I have two uPVC doors fitted with CES multipoint locks, keyed
differently. I need to have them keyed alike - there are no locksmiths
for many miles around, so I thought I'd simply replace them myself, with
a keyed-alike pair.
But - I can't find a source! Are they interchangeable with any
The only locks I've previously dealt with, have been in _much_ older
houses. Euro-cylinder is apparently what I have, so it appears that I
needn't look for the same brand as the current locks.
The only important thing to remember before buying/ordering
is to measure the existing cylinder carefully. The part that
engages with the locking mechanism in the door may be in the
centre or offset and the overall length can vary so you need
to measure the length of each end.
As our two matching locks have cylinders both inside and
out, it doesn't matter which end is which (from an ordering
point of view) but if you have a cylinder outside and a
thumbwheel on the inside it will.
There must be a standard order for these measurements to
ensure the lock fits the right way round but I don't know
what it is. If both ends are the same length, of course, it
Old lock removed and measured.
New, keyed-alike ones ordered.
Having the same key for both isn't the only reason these are being
replaced - we get lots of salty sea-spray,so the old ones are somewhat
corroded, and are becoming increasingly difficult to operate.
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