I started as an apprentice locksmith way back in 1979 completing locksmith bench work for 3 years, then I went out with a qualified locksmith to learn the skills of lock fitting & lock opening. It took me one & half hours to fit my first mortice deadlock!! Don't worry its only 20 minutes these days.
In 1993 I felt I needed a new challenge and wanted to start my own business. I moved to Sidcup and started the process of building a company of my own. It takes time, money and patience but I think has been worth all my time and effort. The disheartening thing that has happened to the locksmith trade has been the bad press that has over the past eight years or so crept in. We have plenty of what I call "Rogue Traders" mainly sent out by (call centres or nationals) 80% of their engineers have little or no knowledge in locksmith work. Believe me I have seen their handy work, locksmith training courses (which are just quick fix money making organisations) very basic training, which once completed is "Thank you, here are some call centre numbers ... good bye."There are however some genuine companies out there!!
Work Carried Out On Domestic & Commercial
• Lock Fitting and Lock Opening • Lock Repairs and Re-Keying Locks • Lock Upgrades for Insurance Requirements • Locks Fitted to Front/Back Doors & Windows • Locks Fitted to Sliding Patio Doors & French Double Doors • Locks Fitted to Garage Doors • Keys Cut to Locks • Aluminium & UPVC Door & Window Specialist • Repairs to Doors & Windows when possible • Small Glazing Repairs • Carpentry Work • Boarding Up • Alarms Installed & Upgraded
UPVC Doors & Windows
• I replace UPVC multi point door systems, locking gears, new door furniture, new replacement cylinders, window handles, espagnolette bars & hinges.
Paul Kelliher - Master Locksmith