Upgrade your cylinder- not your door!
May 8, 2014
As part of the National Home Security May Day campaign we will be offering tips and advice on DIY projects to make your home more secure. From cylinders to digital door locks and standalone alarms, we will provide step-by-step advice and ‘how to’ guides to help you improve the security of your home in time for summer.
Upgrading your Euro Profile cylinder is a very quick and easy DIY job. In fact, all you need is five minutes and a screwdriver! There’s no need to change the entire lock or door, as you simply need to replace your existing cylinder with a British Standard TS007 Kitemark approved cylinder.
TS007:2012 is the industry standard developed in response to concerns over cylinder attacks. The standard is characterised by a 3 star rating system, and can be achieved by combining a 1 star cylinder with a 2 star security door furniture, or using a stand-alone 3 star cylinder.
Yale’s AS Platinum Series Euro Cylinder offers the highest level of British Kitemarked TS007:2012 3 star security, and therefore does not require any additional door security furniture. It has four separate lines of defence, offering an unrivalled level of security that will deter even the most determined intruder.
How to fit a Euro Profile cylinder in five simple steps
Firstly, you will need to remove your door handle. To do this, open your door and unscrew the fixing screws, then pull each side of the handle away from the door and put in a safe place.
Next, remove the cylinder fixing screw, which is level with the bottom of your existing cylinder, then insert the key in the cylinder and turn to remove. If you find it difficult, twist the key slightly to align the cam with the door – this will ensure the cylinder slides out with ease.
You’ll need to measure the size of your existing cylinder by measuring the length of each half, to the centre of the cam. This will give you two measurements, for example – 60mm and 40mm. It is important to know which measurement is for the external side and which one is for the internal side – as the external side has the protection against attack.
Once you have your new cylinder, insert the key and align the cam with the centre of the cylinder then place into the lock. Again, you may need to twist the key slightly to ensure the cylinder slots into the lock. It’s important to remember that the Anti-Snap cylinder does have an external side and an internal side, so make sure that these are the correct way round.
Next, replace the cylinder screw and screw tightly to secure your new Anti-Snap cylinder in place. Check the cylinder is fitted correctly by lifting the handle and turning the key. Lastly, replace each side of the handle and fix back into place, then test the operation of the handle together with the lock to check it works correctly.
For more information on installing Yale’s AS Platinum Series Euro Cylinder take a look at the how to video at: www.yale.co.uk/en/yale/couk/How-To-Section/Mechanical/