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Find a local locksmith

Locksmiths can help you make your home secure by fitting a new lock or replacing an external door. They tend to do a lot of reactive work where they help you get back inside if you've been locked out of a house. Many offer a 24 hours' emergency locksmith service for when you need to get back into your house quickly or out of hours.

Some locksmith companies also offer auto locksmithing services for when you need to gain access to a vehicle if you've lost your car keys or locked your keys inside a car.

What a locksmith can help with

  • Fitting a new lock.
  • Opening a locked door.
  • Replacing a door with a lock.
  • Emergency locksmith services if you're locked out of your house or need the locks replacing quickly (normally 24/hr).
  • Burglary repairs where there's damage from forced entry.
  • Key cutting.
  • Auto locksmithing (helping you get back into a locked car).

What should I do if my key's hard to turn in the lock?

Over time, dust and dirt can build up on the internal mechanisms that control the movement of a lock. You can try applying dry graphite to lubricate it or if you think it might be more than just dirt affecting it, a locksmith can assess the mechanism and tell you if you need a new lock.

Wooden doors can also expand and contract which stops the lock from fitting into the door frame. This can happen if the lock was installed during hot weather or in the middle of winter. Once the temperature changes, the door can shift slightly. In most cases, the lock will still work if you wriggle the key around and get it engaged, but you can ask a locksmith to adjust the lock for you to stop this from happening.

Should I have all of my locks changed if my keys are lost or stolen?

You won't always need to replace your set of locks if your keys are stolen. If you choose to replace your entire lock, the lock itself and the knob will be replaced but it can be cheaper to have your locks re-keyed. In a re-keying job, the tumbler's replaced so that you keep your old lock but only a new key would be able to open it. Your old keys would stop working in the lock.

Insurance for locksmith work

There is no legal obligation for locksmiths to be insured but locksmiths may choose to purchase public liability insurance so they're covered in the case of injury or accidental damage to a property.

Questions you should ask a locksmith

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    Added 26/06/2017

    Our house door (which is quite old-fashioned) can suddenly only be locked/unlocked from outside....

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    BS37, Chipping Sodbury

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    Lock repair and replacement

    Added 25/06/2017

    Repair one Ruko 5 lever lock & replace a Ruko (Yale style) rim lock on another door because...

    £250
    BS6, Redland

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    Change locknut my new home

    Added 25/06/2017

    Hi, I am moving into a new home and would like to change the lock on my front door. Would be...

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    HA8, Hale

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    Multipoint lock not working properly

    Added 23/06/2017

    My front door is fitted with a Kenrick Excalibur multipoint lock which no longer 'double locks'....

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    TW3, Hounslow West

    What other homeowners are saying

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    Posted by Helen on 06/28/2017

    Went the extra mile to make good my old gate and made sure I was able to unlock without any difficulty. He will be boarding my loft in a week's time as well.

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