I'd prefer thumbscrews on the inside of my patio doors. Mainly because
you can't use a key on the outside if there is still a key on the inside.
Is it possible to fit thumbscrews to the existing, or do I need to
replace the barrel?
I assume you are talking about standard eurolocks, in which case I think
you will need to replace the barrel (not expensive or difficult).
The police will say *never* have thumbscrews, the fire brigade say
*always* have them.
On Sunday 11 August 2013 22:56 newshound wrote in uk.d-i-y:
I have opted for thumbscrews on a new rear door and again in the
conservatory to which that door leads.
1) We can escape in a fire (esp kids whose bedromms are next to that door);
2) OK - someone might reach in a window with a tool and operate the
conservatory thumbscrew - but will will have nothing of much value there;
3) There are no windows within reach of the rear door. To operate the
thumbscrew would require breaking a full door size DG glass unit. In which
case, they could walk through the hole!
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Its not that simple..
thumb turns provide a quick and easy escape route for a burglar.
This encourages them to find a way in, not necessaraly via the door.
It also makes getting the loot out easier than passing 42" TVs through
I find it quite amazing, that when I knock on a customers door, how many
of them start ferreting about for keys, sometimes a couple of minutes.
People have no idea just how fast a room can become full of smoke.
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On Sunday, August 11, 2013 10:44:33 PM UTC+1, R D S wrote:
I think you all mean thumb*turns*.
If it's a Euro cylinder then they can be obtained easily with key one side and thumbturn the other. Eg
(Screwfix item code 99334 if the link doesn't work).
You can obtain replacement Euro cylinders with keys inside and out where
inserting a key from one side works even if there is a key in the other
side - "clutch cam" seems to find them. There is also another version
which only works that way from one side, so you have to install them the
right way round
Would that be 3ft from a window that opens? Or does a fixed pane of
glass qualify. If it's openable windows, would that sort of insurance
also require that window locks were fitted *and active* ?
If the objective is to stop a burglar exiting with booty, then it's no
good if the key is 3ft 1 inch away and findable from the inside.
I've got a wife and three young children. The key stays in the lock at
night, so we can get out in case of a fire - I've been in a house fire
once and I'm not taking chances.
Anyway if it's to do with smashing a window to get the keys to gain
entry, why should it matter? You must be in if the keys are there!
I never felt comfortable leaving the key in the lock. You need to be
careful to ensure you don't engage it slightly which prevents anyone from
opening the door from the outside. I always worried in case my wife had a
fall when I was out, and a keyholder couldn't get in.
I'm curious as to how the entire population appears to have been happy to
completely change the way front doors lock without a murmur. ISTM we have
lost an essential part of the way Yale locks worked, which was to allow a
front door to be closed *and* locked without needing a key.
Is the inability to have keys fully inserted on both sides a bug or a
Not everyone is quite so happy. I would be extremely unhappy to buy a
house that didn't have a "Yale" type lock on the front door. The
"plastic conservatory" type doors which seem to go with Euro-cyclinder
locks are much more prone to going wrong, as well as looking hideous.
The only advantage is that it's virtually impossible to lock yourself
out. On the other hand, if you have visitors/guests staying with you,
they can't leave and lock the door behind them unless issued with a key.
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