Can You Fix A Broken Key?

Can You Fix A Broken Key?

Although not an everyday occurrence, there may come a time in life where you end up with a broken key. Whether it snaps within the lock or gets damaged elsewhere, the panic to find a quick fix soon kicks in. Within this guide, we will be discussing whether you can fix a broken key and what the best options are for a quick solution.



Is it Possible to Fix a Broken Key?

When it comes to fixing a broken key, you’ll rarely find that the pieces can get put back together like a china plate. In fact, more times than not, there are far simpler solutions such as purchasing a replacement key or obtaining a spare.

When your key first breaks, it’s important to establish whether you should either repair it or get a replacement instead. It’s worth knowing that:

● A repaired key won’t ever be as reliable as the original key
● Repairing a key can sometimes be costlier than an alternative option
● In order to be fixed, the key needs to break in a certain way

How to Get a New Key

There are several options to choose from when it comes to getting a new key; depending on how soon you need a replacement. Local locksmiths can be on hand to help you but one of the easiest solutions is to purchase a new key online. Purchasing keys online is both a convenient and affordable experience, allowing you to get a replacement key swiftly.

The following three steps will take you through how to get a new key.

1. Establish the Type of Key

When getting a replacement key, it’s important to make sure that you get the right version cut. This is fairly simple to do; all keys tend to have a number engraved on them that can be typed into our search bar (at the top of the page). If you can’t find the key number, then you can search by the manufacturer instead.



From here, you will be presented with the right type of key, making it easier for the next step to take place.

2. Get a Copy From a Key Cutter

Key cutting requires skill in order to ensure accuracy, particularly if your key is already broken. Getting a replacement key from a trusted and experienced key cutter is the simplest way to solve your broken key problem.

Here at Fast Keys, we have many years of experience in replacing broken keys and can get a new copy over to you in an instant. Simply browse our website to find your replacement key or get in touch with us on 01268 562 562 if you require any further assistance.

3. Change Your Locks

When a key breaks, it is often due to the fact that the key and locking system is old and worn. With this in mind, changing your locks when you break a key might be a wise move.

Although a costlier option, changing your locks will reduce the risk of key breakages in the future. Modern locking systems are made out of far stronger materials that will last longer and withstand frequent use.

As well as avoiding key breakages in the future, changing your locks will also provide your home or building with far greater security. Intruders will struggle to pick the locks when they’re updated with the latest locking technology!

Conclusion

Although it is possible to fix a key (depending on where it has broken), the easiest solution will always be to get a replacement key cut instead. With the above three steps in mind, you’ll have a brand new, stronger, key in no time!

Get in touch with our specialist key cutting experts on 01268 562 562 for more information.

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How to Keep Your Hardware Looking Brand New

How to Keep Your Hardware Looking Brand New

The sheen and sophistication that comes from out-of-the-box hardware really makes a world of difference to the appearance of your property. But over time, the hardware of your doors can lose their lustre, leaving your home looking old and tired.

Don’t worry though - you don’t have to immediately rush out to replace all of the hardware in your home – there are ways to renew the appearance of hardware, and they’re easier than you might think.



Here are some tips and tricks that will help you to keep your hardware looking brand new.

How to Clean Your Hardware

Some homeowners who are the proud occupiers of older houses pride themselves on retaining the original patina of metal hardware, but just because they want their home to maintain its antique finish, doesn’t mean it has to look corroded or tarnished. You can still clean door hardware quickly and easily while accentuating the original features of your home.

What You Will Need To Clean Your Hardware

In order to clean your hardware, you will require:

● A toothbrush or soft-bristled brush
● Water
● Gloves
● Cloths
● Metal cleaner
● Furniture or car wax

If you can’t find an effective metal cleaning product, you can make your own from a mix of bicarbonate of soda and vinegar which will work particularly well for older doors where you want to remove some, but not all, of the patina.

Bronze Finishes

Oil rubbed bronze finishes are finishes that evolve over time, meaning they have a continually changing appearance. Because this type of finish doesn’t have a clear coat, the flat brown coating usually wears down to a coppery tone.



