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03 May

Outside security advice

I'll be honest, I've had this blog ready for the last 2 months as it was due to start "Well, the weather's improving and Spring is here",  but following the freezing temperatures and the hail, sleet and snow of late April, it's just never seemed the right time.  But now we're in May and, touch wood, the wintry showers may be behind us, and with a promised heat wave upcoming, I thought I'd take the risk of posting it.

A seasonal problem for this time of year is that people see summer on the horizon and take the opportunity to buy new garden furniture, tools, barbecues, or even garden swings and slides for the children. Many of us will also take on DIY projects, although few will finish them (Fine, I'll get those gutters cleared out ONE DAY) and will invest in new ladders or equipment to help.

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09 April

History of locks, part 5

As if by magic, the clocks have gone forward, the evenings are getting lighter, and the temperature is finally getting warmer. And as if that isn't enough good news for one paragraph, there's also the matter of the fifth and final of my blogs looking back on the history of locks. If you need to catch up on the previous four they're still on this site over the last few months, so check them out for the story so far. But today we reach the thrilling denouement, and rest assured, that unlike in Dallas it won't all have turned out to be a dream. Although you may wish it had been. 

So to recap, we've investigated the Ancient Egyptians and Ancient Romans, we've looked at the innovations of Robert Barron and Jermiah Chubb; and we spent last month looking at Barnsley lad, Joseph Bramah. For this blog though, we'll whizz across the pond to the US and finish up our journey with the man who is arguably the name most associated with locks and keys today, nearly 200 years on from  his birth. Yes,  you may have guessed already - we're talking about Yale.

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03 March

History of locks, part 4

Spring is in the air (if you ignore the below-freezing March temperatures) and it's time for the fourth in my series looking at the history of locks and locksmiths. The previous three can all be found elsewhere on this site, dealing with the Ancient Egyptians and Romans, as well as 18th century lock innovations by the likes of Robert Barron and Jermiah Chubb. However, this month we're going to concentrate even closer to home, looking at Barnsley lad, Joesph Bramah, one of the most important individuals in lock history.

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07 February

History of locks, part 3

Valentine's Day is on the horizon and I can't think of any better way than to celebrate this fact than with the third in my series of blogs looking at the history of the development of locks. In fact, and here's a free tip for you, why not print out the story so far from December and January, along with today's entry, and read them all to your loved one on Valentine's Day morning as the ultimate romantic gesture. I imagine your luck will be in for the rest of February. No need to thank me, really. 

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10 January

History of locks, part 2

It’s 2016, and what better way to start off the New Year than to continue on from last month’s jaunt through the history of locks? That’s a rhetorical question, by the way, so there’s no need to collar me on the street and start telling me the wide and varied ways of starting the New Year that would be better than this. Instead we’ll just assume there is no more preferable option than reading a continuation of the time line of lock invention and move on.

So, where did we leave the story last month? I guess we should do some sort of “Previously on 24...” catch up, but I’m pretty sure last month’s blog is forever etched in your memory and that your every thought over the Christmas period was devoted towards Ancient Egyptian locks. Which, believe me, would still have been many times preferable to watching the never ending episodes of Mrs Brown’s Boys that infiltrated the TV schedules like a particularly insidious virus.

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12 December

History of locks, part 1

I was driving between jobs the other day, listening to the heady mix of traffic reports, phone-ins, and bizarre adverts that you only find on local radio, when a song came on that transported me back to 1985. Not literally, fortunately, as otherwise I'd have been breaking the law driving the van, but the strains of The Bangles singing Walk Like an Egyptian took me back to the time of a Tory Government, uncertain foreign affairs, and protests in the street. How things have changed, hey? 

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02 December

Tilt and slide door repairs in Barnsley

In the Barnsley area tilt and slide doors were a popular choice some years ago. Many of these doors have never received a service throughout this time. This has meant that some are becoming troublesome!

SF Locksmith are very experienced in dealing with the repair of tilt and slide doors in Barnsley and can offer you a great professional door service at a price that will be considerably less than replacing the door completely.

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15 November

Real world locksmith security advice in Barnsley

As a locksmith, my prime concern is with security of the physical variety - locks, bolts, doors, windows, fittings and the like. However, today I'll be going a little off piste, with a nod towards the subject of online security. This was sparked off by the TalkTalk data breach that has been all over the news recently, but mainly about potentially compromising posts I've seen on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites

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11 October

Security tips in Barnsley

In the spirit of the time of year, and also with a nod to the BBC's current poetry season, cast your minds back to school when you may have been forced to study/enjoy (delete as appropriate) the poem, Ode to Autumn, by John Keats. Most of it now escapes my memory, lost in the distant past, but I do still remember the first line which went: 'Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness' sounds good, doesn't it, and even to me, a non-poetry loving locksmith, it really invokes the atmosphere of this season. However, also as a non-poetry loving locksmith, I see another , less evoking side to Autumn, as the nights draw in and the evenings becomes progressively shorter. To represent this not-so-glorious side of the season, I've come up with my own alternative first line (with many apologies to Keats.).

'Season of thefts and callous lawlessness'

Okay, you can probably see why poetry's loss was locksmithery's gain, and, truth be told, it was unlikely I was ever going to be called on to be Poet Laureate, but despite all that, there is also a reality contained  within those clumsily edited words. For burglars love this time of year, stretching from now until Spring. Shorter days, longer nights - the cloak of darkness is one of their greatest accomplices, for them to carry out their thefts and lawlessness. So here's a seasonal reminder of things you can do to try to ensure you're not the one ending up reciting a bloody awful homage to Keats.

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19 July

Garden shed security advice

It's been a funny few weeks here in Yorkshire with the most extraordinary happenings taking place. The de-icer is no longer required on my van windscreen, the heating bills have dropped, and a mysterious fireball can frequently be seen overhead. Not to mention the blankets coming off the bed, and windows opening all over Doncaster. Yes, without wanting to put the mockers on it, it seems that we may finally be in the midst of a British summer.

As with most things in life though, you have to take the rough with the smooth. Yes, we'll save on heating, perhaps we'll plan a trip away, and of course we can spend the evenings cheering on a British tennis player at Wimbledon until his inevitable exit at the hands of a Swiss or Serbian in the semi finals (delete as applicable here). But sadly the warmer weather brings with it other uninvited effects that are less than ideal. And I'm not just talking about the wasps and mosquitoes, God bless them all, or the questionable clothing choices made by some amongst us. 

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