Hi, guys. My name's Darrel and I'm head of the tech team here at LocksOnline.co.uk. Thanks for taking some time to tune in and have a look at one of our product review videos.
Now, what we're going to have a look at today is a new range of gear boxes that are available from a company called Advantis for multipoint locks and composite doors and UPVC doors that we're seeing coming into the market now. Ninety per cent of the time as to why a multipoint lock fails is because of the gear box. It doesn't necessarily mean to say the rest of the lock has failed; it's just purely the gear box in the centre that does all of the lifting and all the mechanism, etc. That's what normally ends up failing. So what we're finding is now it's far easier to sell the gear box that sits in the centre as opposed to actually selling the complete locking mechanism. And in turn, hey, it's going to save you a couple of quid, too, so that's quite important.
Now this particular range is an Advantis range, it's quite new on the market. Now if you've got this particular type of lock fitted into your door you need to look at some key identifiers and we've actually got the multipoint lock sitting by the side of us here. So this is the actual multipoint lock. Now there are no markings on the front of this lock whatsoever so there's no real way of you being able to determine by name whether or not you have an Advantis listed on your doo. But there are some markings that we can actually do that will give you some sort of information. For an example, if you notice here, the latch actually sits below the deadbolt. That's quite a giveaway; there are only one or two other manufacturers that do that, so that tunes it down a little bit further.
Also as well is it's got this whole back facility here on this little black snip. If I was to try and push that in at the same time push that out, I've now got the ability to hold back that latch and that's unique. I haven't seen that sort of setup yet on any other locks so the chances are that if you've got that sort of setup on yours then you've got an Advantis multipoint lock in your door. Now, of course this is the complete assembly, that's not what we're really into today. What we're really looking at is the actual gear box itself. So I've put that down to one side.
Now this is the actual gear box. They come in two different sizes: they come in either a 35mm backset, that's from the kneading edge to the centre of the keyhole, 35mm backset; or they come in a 45mm backset, which you would find is more familiar with a composite or a multi or a wooden sort of door, a multipoint lock on a wooden door, etc. So 35 or 45. They also have two followers, as you can see there. They have a standard, which is 92 from there to there, and they also have this one here, which is 62 from the centre of the keyhole to there is 62 and 92 respectively.
Some other key identifiers for you as well is look at the serrations on the bolt here. Again, I've never seen this particular type of style on a deadbolt before and that's another key marker that this could be an Advantis lock. Also, look at the shape of the followers here. Again, that's pretty unique, again, to Advantis as well.
Now, the functionality of having these two followers is it allows you to have different features on the outside of the door compared to the inside. For an example, you may want to use the latching function like that of a typical Yale lock on a wooden door where you close the door and it would latch into position. You need a key then in which to get back in, so you put the key in, retain, pull the latch back and in you go. And, of course, that's with the holdback facility and allows that functionality to happen exactly the same as a traditional wooden door sort of lock.
The actual changing of the actual handing of these is quite simple: you just undo the screw there, you take this off, turn it around and you can drop it back in. So even though this might come with that, this particular handing, it may be different if you turn it around.
So there you go, guys. This is a new range that you're starting to see in the UK. It's called the Advantis, available on locksonline.co.uk. But listen, if there's something that I haven't mentioned that you think, "Oh, I just need to know that measurement" or, "I'm not 100% sure" no problem at all. Pop on the phone, give us a call, use our live chat, it's totally free on our website, or just pop an email over. Either way, we'd love to hear from you and, more importantly, we'd love to see as a customer, thank you. So from me, Darrel, and all of us here at the LocksOnline team, take care and catch up with you real soon. Take care now, bye-bye.