In order to take care of bronze finished hardware, you should wipe down the surface with a small amount of vegetable oil on a soft cloth – however, be careful not to use too much, as this can leave a residue on your hands when you use the door.

If you want to restore the hardware’s colour without affecting the original compound, you can use a household detergent or a mild abrasive powder that can be wiped away. Finish off by rubbing in a coat of furniture wax to keep the hardware looking pristine.

Clear Finishes

In order to maintain the appearance of clear finished hardware, you only need to clean periodically with non-abrasive soap and buff the hardware slightly with a dry cloth.

Applying non-abrasive car wax is also a good idea when working with clear finishes as this will protect the hardware while also preserving the colour beneath.

Chrome Finishes

Chrome hardware is one of the easiest metals to maintain and can be wiped down with just a damp cloth. If you need to restore the metal, you can use high-grade chrome polish to bring back the finish.



Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar can also be used to clean chrome efficiently – mix the two ingredients together to form a paste and brush into the hardware using a toothbrush or a soft-bristled brush. Leave the mixture to sit for a few minutes to work on dissolving the grime and then wipe away with a cloth.

Know When it's Time to Replace your Hardware

Unfortunately, it is not always possible to restore the metal on your doors to a suitable standard. If hardware has been unmaintained for too long, it’s best to start fresh and replace the hardware.

Replacing hardware can instantly transform the look of a building; this is particularly the case with replacement letterboxes, door handles and locks.

The main thing to remember when choosing new hardware is to check that the size matches what you currently have in place; this will help to avoid any installation difficulties.

Order Hardware Online

Ordering hardware online has never been easier thanks to our online store. We have a huge array of key hardware available to purchase today; from door handles and chains through to hinges and latches.

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Our Carriage Charges are Changing

Our carriage charges will be changing from January 13th 2020, the changes are in order to align our rates with that of Royal Mail's latest business postage tariffs.

The table below outlines the new charges that take effect on 13/01/2020. For any further information, please do not hesitate to contact our sales team - 01268 562562












Postage

ROYAL MAIL


DPD
Weight
Keys
Letter
Signed For
Large Letter
Signed For
Special
DPD
From 
to
from to
UK Mainland
0
60
1
6
£1.13
£3.33
£1.95
£3.69
£7.75
£5.33
61
100
7
13
£1.95
£3.69
£7.75
£5.33
101
250
14
38
£2.32
£4.07
£8.40
£5.33
251
500
39
79
£4.17
£8.40
£5.33
501
750
80
111
£5.33
751
1000
112
150
£5.33
1001
1250
151

£5.33
1251
1500


£5.33
1501
1750


£5.33
1751
2000

308
£5.33
2 Kilo's30 Kilo's

£5.33























58 Keys plus FOC - UK Mainland Only





DPD - UK Islands = Channel Islands and Scottish Islands


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4 Best Places To Store Your Safe

4 Best Places To Hide Your Safe


Whether you’re keeping important documents out of reach or storing valuable items, safes provide the answer to all your security needs. Although your home or office should already be following strict security protocol (check out this guide for more information), there’s no harm in adding an extra layer of protection to the items you truly care about the most. Within this guide, we will be discussing how important it is to have a safe, as well as how important it is to hide it discreetly.


Do I need to hide my safe?


Although having a safe almost guarantees that your possessions will remain out of reach, some intruders may still try their luck and break-in. Due to this, it’s important to keep the safe as hidden as possible in your home or office. If an intruder notices you have a safe in broad daylight, they may feel inclined to break into it as they will be almost certain that it will have valuables inside. Even if they have no success breaking into the safe, it is likely that surrounding objects may become damaged; is it really worth it?


So, to avoid falling victim to theft or damage, it is highly recommended to hide your safe in a discreet location.


The best places to hide a safe


A lot of people start to panic when they realise that they need to find an area in their home or office where they can hide their safe. However, it is worth knowing that absolutely anyone can hide a safe discreetly when they give it a bit of thought. Read on to discover 4 of the best places to hide your safe.


