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Window boarding- Newcastle upon Tyne


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Emergency response Window boarding in Newcastle upon Tyne

 

D.R Locks provide a 24 hour boarding up service to commercial and residential customers throughout the North east of England.

If your home has been broken in to or accidently damaged we offer a full service start to finish from securing the property and making it safe again to supplying and fitting Glass of all types.

Our average call out response in 30 minutes and we aim to be with you as quick as possible. All our staff are fully vetted, trained to the highest standard and inspected regularly to make sure you get great service.

                                                                       DR Locks and double glazing repairs

 

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Glass repair

5 bybennywoo

Steamed units replaced at a good price. did everything I asked will defo use again if I need to

Multi point lock

5 byLiamliam888

Fixed a multi-point lock. Explained step by step and very helpful

Window boarded and new glass

12/04/2015 ictoriadds

Very fast turn around, thanks again

 

 

Other services

Door repairs -24 hour Lock out service, Door panels replaced, Letter plates, multi-point locks, door cassettes, seized doors opened , Hinges, Handles and re-aligning

Window repairs- Locking mechanisms, Open and repair jammed windows, Hinges, Drafts eliminated, Handles, Vents, Re-sealing,Misted Glass repairs and upgrades

Locks -changed and upgraded, Keyed alike, Key holding, high security locks supplied and fitted.

 

 

 

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Buying new windows VS window repair

cropped-dr-locks-lofo-locksmith1.pngAre UPVC windows and doors maintenance Free?

Should you buy new windows and doors? or repair them?

 

When UPVC windows and doors were first introduced on the 90`s there main selling advantage was they were “Maintenance Free”. No such thing! anything that has moving or operating parts can not be maintenance free. Wood windows should be treated/painted every year and hinges and locks serviced at the same time, And so do UPVC windows and doors. They don’t need painted but to freshen them up you can use a alcohol based solution/restorer which removes grime and makes them look new. The hinges should be lubricated once a year with silicone spray or graphite paste (we don’t use WD40 as it dries out parts over time) and the same treatment should be given to your window locking mechanism.

 

Maintaining your windows and doors will prolong their life and if these parts fail they can be easily replaced by us. We repair Window hinges, Window handles, Window mechanisms, Glass, Door cylinders, Door multi-point locking systems, Letterplates, Door hinges and door panels.

Buying new windows and doors can be very costly and finding a reliable company that will offer a guarantee that will outlive the companies are becoming difficult to find, an average UPVC window is £200-£250 fitted an average hinge repair is £55! it makes sense to repair it.

 

Call us today for a totally Free no obligation quote

                                                  Tel: 0191 2963346

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Lock repair

“We used DR LOCKS to repair our UPVC door. They did a great job at a great price.”

B.Mqueen

Great service

” Very helpful lads, good job all round”

S.Bayers

                                                                A*

“Couldn’t ask for more we needed our locks changed when our tenant moved out

Dan came out and done it within the hour, left no mess and he was a friendly chap”

                                               G.Grey

                             Window repair

“I sold my house and some of the conditions of sale where that I repaired the two jammed windows in my living room. they had been jammed shut for two years, DR locks got them open very quickly, damage free and replaced the parts that needed it. Window repair well done”

                                                  M.Williamson

Window resealed

“There was an awful breeze coming through our window in the living room. We had Dan reseal the plastic trim around the window that had perished over the years. Great job- Very Tidy ”

Door lock repaired

5 bydon1988

Multi-point lock repaired same day highly recommend

 

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Another jammed closed UPVC door, This job was for a tenant in Cramlington. The door had completely jammed up and the mechanism had failed. We quickly opened the door up and changed the multi-point locking system. the turn around on this job was an hour. It might be a pain in the neck when a door doesn’t operate properly but more importantly it is a massive safety issue as your doors are a point of exit in an emergency. don’t hesitate to call us. We also supplied and fitted a new euro cylinder while we were there.

