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A Child-Proofing Measure You Probably Didn’t Consider

I remember going around the cupboard doors fitting those childproof catches that children and American presidents aren’t supposed to be able to open*. And those little plastic covers in the power outlets. And of course the stair gates. It’s not

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Estate Agents And Lockouts

We’ve attended a spate – well, three in a fortnight – of customers who’ve been locked out by an estate agent (“realtor” to any kind readers from North America). What happens is that soon-to-be-departing occupants leave for the day without

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Warmer Weather And Snapped Keys

As the weather warms up, some doors and door frames will begin expanding (or contracting; wood is excellent but strange stuff; it depends on the moisture content and whether the door is warming up or drying out). Many doors will

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Lamentable Tail

Some of my colleagues are reporting a rash of broken bolt tails on Union Strongbolt (ironically) mortice deadlocks. This is something of a pain as we got these in in order to replace ERA Fortress mortice deadlocks. The Fortress was

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Fire Hazards

It’s time to mention locks as fire hazards again. When considering the locks on your doors, you need to strike a balance between security and safety. You want to keep thieves and other scum out, but you don’t want to

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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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Insurance And Standards

What does it mean when a lock is BS (that’s “British Standard” rather than bullshit)? Does that mean that my insurance company will be happy? (This post is largely addressed to the UK.) Well you can be fairly sure that

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