1. Inside the wall

Wall safes tend to be all the craze in dramatic films; they’re usually found hiding behind a picture frame.


Believe it or not, wall safes aren’t just for the movies. They are in fact one of the best ways to hide your safe, and the greatest thing about them is that they take up absolutely no room.


It’s always recommended to get in touch with a professional when installing a wall safe, as it’s important to make sure that your walls have enough depth and security to hold it. Intruders are highly unlikely to bother stealing a wall safe, and they will only have success if it’s been installed incorrectly or inside thin walls.


2. Inside the floor

If your walls aren’t acceptable for wall safes, then why not head to the floor instead? Floor safes work perfectly when installed in cement or concrete floors, and depending on how often you would need to access it, you can cover it up with carpet to keep it out of sight.

Once again, floor safes will need installing by a professional if you don’t already have space. They are typically opened via a key and lock system and open like a lid. It is also worth noting that floor safes are not recommended in areas where there is water, as leaks may end up damaging your valuables.


3. Inside a cabinet


Store your safe inside a cabinet and it’ll be hidden away just like everything else you don’t want on show. If you are serious about keeping your safe secure, then you can get a professional to anchor the safe onto the cabinet, which will prevent intruders from simply removing it.


Storing a safe inside a cabinet is a popular option for those who like to add convenience to their lives; more times than not, cabinets are at eye level and require no reaching or crouching to access. This means that your safe will be easily accessible for those who have permission to enter it.


To add an extra layer of security, ensure that there is room in front of your safe to store items with less value. For example, a row of DVDs will cleverly hide the safe.


4. Under a desk



Last, but by no means least, we have the best location for
office safes in particular. Storing an office safe under a desk is a simple yet effective way to keep it out of sight. If an intruder was to walk past the office, they are highly unlikely to see a safe when it’s hidden under a desk. And, in the day, there will always be someone protecting it. It’s a win-win!


Keep your home as secure as can be


If you have items which you can’t bear to lose, then storing them in a safe will guarantee safety. Here at Fast Keys, we aren’t just key specialists. We have a huge collection of safes online and instore that can cater to your every need. From fire safes and key cabinet safes to all the safes mentioned above, your possessions will always remain secure. Get in touch for more information.


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Cant find your car keys? Here is what to do

Lost Your Car Keys? Here’s How To Replace Them

There’s nothing worse than losing your car keys - especially if you don’t have a spare pair. Although a stressful situation, it’s important to know that getting a car key replacement is not as tricky as you may think. Within this guide, we will be establishing exactly what steps you need to take to replace your car keys and get on the road again as quickly as possible.

Top 3 Ways to Get Replacement Car Keys




Obtaining a new car key doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, there are many ways to get replacement car keys within just a few days! From using specialist key cutters to visiting local garages, there will always be a solution. Below, we will discuss the top 3 ways to get replacement car keys.


1. Use a leading key cutter

One of the cheapest and quickest ways to get a lost car key replacement is by contacting a leading key cutter. The whole purpose of a key cutter is to be on hand in situations like these, meaning your issue will be dealt with both professionally and accurately. Due to the nature of the business, key cutters are guaranteed to provide you with the quickest turnaround for your key cutting needs, meaning you could be on the road again within just 24 hours!

2. Contact your car insurance provider

In most instances, it is highly unlikely that your car insurance provider will cover you if you lose your keys. However, all policies are different, and there’s no harm in finding out if they can provide you with a replacement set.

Although this may seem like one of the most straightforward options, it’s important to remember that claiming on insurance will likely affect your no claims bonus and be more expensive in the long run.

3. Visit a local garage



Visiting your local garage is another viable option when in need of a replacement car key. However, the garage may not guarantee a solution, as it might not have the right equipment to replace what you need. It’s also worth noting that, if they do have the right equipment, garages will likely charge you a large sum of money to replace a key for you.

