Replacing Antique Brass Door Knobs

Antiques do wear out, so your antique brass door knobs will too; replacing them is not a hard job either and shouldn’t really take your more than half an hour to do. Whether your door knobs have worn out and you need new ones; you have little children and need something more practical or the antiques no longer fit in with the style of your house, replacing them is simple and easy and could dramatically improve the look of your home.

 

 

It’s important to remember though, if your door knob is not broken and you do like the style then you may not need a new one; follow the instructions and take it off then give it a quick clean with a brass cleaner. A clean brass door knob will look just like a new one and could save you a lot of money.

 

 

The first thing you need to do when changing or replacing your door knobs is to remove the trim. The trim is the circular plate that is attached to the door at the base of the door knob; it is usually attached with two screws, however, sometimes it will be stuck on to the door so will need to be carefully pried away with a flat screwdriver. When doing this you should always be careful not to damage the door underneath. As you take off each part of the door knob and locking mechanism, lay it out on the floor so that you can use it as a guide to put it back together.

 

 

Next you need to take off the doorknob; you can do this by taking out the screws that are holding it to the door. When you have taken out the screws, hold on to each side of the knob and pull them apart at the same time. After this you’ll have to remove the lock mechanism from within the door; to do this just remove the screws and then pull it out.
To put the new door knob on you should follow the same few steps that you went through to take it off, only backwards. You should fix the trim to the door first and then put one side of the door knob in its place, and then the other side. Be sure to line the two door knobs up using the two long screws provided.

 

 

You should make sure that the door knob is screwed on properly; this is easy if you screw each of the long crews in, in turn and then make sure the door knob is fitted tightly.

 

 

While you are at it you should call a residential locksmith to update all your modern locks around the house. Professional residential and commercial locksmiths can dramatically improve the look, security, and feel of your locks.

 

 

When it comes to replacing your antique door knobs take author John Picoult’s advice and visit www.priorsrec.co.uk.

Ways To Ensure Your Business Premises Is Secure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whether you are just starting out or you’re well into your 20th year of running a successful business, you’ll know the importance of keeping your premises secure. When we start up a business we often put everything we have into it, and that’s not just money. It’s our time, our commitment and our lives. Setting up your own business takes a lot of courage and belief. If your business is attacked by thieves it can feel as if they have taken not only money from you but also everything you have put into your business. Unfortunately there will always be thieves around, we cannot prevent that, but we can prevent them from breaking into our premises.

 
Locks And Doors
Many of us would assume a simple lock and gate would be enough to stop any intruders from breaking in. But thieves know your business is your way of making money. Even if you don’t have hard cash in your premises they know there will be something of worth inside, whether that be stock or computers and tills etc. With that knowledge in hand (and experience) they will not have a problem getting through flimsy gates and locks.
Not only should you call a commercial locksmith to fit the entrance of your premises with strong and secure locks, you should also fit any windows. If a thief does manage to break in, make sure you have a room in your building where you can lock away anything of value whenever you are closed. Make it as difficult for them as possible!

 
Gates, Grilles And Shutter
Investing in security grilles and gates is one of the best things you can do to help prevent a break in. It does make closing a slightly lengthier process, but it’s well worth spending the extra time and money on a local locksmith.
Not so long ago the majority of gates and grilles you physically took off the windows and doors in the morning and put back on in the evening. While these were somewhat effective, if you can take them off, a thief will find a way in as well. You can now invest in electric shutters and security grilles. Making the process of shutting up a little easier, and it that much harder for a thief to break in.

 
Draw Attention!
If someone is going to break in, one of the best things you can do is to draw attention to them at all stages. Hopefully your business is already in a well lit area, but whether it is or not after you have locked up make sure you have a motion detector light. When anyone gets too close to the door to your premises it will turn on drawing attention to them. If this doesn’t put them off and they do still manage to get in, make sure your business is set up with an alarm. This will need to be as loud as possible and continue to go off until someone turns it off with the correct code. You can also fit a flashing light inside that goes off when the alarm goes off. Draw as much attention as possible and hopefully any intruder will be spooked before they can get away with any of your possessions.

 
Your business I expect, is so important to you, it’s not worth scrimping on security as there is a lot more at stake. Calling a commercial locksmith is the best way to secure your local business. Unfortunately burglaries are always going to happen, but do everything you can to prevent them. You can never be too cautious. I would also recommend investing in a good CCTV system. At least then if they do manage to break in, you will have a better chance of catching the culprit and getting your possessions back.
Eilidh MacRae is writing on behalf of West Midlands Shutters and would recommend them for roller shutters in wolverhampton.

How To Prevent Car Theft

Car theft is no longer unusual in the United States and the chances of recovering a stolen car are very slim. This is why it is important that you protect your car, even if it is old, because it is a hard earned investment that is not easy to come by. Unfortunately, no one can tell if they can become a victim of auto theft, so taking the necessary precautions for your car from being stolen is the best thing to do. Since newer models will have theft deterrent devices, the most likely models to be stolen are those that are a little older. Thus, applying theft prevention methods on your car is to your own benefit.
Check Your Investment

 

 

If you are planning on purchasing a car that is not brand new, you must make it a point to check if the car is not stolen in the first place. There are many car dealers that do buy and sell business, which often leads to them purchasing stolen cars at a lower value, and then selling them for a higher price. If you suspect the car to be stolen, do not do business with the dealer. You may only get into trouble with the law in the end.
Multiple Protections

 

 

It is always safer to have multiple types of protection applied on a car, than just one. The more protection you use, the longer it will take for thieves to steal your car that eventually leads to them giving up. Just like you would call a residential locksmith for your home, call a local auto locksmith to help apply protections to your vehicle.
Use Your Common Sense

 

 

In auto theft cases, some of the cars that were stolen had been left unlocked by their owners, while a percentage of those stolen cars, had the keys in the ignition. This is simply reckless on the part of the car owner. Here are a few things you must remember:
Always lock your car and roll up the window before leaving the car. It is also important that you do not leave the keys in the ignition.
In case of emergencies, it is wise to have spare keys stored in your wallet or elsewhere, but not in your car as well. Safe hiding places for keys inside cars are well known by thieves.
Never leave your car unattended, even in front of your own house.
If your car has security devices, make use of them every time you step away from your car.
Call a auto locksmith to secure your car locks
Always chose a parking lot that is visible and attended. Do not opt for poorly-lit to dark areas. This will reduce the chances of having your car stolen while you dine, shop, work or worship.
Never leave your valuables inside the car exposed. Thieves can easily see these through the window and be tempted to steal your car.
Invest In Warning Devices

 

When you have warning devices on your car, thieves are aware that you are prepared. Those annoying warning sounds you hear some cars let off when someone gets too close, are effective methods of protection. There is an array of warning devices you can purchase in the market today, you just need to find the right one that suits your needs and your car.

 

 

Tracking Devices In Case Of Successful Theft

Though quite expensive, tracking devices offer car owners the opportunity to locate their car if it is successfully stolen. It can send out signals for law enforcements to locate and retrieve. Just like warning devices, there are many tracking devices in the market. Always select the one that suits your needs and car.

Valerie Howards is a freelance writer specializing in criminal law. She regularly contributes articles to legal and BailBondsDirect.com websites