Friday, April 13, 2012

Aluminium door locks

In the last couple of years l have had many customers who have come to me with a broken aluminium door lock. Some have be told in error that these locks cannot be bought anymore and it is best to replace the entire door, needless to say this is not true. In fact the exact locks can be supplied and it is a very straight forward job to replace them. These locks are in two parts, the cylinder or barrel is separate from the lock body or lockcase, as it is termed in the lock industry. The spacing between the centre of the spindle (square bar) and the centre of the keyhole is 48 mm usually and handles with this euro profile size and spacing are availale.
Newer doors may have a lock with a 92 mm centre to centre spacing and of course we sell these replacement locks as well. Normally there is no need to replace the handles when replacing the lock so long as a correct fitting lock is used.

For those with some fixing skills and a few tools including a drill, there is an inexpensive alternative even. We have developed and tested this solution for situations where the budget for repairs is smaller. We can supply a lock that fits with minimal alteration to the door and this works perfectly with the old handles.

So in a situation where you have a broken lock in an aluminium door, once you find us and contact me your problem will be sorted. Call out service is available for those customers who need a little help with the removel and refixing of the new lock.
have a look at my web site call me on 021 488 3131 or 087 2577 649 or drop into our warehouse store ar Cobh Cross, Carrigtwohill, behind Greenwood/Lakewood furniture store; just off the Cork-Midelton deul carriage-way, only 5 miles from Cork.
So many people are delighted when they find us and have their aluminiumdoor locks
replaired...if you read this blog tell your friends about it as they may need what we sell..I include here a picture of this lock which can be so hard to find!!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A lock for double doors

Today I got a call from a joiner who needed a horizontal lock (used with knobs to position the knob away from the door frame and avoid rapping knuckles) for a rebated double doors. This was quite an unusual request as a horizontal lock is unusual and a rebated horizontal lock would be extra unusual. I looked in my store for a rebate set to fit the lock which I stock. Low and behold I was able to provide this customer with a rebated horizontal lock suitable for a rebated double doors. The only one in Ireland as they say, needless to say I had a very happy customer who called by my warehouse-store a couple of hours later and picked it up, of course I encouraged him to call again as a expert joiner customer like him would do with the very best source of door handles, locks and related hardware

I know some of you are wondering what a rebated door is, well that is where the front edge of the door is stepped to fit over a similar reverse step in the second door of double doors. This helps to get a better seal between the two doors in a double door set. You will know it when you see it. For these doors a rebate lock is required.
It is different from other mortise locks in that there is a step on the front of the lock to match the rebate step on the front of the door. See the exapmle of a rebate lock in the picture above, the rebate lock shown is a vertical lock used with lever handles not knobs. Call or email me for advice and have a lock at my web page