Common Questions Asked When Replacing Keys


As you can see, there are quite a few ways to get replacement keys, all with their own benefits and drawbacks. But what information is needed to replace your keys? How long will it take to get a new pair? As the UK’s leading key cutters, we’ve dealt with a whole range of lost key enquiries. Read on to discover some of the most common questions we receive.

1. How do I know what key to order?

It can be hard to establish what key you need when it’s not sitting right in front of you. Luckily, if you are unsure of what key to order, our ‘how to identify the right key’ guide will help you out. This step by step guide will take you through a series of questions, resulting in finding the exact model you need from our stock.

2. How long will it take to replace my car keys?

The time that it takes to replace your car keys will entirely depend on who you are in contact with. As a rule of thumb, key cutters will provide the shortest turnaround time, as they will have the resources on site. When it comes to insurance providers and local garages, it will take longer to replace your car keys, as third parties are likely to be used.

Here at Fast Keys, the majority of orders will arrive the following working day.

3. Can I order replacement keys online?

Yes - you can order replacement keys online! In fact, 50% of our orders are now processed online, proving just how effortless the whole process truly is. Simply use our search function to find your specific key and order it safely and securely.

Getting Your Car Key Replacement Really Is That Simple!

You do not need to go into a state of panic when you lose your car key - simply follow these steps and you’ll have a replacement one in no time! Browse our wide selection of car keys online or give us a call on 01268 562592 for more information.

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5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Valuables Safe at Home

No one should feel unsafe in their own home, but if you don’t take precautions to protect your belongings, burglars and intruders may target you.

Luckily, there are measures you can take to protect your belongings from theft, and many of them are both easy and inexpensive to install. Here are 5 simple ways to keep your valuables safe at home.

1. Check Your Door Locks and Furniture Locks

One of the easiest, but often overlooked, ways of keeping your valuables safe at home is by ensuring that your locking systems are as secure as they can be.

You will often find that insurance companies will only insure your home if you have a specific type of locking system in place. In the UK, one of the most favourite locks amongst insurance companies is the British Standard lock. These locks are considered to be ‘thief-resistant’ locks, and they are installed onto front and back doors. Here at Fast Keys, we have British Standard locks ready to purchase both online and instore.



It’s not just the front and back doors that you need to consider installing with locks. If you keep valuable documents in your home, then it’s important to keep them safe via a locking system, too. Furniture such as filing cabinets, pedestals, desks and cabinets can all be fitted with Furniture Locks to ensure that confidential or expensive information remains safe.

2. Install Burglar Alarms

Using an alarm as an audible deterrent against burglary is a useful way of making your home as safe as possible.



As it stands, only 34% of homeowners have working burglar alarms. It doesn’t take long for a burglar to establish whether a home has a working alarm, so giving off the illusion that yours is switched on simply won’t be effective.

Installing an alarm box outside your home is both a visual and audible deterrent to burglars. Insurance companies can also advise you on the right system to have in place for your home – there are many to choose from, including those which alert monitoring centres or even those which alert you via your smartphone.

3. Put Valuables Out of Sight

Burglars are more likely to break into your home if they have seen your valuables sitting in plain sight. So, one of the easiest ways to protect what’s most important to you is by ensuring that you keep valuables out of clear view. From sentimental jewellery to expensive gadgets, make sure that the things you value most are put away when you know you won’t be at home.

One of the easiest ways to hide your valuables is by locking them in a home safe. Home safes are secured by either digital keypads or traditional key and locks; burglars will have a tough time accessing your valuables when such strong locking systems protect them!

To enhance your safe’s effectiveness, it’s worth getting it professionally installed so that thieves don’t consider stealing the whole system. Wall safes are a popular favourite, as picture frames or mirrors can hide them.

4. Don’t Overlook the Garage

Your home includes more than just what is inside those four walls – the belongings in garages and sheds are just as enticing for thieves. Garages are often a common entry point for burglars as, if they can’t initially get into your home, they may find tools in the garage which will aid the process.



Make it a habit to lock all the doors to these places and have strong locks fitted so that you can trust that your items will be secure. To add an extra layer of security, consider using padlocks to deter burglars even more so.

