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Hinge Doors Locks:   
Hinge door locks come in many different types all with their own unique options so we will cover the main ones found in most homes and can be on wooden or aluminium joinery a couple common ones used mainly on wooden doors. For Flush Bolts please ref to bi-fold orhinge doors.

Knob Sets or Entrance Handle Sets:

Exterior Doors; Entrance Handle Sets or Knob Sets come in a number of different shapes but follow the same basic setup with a key in the middle of the knob on the outside and a push button or turn button in the middle of the knob on the inside. The knob handle when turned pulls the retractable tongue of the lock on the edge of the door back so you can open the door when released the tongue pops back out again. These locks work by pushing in the button or turning the button on the inside going out and closing the door and it’s locked.
This type of lock can come with a lever handle instead of a knob and we can change a knob set over to a lever handle it still has a key in the middle of the outside handle and a push button on the inside but rather than a knob to hold onto you get a lever handle which is great for arthritic or elderly people who have trouble turning a knob handle.
Interior Doorshave similar looking locks without the key option and for bathroom toilet situations they have a privacy button on the inside and a emergency release hole in the front. So the standard internal one is called a passage set and the bathroom or toilet one is called a privacy set with just the knob for a wardrobe called a dummy set.
These exterior and interior locks can come in different backset sizes the backset is the measurement from the edge of the door to the centre of the handle in this type they come in 60mm, 70mm, 95mm and 127mm.
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The humble common aluminium back door;
the lock is often a push button 127mm backset entrance lock in the centre rail of the door often with a cat door in the bottom glass and is next to a small window that is over the laundry tub. This lock setup works fine to stop the door from blowing open from the wind however from a security point of view it has three problems:
a)     The lock can be reached though the cat door and undone. (ask the kids)
b)     The window next to the door can be popped open then you reach across and undo the lock.
c)     Any one who has entered the house from some where else and wants to leave by the back door carrying what’s not theirs can just open the door from the inside.
Fitting a Patio Bolt to the inside of this door solves all three of these problems unless you use this door to come and go by in which case you can’t access the patio bolt from the outside.
To solve this problem you have three options:
1)     Replace the existing key and push button lock with a keyed both sides lock. This lock has a key instead of a push button on the inside which means it opens and closes as per normal but each time you wish to lock or unlock the door you need a key. The retractable bevelled tongue on these locks is about 12mm.
2)     Replace the existing lock with a retro fit Lever Handle Double Throw Horizontal Mortice Lock now that’s a mouth full. This lock is designed for this problem the lever handle acts as per a normal open and close latching lock however put the key in and turn it twice and it throws the short 12mm latching tongue out to make it a 25mm deadbolt. This lock goes inside the centre rail of the door replacing the existing lock.
3)     Leave the existing lock and fit a commercial type key operated deadbolt into the vertical stile above the only catch with this is if your vertical stile is deep enough to take this lock if it is then in our opinion this is a very secure option and great value for money.

Tubular lock Set: (and decorative grip sets)

For all intents and purposes these are the same as the entrance handle sets above they have a different internal setup and some have external screws showing on the inside to hold the outside and inside handles together because of this screw together difference they also come in the decorative grip set option this is the entrance lock with the big D-handle and push thumb button on the outside of your main entrance door and either lever or knob on the inside normally with a deadbolt fitted above.
Internal doorshave similar looking locks without the key option and for bathroom toilet situations they have a privacy button on the inside and an emergency release hole in the front. So the standard internal one is called a passage set and the bathroom toilet one is called a privacy set with just the knob for a wardrobe called a dummy set.
All these locks can come in different backset sizes the backset is the measurement from the edge of the door to the centre of the handle in this type they come in 60mm, 70mm and 127mm.

Lever Lock Sets:

As the name suggests they have a lever handle mounted on an oblong face plate often with a lock cylinder underneath the handle in the same face plate but not always. The body of the lock in housed (morticed) behind the handle face plate inside the door stile. This type of lock is found in most homes say built in the last ten years usually on exterior hinged doors like French Doors, Entrance Doors, Store Room Doors and the third panel in a Bi-fold Door setup. They come in three basic types plus some variations we will cover just the basic ones.
1- Point: First one has just a retractable tongue only with a key that will lock the tongue. This is called a 1-point lockset.
2 – Point: Second one has the retractable tongue plus either a drop down bolt (long throw) or push out bolt (short throw) this makes it a 2-point lockset.
4 – Point: Third one has the retractable tongue plus either a drop down bolt (long throw) or push out bolt (short throw) as well as locking rod/bolts running inside the stile going out the top of the door and bottom of the door. This is called you guessed it a 4-point lockset.
All these locks can come in different backset sizes the backset is the measurement from the edge of the door to the centre of the handle or key hole in this type of lock there is a narrow backset found in older doors 25mm then newer doors they go 30mm, 40mm and 50mm.
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Deadbolts:

Wooden Doors; The standard deadbolt keyed both sides (or thumb turn inside key outside) with a 25mm bolt that has a hardened anti cutting pin though the centre of it is normally put in a wooden door because the 60mm backset will not let it fit into the aluminium vertical stile of most types of aluminium joinery. However for a wooden door that only has a normal push button entrance lock or the old legge one key fits all lock adding this type of deadbolt gives great security and value. We carry these deadbolts in Polish Brass, Antique Bronze and Stainless Steel. They have an adjustable backset to either 60mm or 70mm you normally set it to match the existing entrance lock already on the door the backset is the measurement from the edge of the door to the centre of the handle or key hole.
 
Aluminium Doors; The most common deadbolts for aluminium doors are the lever lock sets.( two of these where mentioned above under lever lock sets)
 
Lever Handle 2 – Point: has the retractable tongue plus either a drop down bolt (long throw) or push out bolt (short throw) this makes it a 2-point lockset with the drop down or push out bolt being the deadbolt part.
 
Lever Handle 4 – Point: has the retractable tongue plus either a drop down bolt (long throw) or push out bolt (short throw) with the drop down or push out bolt being the deadbolt part as well as locking rod/bolts running inside the stile going out the top of the door and bottom of the door. This is called you guessed it a 4-point lockset.

These locks can come in different backset sizes the backset is the measurement from the edge of the door to the centre of the handle or key hole in this type of lock there is a narrow backset found in older doors 25mm then newer doors they go 30mm, 40mm and 50mm.
 
Replacement fit Double Throw Deadbolt;for aluminium door with a push button lock in the centre rail is called a Lever Handle Double Throw Horizontal Mortice Lock now that’s a mouth full. This lock is designed for this problem the lever handle acts as per a normal open and close latching lock set, however put the key in and turn it twice and it throws the short 12mm latching tongue out to make it a 25mm deadbolt. This lock goes inside the centre rail of the door replacing the existing lock.
 
Deadbolt 23mm short backset: Leave the existing lock in the door and fit a commercial type key operated deadbolt into the vertical stile above the existing lock. The only catch with this is if your vertical stile is deep enough to take this lock if it is then in our opinion this is a very secure option and great value for money for securing an existing aluminium door.
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Door Viewers:

Door viewers are a small spy glass that lets you see who is on the other side of a door before you open it. The viewer is installed at eye height in the middle of the door.

Digital Locks Mechanical:

This type of lock has a mechanical key pad on the outside with a knob beneath it once the right code is punched in you turn the knob which pulls the retractable tongue back and you can open the door. Normally it has a lever handle on the inside which you just pull down to open the door. The combination is changeable.

Patio Bolts:

Patio bolts can be fixed to the inside of hinge doors both timber and aluminium normally at the top with the bolt going firmly into the door sill some people put a second one on at the bottom of the door especially on light framed aluminium panels.

Wooden Door Locks:

There are a couple of common locks that are found on wooden doors worth mentioning.
 
Legge lock; this is a two lever it’s the lock you can buy keys for by the number from most hardware stores it has a lever handle. To upgrade the security we can replace these with a 3 and 5 lever version and we carry replacement springs for the handles. Another option is to put a deadbolt as mentioned above under wooden doors to upgrade into the door and use the existing lock as a latch handle only.
 
Night Latch;this is the lock often used in front doors of older homes on the outside you have a D-handle with a circle at the top with a lock cylinder in it. On the back of the door you have a night latch lock body. The night latch lock body can come with a number of different options like tongue hold back and deadlocking by replacing the more simple version with more secure one you can greatly increase your security. A deadbolt as mentioned above under wooden doors is a good upgrade.
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Locks Jamming:

As your joinery becomes a little older and things start to wear and even newer homes with building movement etc locks can get out of alignment and jam the worst thing to do is force it or slam it as this could increase the problem. Give us call we’ll sort it out. If you get onto it right away it quite often just needs the door re-squaring up or the lock striker plate adjusting. However if it needs replacing we carry a comprehensive range of Knob sets and lever handle locks and parts.