Today, we were called to Newlyn to get the front door of the Seafood Training room open. The mortice Sashlock with a rollerbolt latch had failed and no amount of persuasion was going to help.
We identified the lock and set about drilling it in order to be able to manually drag the bolt back and get the door open.
For a locksmith this is a daily task and for the majority of the time it is a relatively easy job, however, there are times that it does not go quite as smoothly.
If your lock fails whilst in the locked position, we definitely recommend that you contact a locksmith and definitely do not try to undertake this sort of job yourself.
There are pitfalls and examples of this are shown in the gallery below, for instance, if you identify the lock incorrectly, then you will not know where to drill or how deep to drill. Should you drill in the wrong place or to the wrong depth, then you can cause yourself some major problems and the chance of getting the door open without causing a lot of damage to the door is unlikely.
As for the Seafood Training Cornwall job, once the bolt was pulled back, we got the door open and replaced the failed lock with a new one of the same type