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Creating A Fun, Safe Garden For Your Children

As the mum of five young children, I know how important it is to have access to a safe outdoor space for your children to play. Being cooped up in the house all day isn't good for the kids or the parents, but you also can't let young kids play in a space that's hazardous. When we bought our new family home, there was a lot of work to do in the garden to make it childproof, and we also wanted to make it a fun place for the kids to play. We erected a new fence, fitted a combination lock on the garden gate, had poisonous plants removed, cordoned off the pool and created a play area complete with swings, a slide and outdoor games. I started this blog to share my DIY gardening tips, and I hope you find it interesting and useful.



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A Look at Some Common Car Door Lock Issues and How They Can Be Fixed

by Darlene Jenkins

The power locks on your car's door are built to be pretty reliable, but they can act up. There are many reasons why this may happen, but some are more common than others. Here is a look at a couple of reasons why your auto door locks may not function properly as well as some possible ways to unlock the problem.

Frozen locks

If you insert your car keys in the keyhole and they do not turn to open the door locks, this is a sign that your locks may be frozen. It is not uncommon for locks to get frozen in or just after the winter spell because the harsh cold weather: somehow, the biting cold finds its way into the interiors of your locks and forms ice there. To fix the problem, you will need to melt the ice.

You can spray a commercial de-icer into the locks and wait for a few minutes for the ice to unfreeze. Alternatively, you can heat up the tip of the key using a lighter before inserting it into the keyhole and trying to turn the locks open. This may not work at the first attempt so you should be ready to repeat the process a couple of times until your lock is unlocked. To prevent your locks freezing up in the first place, you should find a warm spot to park your car during wintertime and also ensure your locks are lubricated with a high-quality lubricant.

Bad door lock solenoid

If a single door lock does not work or it only works either to lock or unlock your door but not both, it is most likely the door lock solenoid/actuator is the cause of the problem. The solenoid comprises a motor, gears and a cable, which moves up and down to close and open the door locks. If there is a worn mechanical linkage in the solenoid, your lock will not work. In order to have the solenoid replaced, you will need to remove the car door panel. Make sure to disconnect the battery before starting to remove the door panel because there are electrical connections to the panel. Since each door has its own actuator, repair work is generally confined to a single door.

Bad door lock switch 

If it so happens that all locks work only to lock or unlock your doors but they can't perform both actions, the source of the problem is most likely a faulty door lock switch. The repair will involve accessing the interior door panel assembly where the switch is located. It could be that a loose connection is causing the switch not to work properly.