Its been a while since I made the last post but its been a busy month and I’ve only just come back from a much needed holiday. You may have noticed that a lot of the previous post comments have disappeared, this is due to a WordPress update I did which then accidentally deleted all the comments so now only comments left within the last couple of weeks will be visible. There should be no problem though with any comments left in the future. Sorry for any inconvenience. 🙁

This months day in a life of post is about a couple of jobs attended by Stuart from Leeds Locksmiths rather than my own jobs. After Stuart emailed me a couple of pictures from his recent jobs I thought it would be of more interesting for me to write about his experiences rather than my own.

The first picture he sent over is an absolute disgrace to the locksmith trade. The customer had previously had a problem with a euro cylinder and called his insurance company to send somebody to sort out the problem. The lock they had fitted him as a replacement was actually a really decent cylinder (Yale Anti Snap). I have a good idea which company this was, as a lot of readers will know there is a very large national locksmith company who do loads of insurance work on behalf of a lot of different insurance company’s and they also use Yale anti snap as there replacement euro cylinders. As I don’t know it was them for definite though I’m not going to name any names in this post. To cut a long story short Stuart got a call to say the cylinder had partially come out of the door when the customer had inserted the key and could he go out and take a look to see what the problem was. When he arrived at the customers house he was shocked to find the company in question had fitted the cylinder without a retaining screw to hold it in and the customer had been living with the loose cylinder for a whole year and had been fortunate that the cylinder hadn’t come out before now. The mechanism was the Yale type that uses an Allen head grub screw instead of a retaining screw. After a bit more investigation of the mechanism this is what he found!

Dodgy Locksmith

The hopeless national company in question obviously didn’t have a clue how to remove the cylinder on this type of mechanism as the retaining grub screw is not visible from the front of the strip like it is with all other types of multi point lock that use a traditional style of retaining screw. So they just drilled round the euro hole to brake the grub screw and make enough of a hole to pull the euro lock out without the cam being in line! Then to make matters even worse just refitted another cylinder and didn’t fasten it in! It really winds me up that these large company’s don’t have skilled locksmiths and don’t have a clue about locksmithing but yet they can land the important insurance company contracts when the super skilled local locksmiths are not given a chance. What a joke!

The second picture he sent me is of a Millenco Magnum Euro Cylinder that a joiner had attempted to gain entry to. This is what Stuart arrived on site to find!

Millenco magnum epic fail

One good thing for us proper locksmiths is that joiners, glaziers and all other chancers haven’t got a hope in hell when it comes to opening a half decent anti snap lock.

The moral to this post is leave locksmith work to a proper locksmith who knows what he’s doing!

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