 

 

 

 

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Multi-point lock repair in Rowlands Gill Gateshead, The customers door had jammed shut due to mechanism failure. we quickly opened the door up and swapped the failed lock for a new one. Another Happy customer

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DR Locks & UPVC repairs- Door repairs Newcastle upon Tyne, Window repairs, Glass repairs and Lock repairs.

Misted Glass repair in Newcastle upon tyne

For UPVC door repairs Newcastle look no further.

 

We specialise in repairing UPVC doors. All makes and models covered

A Lady in Jarrow called us because she had a jammed shut stable type door, We quickly opened the door up and found that the top part of the mechanism/multi-point locking system had failed. We called our parts supplier and to buy a new mechanism for this particular KFV branded unit was nearly £200 just in parts. We adapted a standard KFV multi-point lock and did it for half of the original quotation.

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FullSizeRender (4)The customer was very happy with the end result. The door worked great, we supplied and fitted a new cylinder and re-aligned the door Free of charge.

We specialise in UPVC door repairs and we can source Multi-point Locking systems that other companies can not at a very competitive price.

 

01/04/15 Locksmith blog- DR Locks

Multipoint lock repair newcastle

 

Door repair in Wallsend today, A customers door had jammed shut and wouldn’t open for them. We opened up the door and replaced a FUHR mechanism and cylinder and adjusted the hinges while we were there. One happy customer and another good doors life extended.

 

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Tel (0191) 2963346

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Lock changed

5 byfreddyb199

Lock changed in a few minutes, great! thanks again Freddy

Lock repair

5 bywickesy

                                                             10/10 very good service, door repairs Newcastle upon tyne

UPVC Windows fixed

5 byMyersL

I was going to buy new windows, When I contacted DR Locks they said my windows are fine just need repaired. which they done! all my windows are working and looking great now and saved me a fortune. from start to finish they were honest and reliable. GREAT SERVICE- 5 STARI was going to buy new windows, When I contacted DR Locks they said my windows are fine just need repaired. which they done! all my windows are working and looking great now and saved me a fortune. from start to finish they were honest and reliable. …

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 For UPVC door repairs in Newcastle upon tyne look no further …

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Local Locksmith

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Fast response Locksmith In Newcastle upon Tyne

Are you looking for a friendly, Reliable Locksmith for your home or business?

We provide a fast and reliable service in and around Newcastle upon Tyne

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We fix Windows and Doors!

We repair all aspects of double glazing in including Window hinges, Window handles, Window locking mechanisms, Door cylinders, Door mechanisms, Door furnishings, UPVC panels and Porches

“We will beat any Like for like written quote “

 

Locksmith North Shields

Local Locksmith in North shields, Tyne and Wear

 

 

 

 

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Customer reviews

Door lock repair

5 byLing4077

I had a few quotes to fix my broken UPVC doors and Dr Locks was by far the most competitive. great lads would use again if I need to

Excellent

5 bySuziw111

We recently used this company to change our door lock that had jammed open and wouldnt shut or lock at all. Right from the start Dan the locksmith was brilliant he reassured us when we were worried we would miss our train as we were going to visit family and he had it fixed in no time and left no mess what so ever. Would use again without a doubtWe recently used this company to change our door lock that had jammed open and wouldnt shut or lock at all. Right from the start Dan the locksmith was brilliant he reassured us when we were worried we would miss our train as we were going to visit family.

Great service, highly recommended!

5 bylolamishka

I really can’t fault Dan, he came out so quickly to my house and changed the locks really quickly and cleanly plus guaranteed the work he did and sent an invoice promptly when asked. Really nice, polite and couldn’t be more professional, would highly recommend.I really can’t fault Dan, he came out so quickly to my house and changed the locks really quickly and cleanly plus guaranteed the work he did and sent an invoice promptly when asked. Really nice, polite and couldn’t be more professional, would highly …

Very good 5 byburton111 

Changed my locks and repaired a window that had a cold breeze coming through. Very good workmanship. I will be recommending these lads to all my friends

Top notch 5 bychris_85 

  1. Used this company for a lock repair, great service.

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  2. DR Locks rocks! 5 byMayaS 

