Monthly Archives: October 2009

Communal Doors

What can you do about the security of your communal door, particularly if you live in a flat in a converted house? The unfortunate answer is, not much. The first problem is when there’s an electronic entry system of the

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Let There Be Light

What do you do if there are windows at the back of your property — which must apply to just about everybody except non-ground-floor flat dwellers? You can consider grilles. I don’t like the huge concertina grilles very much. They

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Intelligent Design? I Think Not

Not much to report, I’m afraid. Other than if there is a DESIGNER then HE/SHE/IT is pretty unintelligent. The gout I’ve suffered occasionally in my big toe seems to have moved on to my knee. This despite my having already

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Keys In Locks

It’s not a good idea to leave keys in lever locks. I remember back when I was a student, in a shared house, and responsible for my own security for the first time, assuming that as long as there wasn’t

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Well Shod Now

I’ve just put the finishing touches to my own door. (Don’t worry, though, I won’t take over two weeks on any of your jobs.) The locks have been moved, the keeps have been moved, holes have been filled in and

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Berlingo Sound Effects Department

If ever you get into your Citroen Berlingo, slam the door closed and then hear someone shooting at you, I can report that it probably wasn’t a pistol shot but the sound of one of the front suspension coil spring

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Homeguard Mailguard, Part 2

I almost forget why I started the last post. It was actually to talk about the necessary evil that is the letterslot. The previous post began the story of my re-arranging the locks on my front door. The mortice lock

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Homeguard Mailguard

I’ve been playing around sorting my own front door out. You know the saying: the cobbler’s kids are the poorest shod. Well someone in the family lost their keys and I went to change the cylinder. (Which we can do

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