Paying someone to change or fit your locks is expensive business. So after shelling out a hefty amount for a few doors worth of new locks and seeing what was involved, we hit the internet to look up tutorials and videos so we could do it ourselves. First off we started with our back gate because if we made a hash of it it’d be cheaper to fix than a door. This wasn’t a case of simply changing a lock which was already there, we needed to fit a new lock from scratch. The gate needed a door style Yale lock purely because the fence goes along the top of the gate and accessing the bolt lock from the outside was impossible and owing to the position of the gate we needed more security than just a push down latch. Because we use this gate as the main entrance and exit to our house rather than the front door, it made sense to take time to put on a useful lock but quotes from locksmiths and the price of a new gate with a lock pre-fitted were mind blowing. Sod that!
We measured up, ordered watched grabbed a chisel and got to work fitting a lock to the gate. It took about 30 minutes in all because our garden wall was a bit on the wonky side, so we needed to cut some wood and drill some extra holes but if you have a standard size gate fitting and you don’t need to drill into a wall I reckon it would take half that time. But it worked and it works well for our purposes! We can now go in and out of our gate with ease and we no longer have to drag a wet dog, bikes, shopping and dirty shoes the whole way through our house. Now we’ve tried fitting locks to something simple like a gate we’re up for trying to change the internal and external locks in our house. I’m seriously enjoying learning to do things like this, I know they are basic and not exactly huge projects like knocking down walls but small things like this give me the confidence that we will, in fact survive a total rewire, new ceilings, re-situation of bathrooms and much, much more in the months to come.