    Prompt, excellent and polite service; no over-charging or unnecessary work. I highly recommend DR Locks

 

Very good 5*

5 bybigbri888

Very helpful, fair prices and great workmanship

Fantastic

5 byben111craik

Very fast service, I couldn’t leave the house because I had lost my keys. DR Locks arrived within 15 minutes! Great lads

Electronic access repair

5 byhelenmoo

Dan came to fix our communal entrance. Great service and very friendly. I highly recommend

 

Glass repairs

5/5

Spot on. Glass repaired in 3 days great service

  1. Door repair

      bytopdogrob 

    “Very good service, I will use again”

    Repaired door

      byravrav 

    “Called out to look at door, great quote and had parts repaired in no time”

     

    A1 Service

     

    “I lost my keys to my front door, They got the door open very quickly and changed the lock and gave me 3 new keys without any fuss, I recommend this service”

     

    Replaced Window handles

     

    “Very friendly and professional service”

 

A1 service

5 bygbayers

I lost my keys to my front door, They got the door open very quickly and changed the lock and gave me 3 new keys without any fuss, I recommend this service

Door lock repaired

5 bydon1988

Multi-point lock repaired same day highly recommend

Excellent

5 bysusansd

Very friendly lad, Fixed my mams window when nobody else would come out and charged a very reasonable amount to do it.

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Thinking about becoming a Locksmith

So You want to be a locksmith?

 

Being a Locksmith can be a very rewarding job indeed, But like all jobs it has its ups and downs. I’ve wrote this short Blog to Let you know the pitfalls you might come across and how to avoid them.

You will wear different hats throughout your career as a locksmith and I don’t mean swapping from your cap in the summer to your woolen hat in the winter, What I mean by this is you will have different roles to play as a Locksmith. You will be a councillor, accountant, web developer, customer service advisor, advertising agent, salesman and last but not least A Locksmith! its not an easy job and its not a get rich quick and easy path to success. but what it will offer you is the freedom of self employment, the autonomy of being your own boss, and a great sense of self satisfaction

We will assume that you want to work for yourself and not for an employer. You will need to advertise your services. This is purposely the first topic of discussion because its possibly the toughest part and the biggest pitfall of many a “wannabe” Locksmith.

First things first .. Training

You need training. Can you call yourself a locksmith if you fit the odd lock and drill the odd lock now and then? Well you can call yourself a locksmith but nobody else will. There’s a lot more to the job than turning up and using the quickest and cheapest method to gain entry to the customers home that your mate has showed you . its about assessing each situation individually and doing what is best for the customer at that time. No two jobs are the same. There are training providers all over the UK and very easy to find with a quick search on Google, What I will say is research the company you use very thoroughly before you use them and check out any good or bad references they may have. You could alternatively look for an apprentiship or somebody to be your mentor it may be a bit trickier to attain but you will learn on the job and know the ins and outs of everyday life of a locksmith.

The industry is constantly changing and you need to always be at the top of your game. network with other locksmiths and don’t be afraid to ask questions they can provide priceless knowledge when you need it the most.

Like all sectors you will have quiet times. Are you going to sit in the house and watch the TV? Most Locksmiths when they first start out offer other services like home security, Drain unblocking or general property maintenance so that when business is slow you have an alternative source of income

 

Advertising your services

 

Online advertising

Online presence is essential in the success of any Locksmith business and you will be competing against big players with large budgets that already have their foot well and truly wedged in the door and they are not going to roll over and die easily. Below I’ve listed a few online methods and some of their pros and cons to save you some of the time, effort and money I’ve spent ..

 

Your own website – Websites are essential in any modern day business, Its the face of your business. Get one! or build one , you will need one. I built my own website without any previous experience. Read a book and look on YouTube because website developers are expensive. To show your website on Google searches you will have to let them know you exist by verifying your website so it can be indexed then optimise your website so that it ranks higher up the search results. the great thing about personally optimising your website is its totally free . I’m not going to go fully in depth with this subject in this blog as its very intensive and detailed. Take the time to research because the more effort you put in to this method of advertising the more you will reap the benefits.

