Did you know that if you have to pull up on your key in order to be able to turn the lock plug in your lock cylinder that the first and possibly the second cuts in your key are too deep? If you have to push down on the key in order to have the lock operate the last two cuts are likely too deep in your key. There could be several reasons for this. Perhaps you key has worn down over many years of use. The pins inside of your lock that sit on the flat spots of the cuts on your key could also be worn. Both of these situations can contribute to a lock not functioning properly. In most instances, a new key, cut to manufacturers specifications and a new set of corresponding bottom lock pins could be the answer to this problem.
If you have to pull your key slightly out of the lock after being inserted into your lock this is usually and indication that the registration of the cuts in the key is off from bow to tip of the key.
Are you faced with a situation where you have a round hole in a piece of wood that has been pulled through and when you try to tighten up the screw it continually spins and never gets tight? The first solution that comes to most people’s minds is to locate and use a bigger screw. This is a great idea but will it work in every application you can think of? Take for instance a door hinge where the screws on the top hinge never tighten up. This causes the door to lean and possibly the bottom of the door is dragging over the threshold every time you open or close the door. You may be able to get away with using a larger diameter of screw provided that the eyelets in the hinge are able to accommodate a larger diameter screw. What if they can’t? We suppose that you could drill out the hinge eyelets to accommodate the larger screws but a better solution to this issue is to use a golf tee. A golf tee is made of hard wood and is round. the perfect shape and size to fill a round hole. Simply cut the head of the golf tee off and then use a hammer to drive the golf tee into the hole that you want to fill. Then drill the appropriate sized hole into the golf tee and drive the screw in. Do this for every hole that has been pulled out.
This trick also works great for relocating holes in wood. Buildings do have a tendency to shift as the seasons change and a lock strike hole could line up perfectly well in the winter time and be far enough off during the summer months that it is a struggle to get your locked or unlocked. Use this trick to relocate a strike hole and have your lock working perfectly fine again.
We hope that these tips and tricks we have provided you with will help you deal with your door and lock issues.
Security Article Written by: Toronto Locksmith
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