recommend you to check if it’s:

 

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Anti drill

  • Prevents drilling methods

Anti bump

  • Stops the lock from being bumped

Anti pick

  • Prevents thieves picking open the lock
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LOCK CHANGE: Change your Rim Cylinder Lock

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If you have a timber front door, the chances are it will be fitted with a rim lock. The rim locks are usually having two parts: a night latch on the inside of the door and a cylinder with a key on the outside.

STEP 1

To replace the keyed cylinder, the locksmith will have to remove the night latch. Once the fixing screws are out, the night latch can be eased away from the door.

STEP 2

After that, the locksmith will remove the cylinder out of the door. When he is ready to replace the cylinder, the locksmith will measure the old cylinder and a replacement it with another one in the same length. Otherwise, the new cylinder won’t fit in the door. If the new cylinder is too long, he will cut it down to suit your door thickness, so there’s nothing to be worried about.

STEP 3

After he places the new cylinder and the night latch on the door, he will check out the door again with you, so you will see by yourself that everything works well again. 

There is just one standard size available for Rim Cylinders so a locksmith will have no problem replacing the lock for you. Rim cylinders can also be keyed alike so you can use one key for every lock in your home.

Materials used for a cylinder Lock Change

Materials the locksmith will be using when he will change the cylinder of your door: cross-head screwdriver, flat screwdriver, hacksaw, workbench, file. 

RIM CYLINDER ADVANTAGES

  • Easy to use
  • Locks automatically once shutting

RIM CYLINDER DISADVANTAGES

  • Unless you fit a BS 3621-night latch, will require an additional lock fitted to your door to improve security, such as a mortice lock.

MORTICE LOCK CHANGE

ABOUT MORTICE LOCKS

Mortice (Mortise locks) are fitted into a hole or pocket of a door, the word mortice refers to the hole in the door in which the lock is fitted. These types of locks are most commonly found on wooden doors and are more popular in the UK and Europe.

A mortice lock is often refered to as a ‘Chubb’ type lock by people in the UK, since Chubb has become the brand leader for this type of lock during the last few decades.

Mortice locks are either deadlocks or sashlocks. Sashlocks incorporate a handle and latch mechanism, normally found on back doors.

These Mortice Locks are devided in to 2 categories:

  1. Lever Mortice Locks
  2. Cylinder Mortice Locks

Lever Mortice Locks

These locks are the most common type of mortice locks and are fitted to domestic properties in the UK. Most of them are working in the same way: a key is inserted into the lock and when is turned it lifts the levers to the correct height. At this stage the bolt is enabeled to be locked and unlocked.

The security of the Lever Mortice locks depends on the number of levers and the thickness of the doors. Generally, the more levers you have on the lock case, the thicker the lock becomes. So, a lock with 5 levers is more secure than a lock with 2 levers.

Here are the most common lever locks: 

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2 lever mortice locks

  • The lock case is thin
  • Suitable for installation in to low security interior doors, less than 45mm thick
  • Not recommended for security on external doors.

3 lever mortice locks

  • More secure than 2 lever mortice lock
  • More brands available on the market
  • Suitable for interior doors less than 45mm thick
  • Not recommended for security on external doors

5 lever mortice locks

  • Lock cases vary in sizes and manufacturers
  • Can be used for medium level of security doors
  • Suitable on internal doors and external doors
  • Most locks come with a box strike

5 lever British Standard (BS 3621) mortice locks

  • All the same features as a 5 lever lock with a high security level
  • Anti-drill plates either side of the lock case and a larger reinforced deadbolt
  • Compatible with internal and external doors
  • Box strike comes as standard

LOCK CHANGE: Change your Mortice lock

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There are two types of Mortice Lock: the mortice Sash Lock and the Mortice Dead Lock. 

The Sash Lock is often used on back doors and has a latch involved. A Mortice Deadlock has only a bolt and it is typically used on the front door, together with the night latch. Sash Locks are almost identical to the mortice deadlocks but incorporate a live bolt or latch in addition to the deadbolt. 

The locksmith will take all the necessary measurements of your existing lock and he will choose a new lock that will perfectly fit.

 

How we can help - Mortice lock

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The measurement process for both the Deadlocks and the Sashlocks is almost the same but a really important aspect is the faceplate hight. A Mortice Lock will typically have a 2, 3, or 5 lever mechanism. The level of security is getting higher if there are more levers on a lock. 

Firstly, for the Mortice lock, the locksmith first removes the screws of the faceplate. Also, for the Sashlock, the handles will be removed as well. After that, he will compare the size of the new lock with the size of the old lock. His purpose is to match them perfectly. After all is done, he will just push in the door the replacement lock. Also, he will put back the handles when he is replacing a Sash Lock. Also, he will remove the existing keep from the door frame and will adjust the cut.  

In the end, he will check the operation of the lock with the door open. Moreover, he will close the door and test it again. 

Materials used for a Mortice lock or Sash Lock Change

Materials the locksmith might be using when he will change the Mortice lock of a door of your door: safety goggles, tape measure, flathead screwdriver, cross-head screwdriver, hammer, wood chisel, and pencil. 

Mortice lock or Sash Lock ADVANTAGES

  • If it has 5 lever it means it was tested against common burglar techniques such as lock picking and drilling.
  • Can be keyed alike
  • You can pass the Insurance requirements with this lock

Mortice lock or Sash Lock DISADVANTAGES

  • A mortice deadlock NOT conforming to BS3621 means the lock may only be tested by the manufacturer. So, it may not be tested against burglar techniques.

EURO CYLINDER Lock Change

ABOUT EURO CYLINDER LOCKS

These days Euro Cylinders are more and more popular due to the diversity and scalability cylinder locks offer. They are both secured and practical. A huge benefit is the ability to remove the cylinder and to replace it with a new one, without having to remove and replace the entire lock out of the door.

