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Byline: Craig Phillips


Fit door & window locks

WITH the holiday season around the corner, it's worth making security a priority. Adding additional locks to ground-floor doors and windows can help deter intruders.


Shoot bolt locks

Window locks



Cordless 14v drill/driver

4v lithium-ion screw driver

1. Work out what type of lock suits you. Choosing the right one is very important for top security and peace of mind.

Top Tip: If you're unsure, speak to your local locksmith who should be able to provide you with guidance.

2. Hold the lock in position and mark with a pencil where the screws will go. Using your drill driver and a standard drill piece, drill pilot holes where you made your pencil marks. This makes sure you don't split the wooden or plastic frame you are fixing the locks to. It's fine to drill into a plastic frame - use standard wooden drill bits for this. It will also make life easier when you come to drive the screws in.

3. Cover Next, change the drill bit in your drill/driver to turn it into a cordless screwdriver (or alternatively use the 4v lithium ion screwdriver) and start to firmly drive each screw into position, making sure that no screws are loose.

4. Make sure the main lock is in position, then place the shoot bolt down, mark around it, and then drill a 12mm hole wide enough for the bolt to enter.

5. Fit the flat shoot bolt plate. Door and window locks are fixed in a similar way, so once you've successfully fitted one lock, the rest should be a doddle!

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 23, 2010
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