5. Make Use of Lights

If you know you’ll be out of your home for most of the day, or even away for several days on a trip, it’s a good idea to put your lights on a timer. Putting your lights on a timer gives off the impression that there is someone home. This will immediately put burglars off breaking into your property, as it’s not worth the risk if people are home.

It’s also a useful tip to install sensory lights outside your property. These lights will shine brightly if a burglar was to approach.

Be Worry-Free By Knowing That Your Home Is Safe

As the UK’s leading key specialists, we know just how important it is to keep your home security as strong as possible. With these 5 tips in mind, your valuables have a far higher chance of being kept safe at home.

Get in touch with us today if you would like more information on keeping your home safe. We offer a wide range of key and lock services, including swift key cutting.

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What Type of Door Locks Are Right for My Home?

A secure locking system is one of the most important parts of any property; for both security and insurance purposes. However, with many types of locks available, it can be hard to establish what one is right for your home.



The appropriate lock for your home is dependent on a few factors, including:

· Whether the door is internal or external
· The material the lock is being fitted to
· Whether the lock is being used alone or in conjunction with another

Within this guide, we’ll take you through the most common door locks you can buy, along with the uses of each one.

The Most Popular Types of Door Lock

Home safety is important, and it all starts with your locking system.

Just one look at our selection of door locks may be enough to overwhelm you; there are so many different types of locks available, all with their own benefits. To avoid wasting time and money on locks which may not be effective in your home, read on to discover which ones will cater to your needs the most.

Mortice Deadlocks

Mortice deadlocks are most commonly fitted to wooden doors and can be locked from both the inside and outside with a key. They are found to be most effective on external front and back doors, rather than internal doors.




Mortice deadlocks come with several lever options, but five-lever
mortice deadlocks are the most common as they are far more secure. However, remember that in order for your lock to be truly secure, it should conform to the British Standard Institutes lock standard of BS3621.

Euro Cylinder Locks

Euro Cylinder locks are commonly used externally on composite or uPVC doors. You will typically find a Euro Cylinder lock in modern homes or schools, as its an easy lock to operate and can be keyed alike for multiple key owners.



When fitted correctly, Euro Cylinder locks are extremely effective at preventing lock snapping or picking. The mechanics of Euro Cylinder locks are so advanced that even the most skilled of intruders wouldn’t bother wasting their time trying to pick it.

Multi-Point Locking Systems

Multi-point locking systems are commonly found on uPVC and composite doors, but they are also useful on French, timber and aluminium doors too.

Multi-point locks provide multiple locking points, making them more secure and harder for people to break into. As only one cylinder is needed to actually lock the mechanism, they can also be keyed alike with other cylinder locks, so fewer keys are needed for your home.

Nightlatch

Nightlatches, also referred to as deadlatches, are fitted to the inside of the door alongside a key locking cylinder.



The great thing about a Nightlatch is that it self-deadlocks when you close the door behind you, meaning it won’t be the end of the world if you forget to lock the door with a key. For extra protection, Nightlatches are usually accompanied by Mortice Locks or Rim Cylinders; especially when on timber or wooden doors.

Rim Cylinders

Rim Cylinder locks are part of the rim Nightlatch system – they are usually found on wooden or timber doors and are used as extra protection when leaving your home. All that you need to do is let the Nightlatch self-deadlock and then lock the rim cylinder with a key.



The design of rim cylinders hasn’t changed much over the years, but that just proves how reliable they have been since the very beginning. They come in a variety of sizes and lengths to suit your door and are incredibly easy to repair.

We highly recommend accompanying your rim cylinder with a nightlatch lock; otherwise, it may be easy for burglars to pick.

Find The Right Lock For Your Home

With so many types of locks available, it’s no surprise that finding the right one for your home can be quite overwhelming. With these most popular locks in mind, you should have a better understanding as to what will keep you safe.

If you would like more information on locking systems, do not hesitate to get in touch with us on 01268 562 562. We are the UK’s key and locks specialist and stock a huge range of door locks.

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