Yell.com-I Find it a quick fix and a short term method of getting your phone ringing. But again like all internet advertising the big companies have the monopoly. Yell are partners with Google and you may have noticed they sit proudly at the top of the rankings. they don’t pay pennies to sit their and if you want to be their with them they will charge you a premium.

Yell have sponsored listings owned by the big players with a waiting list that’s very long, local search Position 1 is the ad that shows first every single time you search that classification within your desired city they are expensive (around £5500 per annum) then there is position two and three which will be obviously second and third place then newly introduced there is now position four or as yell like to call it local VIP these ads aren’t particularly expensive and I personally find them great for local advertising within a mile of your home or office.

PPC ( Pay per click) advertising–  Pay per click, Exactly what it says on the tin.. Every time somebody clicks on your ad you pay! We will use Google Adwords as an example, On Google at the top of the search results (before yell and natural listings) these ads will show the larger your budget the more likely you will show here, I personally don’t use Adwords as I find it too time consuming and expensive in comparison with Website organic SEO

Social networking- Millions of people connect and socialise through Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms, Advertise your services on pages such as  local buy and sell pages and make sure you add a link to your website as this helps your online organic presence that we have previously discussed in this blog. Let all your Facebook and twitter friends know what you do but don’t over do it and scare them away ( nobody likes workaholics)

 

Offline advertising

 

Estate agents – Estate agents, landlords, and property management firms will always need Locksmith services. Get yourself some business cards and a list of services, write down all the local estate agents in your area and get in your car and talk to them. Most estate agents will give you a small job to test you then give you the better stuff as and when you prove yourself.  They can be a great source of income but you may have to invoice them and wait on your cash and if cash flow is an issue this is a no go.

 

Word of mouth- Totally Free method of advertising so just one job is 100% profit. Tell all your friends and family because everybody uses locksmiths at some point or knows somebody that will  and your name should be at the front of their mind.

 

Leaflet dropping- You can get some great deals on leaflet printing, if you offer another service to your customers use this method to advertise it and add a small part about your locksmith services, for example I do double glazing repairs but on my leaflets I have a small image at the bottom of my leaflets that say “24hour emergency locksmith service”. Why not?

 

Local paper- If you were locked out of your house would you go and buy a paper and look through the classifieds in the back for a locksmith? no you wouldn’t take a look at the site here. You could place a small ad for other services you provide such as  Lock upgrades, home security awareness and Lock changes, but don’t spend big in this area hoping for lock out customers.

 

Warrant  work– Some love it and some hate it. It can be the bread and butter to your business sandwich or it can take away the main reason you started out by yourself.. The Freedom, If the company you do the work for calls and you are busy elsewhere will they call you next time they need a locksmith? The pay isn’t brilliant but moneys money in business. My tip here is try it and if you like it do it and if you don’t? don’t do it.

Vehicle signage-  As a locksmith you will drive around a lot so what better way to advertise your services other than a great big lump of meatl your sitting in. Make sure your website and means of contacting you are clear.

 

Start up costs

You will need ..

Training Costs–  If you use a training course provider you will pay around £1500 if you do an apprentiship and you will more than likely be paid but it will take longer.

Tools– Locksmith tools aren’t cheap and the cost of this all depends on what you want you don’t necessarily need an electric pick gun but it will make your jobs a lot quicker and easier. With the industry constantly changing you will always have to invest in new technology.

Van – Depending on what other services you provide you wont need a lot of space so a small car derived van should be suffice.

Insurances- You will need liability insurance and Van insurance

Advertising- Again, a price cant be put on this. You could spend thousands of pounds on the wrong method of advertising the key here is to monitor which method works for you and what your ROI (Return on investment) is. Different methods work for some and don’t work for others.

Website building- I built mine for under £100. You woll need to buy your web domain ( the website address) and hosting.

 

Top Tips…

Self discipline– You need to be able to make the best of your time, if you run your own advertising and you do your own accounting you need to set aside some of your time for this. treat it like a job.. if you wake up when you fancy and go to bed late and watch TV and neglect your business. IT WILL FAIL. or you are incredibly lucky. If you put in the hard work and effort you will reap the rewards.