More than that, the Euro cylinders can be supplied keyed-alike and master-keyed. This is a big advantage in comparison with the lever-operated locks. Also, you can choose them to be color-matched to other door furniture. They will suit to any door thickness because they are so diverse in sizes, especially with modular-based cylinders.

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EURO CYLINDER SECURITY

Security-wise, the cylinders work using different length pins which sit into the grooves on the key. These days they are using six different cuts and normally around 10 cut-depths on each. So, the amount of differs available is substantially greater than that of most lever-based locks.

The high-security cylinders (such as EPS cylinders) are also anti-pick, anti-bump and anti-drill. In addition to this, you can get protected registered keys, which only you can have cut. So, this way, you can maintain the security of your keys too.  

Master key cylinder systems

Moreover, we are already using the master key cylinder systems for companies and individuals on a daily basis.  To us, it’s second nature, but if you’re unfamiliar with how they work and you want a more in-depth look at master key systems, then please have a look down below.

LOCK CHANGE: Change your Euro Cylinder Lock

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All the Euro cylinders have the same type of shape, so the locksmith will have to find you only the right measurements for your new cylinder. The Euro-cylinders can have a key slot on each side, others have a key slot on the outside and a thumb turn on the inside. The difference between them can be in the length of the lock, the finish, and the level of security.  

The locksmith will measure your existing lock to know what the perfect size for your replacement lock. Also, he will slightly remove the handles of the door, and this way he can remove any pressure of the lock. After that, the lock will come out easly and he will be replaced with the new lock.   

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Materials used for a Euro Cylinder Lock Change

Mostly, the materials the locksmith will be using when he will change the Euro Cylinder on your door are pretty basic: ruler and a cross-head screwdriver. Even it the process is simple, the secret is in the labour and the attention to the details.

Euro Cylinder ADVANTAGES

  • Will help to prevent lock snapping, drilling, lock bumping or picking
  • Easy to operate
  • Easily changed to upgrade to a higher standard of security
  • Can be keyed alike or master keyed so fewer keys are required to a property

Euro Cylinder DISADVANTAGES

  • At risk to lock snapping and other forms of attack if the correct security standard is not fitted
  • Ask the locksmith more details about your particular situation. Every door is different and he has the experience to give you the best advice.

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Frequently Asked Questions

NW Locksmith

What should I do if I am lockout?

Firstly, if you are lockout as you read, please, don’t panic. Call NW Locksmith and we will be there in 10-20 minutes – it depends on the hour when you are calling and on how busy we are. But no worries, we are always trying to be there as quick. The locksmith will come over your place and he will let you know what can you do in your situation. He has everything he needs to sort you out in case of a lockout in his truck, so the time is not going to be a problem. We are a mobile locksmith service (not a shop!) and we aim to be the quickest London Locksmith. Our clients are our number one priority.

What are the prices of a locksmith?

Our company’s motto is NO hidden fees. We are aware of how many locksmith companies are out there but the locksmith won’t proceed if you don’t agree with the prices. Of course, the prices will vary all the time – it depends a lot on your particular situation and on how much the locksmith has to work. For sure we don’t work for free, but we like to call us affordable locksmiths. Just to give you an estimate, the prices in our company are starting from £45 but you can check our range of prices on our price page. For us, it’s really important to let you know that we offer a transparent service. Therefore, we will always advise on the costs involved before proceeding with any work! So, don’t worry and ask our local locksmiths to come over and help.

How quickly do you attend the job?

An average of our time response would be 15 minutes but it depends a lot on the traffic. We are locals, based on Marylebone Road, so we have to calculate the trip from our office to your place. If the locksmith is coming to you from straight another job the time may be different. The locksmith is driving as fast as possible but sometimes it is not up to him to go faster. We are trying to be quick and to work speedy – We do understand when there’s an emergency. Also, if you are calling us during peak times, it might be hard to dispatch a locksmith straight away as there are many jobs around that time. But, no worries. If we are getting too busy we will give you an approximate ETA on the phone and we will see if it works for you.

Do you really cover evenings and weekends?

YES, we are always taking emergency calls! We are getting many calls mostly during the Weekends or late evenings, so our Locksmith company never stops. So, we are working 247!! A 247 service means we are working 24 hours with no exception, all the time, no matter what. Bad weather, late nights, or weekends, there’s no excuse. We will be there, just call!

How long does it take it fix a broken lock?

Again, this will be another vague answer but all the doors are REALLY different and we are using a WIDE range of locks, different models, and levels of security. Therefore, there are different methods of door opening but the locksmith will explain everything on-site. Just to give you a rough estimate, a normal door should be open in about 5 minutes if we are talking about a simple low-security lock because our highly trained locksmiths know exactly what they are doing and they are working really quick. But… there’s always a but, isn’t it? When it’s not up to them, a job can last even 2 hours. in short, it depends a lot on the circumstances.

What are the lock requirements for household insurance?

Mostly, the insurance policies are asking for external British Standard BS3621 locks. So, it’s either a five-lever mortice deadlock/sash lock or a multi-point locking system. The locksmith will advise you what’s the best option for your particular door.

Should I change the locks when I move home?

YES! We’ve got plenty of after-burglary or after break-in cases in our company because of this matter. When you move house you might be excited with the interior design and other things like this but you have to remember that your house safety is the most important issue. So, please don’t forget to change the old locks and check all the ways of access you have on your new property. A locksmith can come over for a proper evaluation and he can give you the best advice on how to level up your home security. If you need more details you can read more about this here, on our website, in the section BURGLARY PREVENTION OR AFTER BREAK-IN REPAIRS.

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