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Why do you need a Locksmith Lincoln?

Are you locked out? Do you need a lock repair? Or do you need a lock change? Whatever the reason is for searching for a Locksmith Lincoln, McCallum Locksmiths Ltd is the locksmith company you need to ring on 07789997214. There are plenty of locksmiths operating in the Lincoln area, some are small, independent companies that do not charge VAT, then there are other larger companies that operate on a national scale and charge significantly more. However, McCallum locksmiths is the only locksmith company where the owner is Ministry of Defence vetted to Top Secret. Thus making the owner Robin, the most trusted trades person in Lincolnshire.

So, back to me first question. Why do you need a Locksmith Lincoln?

You are locked out of your house/flat or commercial building.

This is not a problem and I will always use a number of non-destructive method of entries first as this minimises the cost. There are the odd occasions where the lock (but not the door) needs to be tampered or manipulated with to get the lock to open. Sometimes, people get locked out of their homes or flats because they have left the keys indoors and then shut the door. Then there are others where the lock has failed or broken. Most locks are designed to fail safe, keeping your property secure. Which sounds great until it breaks at 2am.

Your door will not lock or open even if you have the key.

So, you might need a door lock repair. However, there are very few door locks the are worth repairing less for vintage or antique locks. Two common problems with uPVC doors are that they will not lock and this is because the door is out of alignment. This is rectified by adjusting the hinges or the gear box has failed because there is a crack in the spindle drive. The second problem is that the door will not open even with the correct key. Something has broken inside the gearbox or the euro cylinder has failed. The picture below shows a gearbox that has split at the rear. This was forced open as it had seized and so part of the internal mechanism has split out of the rear of the case.

A seized gearbox
Split in rear of a uPVC gearbox

With wooden doors, sadly sometimes parts just fail like in this British Standard night latch pictured below.

broken night latch
Broken night latch causing a lockout

Most lock repairs can be solved by replacing and McCallum Locksmiths has a large stock on the van, so that jobs can be completed in one visit. This is the main advantage of being a mobile locksmith. However, if a lock has seized then sometimes certain parts just need oiling, like this bolt, from the top of a multi locking point system.

seized deadbolt
Seized deadbolt on a multi locking point mechanism

Lock Change.

There are a number of reasons why you should change your locks. For wooden doors, if your locks are more than 11 years old then they do the meet current the British Standard dated 2007. If they do not meet this standard then you are not complying with your Home Contents Insurance requirements. This will lead to a reduced payment if the worst if you are broken into. So, if you have a wooden door then you must have a British Standard 5 Lever mortice deadlock and in some areas in the UK, insurance companies will insist on a British Standard night latch. Both are pictured below.

British Satndard Mortice Lock and British Standard Night Latch
The two most important locks for your wooden door

For uPVC doors your Home Content Insurance policy will only insist on a multi locking point system, where by when you lift the handle it will engage 3 or more hooks or deadbolts from the side of the door. Sadly, this is a false sense of security as the multi locking point system is only as strong as the weakest part. The weakest part is the euro cylinder (this is the part you put the key into). If you do not have a British Standard kite mark with 3 stars stamped on it then you are not secure as you should be. Why? Cheap euro cylinders are vulnerable to a form of attack called Euro Cylinder Snapping. Please see the picture below.

Euro Cylinder snapping
Snapped cylinder from burglary

To prevent this from happening to your property then you need to have a high security lock with the British Kite mark and 3 stars stamped on it, like the one pictured below.

British Standard euro cylinder
A high security lock

So whatever the reason is for needing a locksmith Lincoln, McCallum Locksmiths is the company for you. You can contact me on 07789997214 and the phone is manned 24/7. Or you can email me on info@mccallumlocksmiths.co.uk. If you are unsure about your security for your property, then please just ring and I will very happily spend time discussing various options with you.

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