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08 February 2013 @ 10:21 pm
Household expense.  
Day off today! Had to get some window security screens installed - since the rear deck was installed these previously inaccessible windows are now easily accessible so they needed either keyed window locks or security screens so as not to void my insurance cover. While they all had keyed locks, I didn't have keys for any of them which rendered them fairly useless.

Bathroom and spare room screens went in without a hitch but the kitchen was a different matter entirely. There was a keyed lock on the window, at the very top, which prevented the window from being lifted out of its frame. The screens are fitted from the inside so that window had to come out. Couldn't remove the lock, though, because it was fitted with one-way screws which took a special tool to remove,and of course neither I nor the screen installer had that tool.

I had to call a locksmith out to remove the lock so I took advantage and had him cut a key for the lock on the dining room window as well. That window was locked in position and as there was no key here when I bought this house, it hasn't been opened in all that time. It's never been a problem; it's a long drop from the window to the ground so I didn't want it open in case a cat went after a bird or something. But I figured if I'm having screens on all the other windows I may as well get one on that as well, plus a security sliding screen on the big door downstairs.

Finally I had him remove the lock from the window in the back bedroom; once again without a security screen before I'd been reluctant to leave it open, but then once the screen went up today I discovered that I couldn't open it too far anyway because the lock bumped up against the cat's hammock that's affixed to the windowsill. God forbid I disturb the hammock! Bodie likes to sit on it and watch the birds at the bird bath outside.

New screen and door should be ready in about a fortnight. Then I'll need to get something done about my front guttering which is starting to sag. One thing after another!

Anyway. Not thinking about any of that tonight. Just got home after dinner with friends from work; I have a glass of wine alongside and two cats on the sofa with me. Nowhere I would rather be.
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Strike while the irony is hot: [FANDOM] PROS DOYLE BEAUTYdraycevixen on February 9th, 2013 12:35 am (UTC)

Sounds like a lot of nice changes at your house which I'm sure you'll enjoy once it's all done. But, like you say, when you own a house it's never done is it?

I'm glad you've had such a lovely relaxing evening.
miwahni: Pros Ray purgingmiwahni on February 9th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)
Never-ending money pit tbh. But it's worth it.
Merlin Pendragon: Hiver - are we there yet?mrlnpndrgn on February 10th, 2013 08:31 am (UTC)
I didn't know you needed locks on your windows.

Is it an obligation from your insurance company, or do you get a rebate if you have them?

I used to work for an insurance company, and I never heard that they demanded this kind of thing.



miwahni: MFU  Fascinatingmiwahni on February 10th, 2013 08:46 am (UTC)
It's not a demand as such, but one of the questions you are asked when you take out a policy is "Do you have keyed window locks / security screens / grilles on all accessible windows?" If you answer "yes" then your contents insurance premium is a lot cheaper. The windows across the back of my house were not accessible when I first took out my contents insurance so they didn't need any security measures; since adding a rear deck the windows have become accessible so in order to maintain my premium amount and not void my policy I had to do something about that. Otherwise if I was broken into then the company could refuse to pay out.
Merlin Pendragonmrlnpndrgn on February 10th, 2013 08:49 am (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation.
I was curious as I don't think we have that here.
But then, our windows are usually closed (at least during the winter!) ;-)
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on February 10th, 2013 09:57 am (UTC)
Mine too, during winter. But in summer I tend to leave the front windows open 24/7, and at night I leave the doors open too, just locking the security screen doors. I love to have fresh air through the house.