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    does anyone know how to change the barrel on a UPVC door lock?

    the lock works perfectly but i want to change the barrel for security purposes.

    i'm sure i can source the barrel separately but do not know a supplier.

    how easy is it to actually remove the barrel, is there is a standard procedure or fixing method?

    really don't want to have to call out the locksmith for something that should be fairly simple.

    just thought i'd ask you lot before taking screwdrivers to my front door!!

    cheers

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    You should be able to pick them up at B&Q ect.

    There is either one or two long screws from the `lock' side and then the whole barrel just slides out.

    No more than a 5min job.

    Gazza

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    nice one Gazza.....did a bit of a google search and came up with this:

    http://www.handlestore.com/keycylinder.php

    exactly as you said, got some 'How 2' pictures on the site aswell.

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    Yup, I'd expect it's just a standard Euro cylinder (as in that link) that you'll have in that type of door.

    You just undo the screws on the faceplate of the door lock to let you slide out the cylinder. You'll need to have the key in the lock to partially turn it to release the holding pin that sticks out from the cylinder -the black strip in the centre on those photos.

    One very important thing Harry. Hopefully whoever fitted the door/lock in the first place fitted the right length of cylinder and the end of the cylinder (where you put the key in) lies totally flush with the lock surround. Sometimes workman are lazy (who'd have thought it?!) and just fit what they have in their van. If the cylinder sits a bit proud on the outside, if it's enough then certain undesirables can use a particular tool to break the cylinder and walk straight in.

    If the current cylinder sits flush on both sides then obviously you can just use the two measurements to get the correct replacement. If they sit proud, the outer one specifically, then adjust your measurements to get one shorter by the relevant amount.

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    nice one D, i'm pretty sure they both sit flush but will make sure. cheers for that little tip.

    i knew we kept you around for a reason!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry View Post
    i knew we kept you around for a reason!
    - I picked up that tip from a locksmith friend - as opposed to any dodgy past of mine!!

    When we moved into to this house I went to sort out new cylinders on both doors - just as a security measure - and when giving him the sizes already installed I explained that one sat proud by 10mm outside. He then enlightened me as to the possible consequences of that! Suffice to say it was duly replaced with one that sat flush!

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    it costs an absolute pitance compared to the peace of mind it will give.

    i didn't think it would be so cheap and easy, so i've been putting it off for ages.

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    Yup, Euro cylinders are so common nowadays that the price of good quality ones makes it a no-brainer to replace them. And as you say, replacing a Euro cylinder must be about one of the easiest DIY jobs you can do!

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    If the situation allows it you can put one on that has a thumb-turn on the inside rather than a key, there is the arguement that its less secure but if you need to break the glass to get to the lock then you can break it to get in anyway probably best to check what the house insurance allows for though.

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    good advice from duncan there as the euro barrels are a dawdle too change im a joiner i should know hee hee

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