Meryl and Marina
Our Lifestyle Blog

Five Things To Consider When Choosing Home Door Locks May 24, 2016

We believe it is important to make an informed choice when deciding which locks to install at your home. With the rapid growth of many cheap lock brands, price should probably not be the most important factor. After all, your door lock is at the forefront of the protection of your home and family every day. More and more homes are installing home cinema equipment that can be expensive to replace. So while there are a lot of different locksets available from small to huge retailers and it can be hard to make a choice, unless it is from an Aldi store where there might be just one option. After talking with a friend who is a locksmith in North Melbourne we agreed on these below tips.

  1. Double Cylinder Locks. For a long time now, the cylinder lock has been considered a good choice for homes in Australia. Many security experts have recommended double cylinder locksets due to the fact that they require a key for both entry and to exit your house. This prevents burglars from just breaking windows next to your door and then just reaching around to unlock from the inside.
  2. Deadbolt Is Still King. The good old deadbolt remains the most important piece of home locksets for any exterior door. You may also think about installing deadbolts on doors that join an attached garage. Research suggests that forty percent of burglaries also occur through first floor balcony doors, so a deadbolt on these doors should also be considered. Steel deadbolts with at least a one-inch throw is recommended. The trow is the section of the deadbolt that extends from the lock into the door frame. If you want the next level up, there are saw resistant deadbolts that spin if someone tries to cut through them.
  3. Make Sure The Striker Plate Is Strong Too. Some cheaper locksets may have a striker plate that is more decorative than protective. Its job is to secure your lockset to the frame of your door. Many security experts have mentioned that this is often the weakest point of some lock-sets and that burglars may target the striker plate with a crowbar or other object to try and break it. Heavy gauge metal strike plates that have four screws which should be about three inches long provide much more protection from someone trying to pry it away from your door frame.
  4. Maybe a digital lock. The technology of key-less locks is always improving and they can help beef up your security while also make life easier. A lot of burglars use tools like bump keys or pick traditional cylinder locks to access homes. So if there isn’t a keyhole to manipulate, then lock picking becomes impossible. Electric locks can include keypad locks, fingerprint scanners remote controlled locks and more. Just be sure to choose a reputable one that could even sync with other home controls or your smart phone. Some can be tough to crack though, even for experienced locksmiths, so don’t forget your access codes.
  5. Don’t Overlook Your Door. There isn’t a lot of sense in spending a lot of money on expensive home locks and then install a cheap or even hollow door. You have seen it in the movies time and again, the easiest and fastest way for someone to get into your home is to kick the front door in. So make sure that your door is strong enough to take a pounding. Buy solid doors and make sure any glass is very strong too.

Securing your assets is important and we hope this post helps you make a better decision when buying a locks for your new or existing home.

Comments Off on Five Things To Consider When Choosing Home Door Locks
Categories: Home Improvements

Fixing Emergency Electrical Faults in Melbourne February 18, 2015

MBE Electrical is a 24-hour, 7-days a week emergency electrician which visits residential and commercial properties throughout the bayside area of Melbourne.

A simply completed power crisis in Brighton:

The client (Vikram Jayaprakash) discovered an unprofessional electric craftsmanship from a different electrician who’d installed the electric security change entirely wrong, MBE was required to find the electric breakdown. The client was effective after attempting 6 additional emergency electrician business. MBE Electrical inquired and discovered under wrong dimensions security change and size cabling, inducing the security switch to vacation having lamps and no electricity.

Supplying the cost up-front in order to avoid any shocks in the ending, the client was satisfied with all the cost by operating on the power switchboard, and work began.

Without further ado all the wiring that was dangerous were removed, ensured all the energy to the switchboard was off although we were operating on the electric switchboard at night and changed all the faulty parts with best quality foreign approved electric protecting apparatus to bring back the energy along with re wire each of a bad cabling to secure cabling.

Result: Yet another Happy client

Comments Off on Fixing Emergency Electrical Faults in Melbourne

A vertical garden is just on the horizon February 16, 2014

I know that vertical gardens are all the landscape rage at the moment and have been for a few years, but I am right on the bandwagon. I have wanted a vertical garden ever since I first saw one, and I am so excited that I managed to get 02 Plant Walls to put the most gorgeous green wall in our garden.

Comments Off on A vertical garden is just on the horizon
Categories: Home Improvements

Display homes for sale in Mt Waverly January 26, 2014

We’ve just moved from the city to Mt. Waverly for a bit of extra space and a better lifestyle. Sienna Mt Waverly really tipped it for us as we’d been a bit indecisive on the whole thing. I loved my time in Fitzroy as it’s such a vibrant area but you just can’t compare how much further your money goes somewhere like the Sienna Mt Waverly.

Comments Off on Display homes for sale in Mt Waverly

Hydraulic Lift Tuffing it Out January 14, 2014

I am something of a machine nerd. I love a good set of bearings, lots of moving parts and as far as I’m concerned hydraulics are the last word in awesome. The idea of managing huge amounts of pressure and weight with smooth effortless fluidity, there’s just nothing sexier.

Comments Off on Hydraulic Lift Tuffing it Out

Experienced Essential Certifiers June 14, 2013

If you’re in Sydney and in need of building certifiers, I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Essential Certifiers. I have had many years experience with them and I find them to always be professional, knowledgeable, and with the companies many years of experience, you can truly feel confident.

They have experience in new homes, villas, townhouses, extensions, outdoor modifications and demolition.  They offer building inspections and planning advice and reporting and certification required throughout the entire building process. Ensure you’re building safely and securely and following relevant, up to date guidelines, with the help from Essential Certifiers.

Comments Off on Experienced Essential Certifiers
Categories: Home Improvements

Stylish Glass Pool Fencing June 12, 2013

Haven Fencing in Melbourne has recently completed installing stylish, stunning, modern glass pool fencing for our new home. I really wouldn’t share it online, if I wasn’t over the moon about this company.

Not only is the end result just as I hoped for – modern, stylish, complimentary, the service throughout the planning and installation stages were really second to none. I cannot complain. They were a friendly team, very knowledgeable and skilled and were always arriving on time and getting to work. Job well done Haven! If you’re after glass pool fencing in Melbourne (or any fencing for that matter) I would recommend Haven Fencing for sure.


Comments Off on Stylish Glass Pool Fencing
Categories: Home Improvements

Heatttttttttttttingggggggg! June 5, 2013

Hunt Heating has the best range of heating systems in Melbourne and is ready to service anyone in any area around the city. They have a comprehensive range that can be installed into your home within a matter of weeks! My cousins used Hunt Heating around three months ago to prepare their heating system for winter and when we went there two weeks later for dinner, they showed us how neatly and conveniently they installed the system. It wasn’t in the way, it was quiet and most importantly; it worked!

Kudos to Hunt Heating!

Comments Off on Heatttttttttttttingggggggg!
Categories: Home Improvements

Fancy showrooms in the heart of Melbourne

The All Type Kitchens showroom is one of the most elite kitchen showrooms Melbourne has ever seen. I was in shock when I walked in. It was absolutely unreal to see all these kitchen designs placed next to each other.

You walked into one modern design with exquisite kitchen wall tiles and walked out into another kitchen that had a touch of a European design. I loved how they set this up because it actually made you feel like you were in a proper kitchen and it gave you the feel of what kind of kitchen you’d like.

My partner and I looked at each other and we both had a big smile because we knew that our kitchen design dream wasn’t far away.

Comments Off on Fancy showrooms in the heart of Melbourne
Categories: Home Improvements