I've just moved into a flat-share and noticed there's a painted-over mortice
lock which is part of the door handle assembly.
There is no keyhole on the door and I assume no keys for it. Is it possible
for me to remove the lock and take it to a locksmith to find me a suitable
key, or refit the screens and supply me with keys? How much does this kind
of service cost? Would most High Street locksmiths be able to provide this
service (I've noticed there's MANY in Wandsworth (worrying!))? Would it be
cheaper/easier to buy a brand new lock mechanism?
I would think it gets pricey when you start paying labour rates etc. I would
just start again - take the old one out, replace the door handle etc with a
'normal' one and then buy a new lock. I'm about to fit Yale Cylinder Deadlock to
my new front door.. should be quite straightforward if you have the right drill
Thanks, I think I'll do just that then!
Are these kind of locks (internal doors) standard sizes? Could I remove the
lock/handle and buy something of similar size quite easily? I don't really
have the tools and skills to start boring out deeper holes in my door! I
think I can manage cutting out a keyhole (normal drill + files?).
Yes, they come in standard sizes. Take your old lock with you to match new
The advantage of a new one is that it will have a paper/card template to aid
placement of keyhole.
It could even be that there is a keyhole already but some bright spark has
filled it and painted over...
NB daughter's flat in Wandsworth was recently broken into and she had 2 high
security locks and hinge bolts on her own internal front door. They just
smashed all the door frame away at their leisure.
So your new lock may not be much of a deterrent if they can get through the
main front door of the property easily.
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