Customer service – Brilliant customer service is paramount in creating a brilliant reputation that will create repeat custom. Treat every customer like you would like to be treated yourself, be friendly and go the extra mile every time ( but remember you have a business to run).

Before you go off and write your notice and slam it on the bosses desk ask yourself these questions

 

Do you have what it takes?

 

Why? why do you want to be a locksmith? is it for the right reasons?

 

Where? Does your local area need another locksmith? areas like central London are overrun by locksmith firms and its an incredibly competitive place to be.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this article and I hope it helps you decide whether to join the crazy world of locksmiths or not

 

Dan Rudd

Owner of DR locks & Double glazing repairs

Tyne and wear

www.northshieldslocks.com

 

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window and door repairs north shields

 

Misted Glass

 Hinges

 Handles

 Window Locks

 Multi-point door Lock repairs

 Window sills

 Re-sealing/Weatherproofing

 

 

 

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See what our happy customers say about us

 

Customer reviews mean everything to us at DR Locks, To date we have never had an unhappy customer and we aim to never have one. We do everything we can to go that extra mile whenever we can.

 

“Great service”

We called this company to look at our daughters door as it wasn’t closing, they quickly got to the bottom of the issue and fully described the issue to my husband, they done the work that day and the door has never worked as good as it does now even when we first had it fitted. Highly recommend”

” Highly recommended!”

by lolamishka

I really can’t fault Dan, he came out so quickly to my house and changed the locks really quickly and cleanly plus guaranteed the work he did and sent an invoice promptly when asked. Really nice, polite and couldn’t be more professional, would highly recommend. I really can’t fault Dan, he came out so quickly to my house and changed the locks really quickly and cleanly plus guaranteed the work he did and sent an invoice promptly when asked. Really nice, polite and couldn’t be more professional.

“Reliable and fast service”

by MrsC14

Attended within 30 mins of phone call, would highly recommend!

“Thank you”

by simonobrien

Fantastic Service. Life saver

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Locksmith Blog 05/01/15

Locksmith Blog

            Monday 5th January 2015                 Local locksmith 1

 

            NEW YEAR, NEW US!

Primarily we are a Locksmith service business but we also offer all aspects double glazing repairs but it not what we solely focus on. In 2015 we are going to focus on promoting this side of our business to be able to offer a “One stop service” for our customers.

First Monday morning of the year started with a Lock change in South shields back over to North Shields to change a Rim cylinder (commonly known as Yale cylinder) and then back over to South shields again for a Lock change.

Then in the evening we had a few jobs to measure/quote in Wallsend. We offer totally FREE estimates! You would be surprised at how many customers replace perfectly fine Windows and doors at a huge expense just because of a hinge or a window mechanism or maybe a broken handle which are pretty low cost repairs and could save you thousands of pounds. We repair all aspects of UPVC windows and doors at very competitive prices give us a call before you call the Double Glazing companies.. It wont cost anything!

 

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Misted Glass? We can repair and replace all Double glazed units that have misted, failed or been damaged and we will NOT be beaten on price and we will match any like for like written quote

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Locksmith Wallsend 0191 2963346

A Lot of locked out customers in Wallsend Today..

 

Three to be precise … All Locked out and we still made our very strict promise

 

20 Minute call out response

From when you put down the phone until our locksmith lands on your doorstep

 

Sometimes we aren’t this lucky somedays we can be on a job in Ashington and get a call for a Locksmith required in Wallsend, So.. How do we keep our response times so quick?

The simple answer is because it matters to us and we try our upmost best to achieve it. BIG Locksmith Companies don’t care about their customers as much as we do. Every customer we get matters because we need them, we need their repeat business and the business they will create by talking about us so positively.

Speak to a  Locksmith In Wallsend, Tyne & Wear Directly!

Fast response Locksmith service 24/7

If you ever need a Locksmith in Wallsend – Call us  0191 2963346


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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