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    Hello wise people!

    I need to change the locks on my house buti was wondering if there was anyw ay to know exactly what you needed without taking out the locks?

    I have three to replace, two from plastic doors and one wood door. But not sure on how you know which one to get...

    Any help greatly appreciated.

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    If the "plastic doors" are UPVC, I'd get a locksmith in, they have locking bolts and everything has to be right and line up. I wouldn't mess with one.
    Wooden, for a yale type you need to know if it's narrow or wide fitting, most mortice locks are similar fitting, just some more secure than others.

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    If the ones on the uPVC doors are euro cylinders then they're a doddle to replace (just done mine recently for a master keyed Mul-T-Lok system) and won't affect any locking bolts etc. You just need to make sure you get the right length (offset) of cylinder which you can measure once it's out. Couple of pics of the locks would help advise.

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    I agree with Duncan. the cylinders themselves are very very easy to replace. Just a case of take out a screw, slot out the cylinder, slot in the new one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    If the ones on the uPVC doors are euro cylinders then they're a doddle to replace (just done mine recently for a master keyed Mul-T-Lok system) and won't affect any locking bolts etc. You just need to make sure you get the right length (offset) of cylinder which you can measure once it's out. Couple of pics of the locks would help advise.

    easy peazie so simple there a joke. PVC Doors, open the door and look at the face plate that the lock comes through, remove the small screws top and bottom on the plate and remove the plate. With the plate removed look at the rectangular locking bolt and underneath it is a small flat head screw, start unscrewing it, this is the what holds the euro lock in place. Once you've removed this screw put the key in the lock and rotate the key slightly either left or right and the lock will just pull out. As duncan says youll need to remove the euro locks and measure them as they are all different lengths. Check Screwfix for replacements as they are an awful lot cheaper than B&Q or a locksmith. Screwfix even sell pairs that only require one key for both doors.

    Wooden doors should just be a 5 or 7 lever lock and are even easier to remove. 2 screws hold the plate on, remove them and 2 screws securing it to the door. May even just be 2 screws in total.

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    Ah cool.

    There the UPVc ones which just need the cylinder. Good that it seems easy peasy though, will try and get some pics up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    You just need to make sure you get the right length (offset) of cylinder which you can measure once it's out.
    I was going to expand on that (the measuring bit) but came across this article which covers it exactly. So the cylinder in that article would be referred to as a 25/35, or 70 25/35 if you wanted to be absolutely correct!

    The bit about it not sticking out too far on the outside is important. If it's too much then toerags who have got hold of a certain locksmiths tool can basically get purchase on the profile and snap the cylinder, thus releasing the lock!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duncan View Post
    If the ones on the uPVC doors are euro cylinders then they're a doddle to replace (just done mine recently for a master keyed Mul-T-Lok system) and won't affect any locking bolts etc. You just need to make sure you get the right length (offset) of cylinder which you can measure once it's out. Couple of pics of the locks would help advise.

    Ok, I was going on the council oohing, arrhing, and the long list of problems they reckoned to have to overcome, never had to do UPVC myself, wood doors are easy.

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