June was so busy, that it came and went before we had time to update Ipswich Locksmiths Neighbourhood Locks, Blog!
range of jobs we are being asked to undertake lately, is extremely
varied, which always makes for an interesting time. Many of our Clients
have called us in, in an attempt to solve problems that previous
'Locksmiths' have attempted, and been unable to do, and we have built up
a reputation for succeeding, where others have failed to either do the
job properly, or at all. One had been unable to open a window for the
last few years, with two others having looked at it, and been unable to
resolve the problem. Neighbourhood Locks, the local Ipswich Locksmith,
opened the jammed window non-destructively, within three minutes, and
replaced the faulty mechanism afterwards. As Ipswich's only Member of
The Institute of Certified Locksmiths, we will always use
'Non-destructive Entry' as our first choice, rather than simply
destroying the lock or mechanism, and charging for a new one, as many
National Companies do. Always make sure the Locksmith you call, is
either a member of 'The Institute of Certified Locksmiths', or the
'Master Locksmiths Association', as these are the only two recoginised
Trade Associations, who vet members strictly, both for security, and for
We were also asked to gain entry to two different
locked garages, where keys had been lost. One Client was most surprised
that Ipswich Locksmiths Neighbourhood Locks had the door open
Non-destructively, within a few minutes. We then proceeded to fit a new
'British Standard' 5-Lever Deadlock to the building, to ensure that it
was Insurance Compliant.
Neighbourhood Locks were also asked to
Gain Entry to a Sweet Shop in the centre of Ipswich, after the lock had
been damaged in what may have been an attempted break-in. Access was
gained very swiftly, and the damaged lock replaced, which was quite a
challenge, and did take a bit longer than normal, as it was 'Father's
Day', with a constant flow of Customers in and out of the shop!
following day, we received a call to an Industrial Estate, where a
member of Staff had gone to lock the Unit up, only to find that the
locking mechanism had failed completely. They had been given our number
by 'Talking Pages' as having a 'Five-Star' rating, and after a short
period on-site, we had ensured that the Unit was secure once again.
Locksmiths Neighbourhood Locks, were also asked to make up a key to an
antique Grandfather Clock, and to open, repair and supply keys for an
antique writing desk. This sort of work can be amongst the most
interesting and satisfying of all to an old-school Locksmith, as it
really puts the 'Smithing' side to the test. The desk lock was opened
easily, and then removed, and later stripped down, cleaned, and rebuilt.
It is a 'pin' lock, which means that the key would be 'piped' (or have a
hole in the end which lines up on the pin in the lock). The pin itself
had fallen out, and this, and other small problems had all contributed
to the locks failure to work correctly. Once the lock had been rebuilt,
Ipswich Locksmiths Neighbourhood Locks, then hand-made a number of piped
keys to fit. This is very specialised work, which many cannot undertake
these days, although we enjoy keeping the true art of Locksmithing
Local Ipswich Locksmiths Neighbourhood Locks, have also had
the usual 'Lockouts' and failed UPVc Door Mechanisms, and are pleased
to report that generally Clients are calling us now at the first signs
of failure, including 'stiff operation' and 'drooping handles' rather
than waiting until the mechanism has failed completely, so locking them
Many have told us that they specifically called us, after reading
the UPVc Section of our Web-site.
These mechanisms do tend to fail with extreme changes in the
temperature, as the heat, and cold cause the door to expand and
If you have any lock-related problems, please feel free to
call us on 01473 622461.
Until next time, Stay Safe! Simon.