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What Type of Door Lock Do I Need?

What Type of Door Lock Do I Need?

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The only thing stopping a criminal getting into your home is your locks!

With so many options available, how do you decide which lock will best suits your needs?

Out and About Locksmiths are here to show you what to look for, and how to choose the right one for your home.

 

Types of door locks

There are two main types of locks on the market.

  • Deadbolts : your main security feature and the preferred lock when it comes to securing your home
  • Knobs/ Levers : usually used more for secondary security and internal doors

 

What to look for?

There are a few reasons you would consider purchasing new door locks. For example, during upgrading your home, new home construction or renovation, or after a break-in. Many people consider style before function but this isn’t always the best way. Your lock is only as good as its quality. Quality, safety and function come first.

 

What Room Needs a Lock?

Depending on which rooms require locks, there are three main functional categories: 1) entry 2) privacy 3) passage.

Defining the main function is the first step in choosing a lock. Function and quality will help determine the level of security and endurance your lock will need to uphold. For instance, a hallway or interior door usually doesn’t require as strong a level of security as your front door. If it’s a high traffic area like the bathroom, you’ll want your lock to hold up longer. Therefore a higher grade of lock is more appropriate.

Quality & Consistency

When you buy a certain type of lock for your home please choose the same lock throughout, with the exception of the exterior lock. Cheapest is not always best, either!

 

Helpful Tips for choosing the right door lock

  1. Always look at the quality not style.
  2. Whichever lock you get, be sure to look for the UL on the packaging.
  3. When you’re securing your home, make sure you’re using a Grade 1 deadbolt to maximise home security.
  4.  If you still aren’t sure what you need, you can call Out and About Locksmith Canberra to secure your home.

How to Look After Your Keys and Locks

Ever wondered how to properly look after your keys and locks? Here’s how.

Look Out for Extreme Temperatures

Very high or low temperatures can cause problems with locks. This is due to the fact that extreme temperatures cause metals to expand or contract. When it’s very hot, the lock, key, and door frame can expand, making the lock difficult to turn. One thing you can do to avoid this is to lubricate your locks on a regular basis. If your lock is properly fitted to the door frame, this will lessen the chances of any issues.

Clean The Locks

Over time, dirt and debris builds up in the lock. This can make it a lot harder to open. Compressed air blown into the lock is one solution, but for a deeper clean, take off the cover and use a brush to remove any foreign matter.

Don’t Force It

Sometimes a lock won’t turn easily. If this is the case, don’t try to use force. You might bend the lock mechanism and your key. If this happens, the problem will get worse. If your lock doesn’t respond to gentle pressure, maybe it’s time to call us.

Clean Your Keys

A dirty key makes a dirty lock. Eventually it will become damaged, and jam. Avoid this by wiping down your keys from time to time, and try not to store them where they will gather dust.

Check Your Door Position

Sometimes doors can hang down and sit in the wrong position. If a lock’s bolt is incorrectly aligned with the hole, this can damage it in time. If your lock rubs or grinds when you turn it, this might be a sign that your door’s out of position. If it’s only a minor misalignment, you can file the hole slightly. Otherwise it’s time to adjust your door.

Contact Out and About Locksmiths for any help and advice regarding these issues.

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Car Keys – Being Prepared

Will You Lose Your Car Keys?

We all tell ourselves that we will never lose our car keys – or lock them inside our car. You might have a great system of reminders in place, but unfortunately, sometimes the unthinkable happens. A distraction at the wrong moment might be all it takes – or sometimes, you don’t even know how something goes missing, it just does. It might not even be you that loses the keys or locks them in the car – it could be a family member or a friend. Sometimes these things are out of our control. The question is – will you be prepared for the worst?
If you lose your car keys or lock them in your car, it could cause all kinds of upsets in your life. For example: Getting to work late, getting stranded, missing important appointments, leaving other people stranded, or having important items stuck in the car.
What if you lose your car keys or lock them in your car on a bad day when you’ve just spent all your money on bills, and you can’t afford a locksmith? You’d be facing a huge problem. No one can afford being without their car.

What is the solution?

To avoid all the aforementioned problems, you should get a backup car key made. Did you know that Out and About Locksmiths can copy transponder keys (transponder keys are special car keys made for most post 1995 cars that switch off an engine immobiliser)? We can also code new car remotes, so don’t worry, that one key doesn’t have to be the only one. Having a spare key in your wallet, bag, or hidden under the car would make all the difference. If you take action and contact us today, you could save yourself from a world of grief tomorrow.

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Top 3 Ways to get into Your Locked Car!

Are you locked outside your car? No need to worry, Out and About Locksmiths presents you with the Top 3 Ways to get into your Locked Car!

1. Automatic Windows

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First of all what you’ll need is a door wedge, a hammer and a metal rod. If you can’t find a metal rod, find something that is long enough to reach the button for the windows. You’re also going to need a wedge that is thin enough to be able to fit through slightly inside of the car door. Once you’ve found your perfect door wedge place the wedge in-between the car door and the cars body and begin to lightly tap it. Once the wedge is secure and the door is slightly open, you’ll now be able to take the metal rod and press down on the window button.

2. Manual Windows

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This time with manual windows it is slightly different as you are going to need to flick the manual locks to open the actual door. To do this all you need to do is bend the end of your metal rod so it acts as a hook. Once the wedge is secure and the door is slightly open, you’ll now be able to take the metal rod and hook the manual button to unlock the car door.

3. Through the Trunk!

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If by the slightest chance you’re trunk happens to be unlocked. Hop into the trunk and pull the emergency chord that looks like strap which will allow for the seats to fall forward.

 

 

If you do happen to lock yourself out of your car, it is highly recommended you do call our locksmith Canberra service. These methods should only be used in case of an emergency. Services that Out & About Locksmiths provide here.