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What is a Deadbolt?

What is a Deadbolt?

Apr 20th 2018

A deadbolt is a lock bolt which can be moved to an open or closed position with either a key or by turning a knob. Deadbolts provide much higher security than standard locks which operate using spring latches, since these spring latch locks can be opened forcefully using keys or knifes. In most cases, deadbolts are used in conjunction with a spring latch lock for extra security. Deadbolts come with either a single cylinder or a double cylinder. The single cylinder deadbolts can be opened with a key from only one side, while a knob is required to operate it from the other side. The double cylinder deadbolts can be opened with a key from both sides. Double cylinder locks provide extra security than single cylinder locks, since the lock cannot be opened by force by twisting a knob. On the other hand, the double cylinder deadbolts can cause serious damage in the event of a fire, since it will require a key to open and allow people to escape. Deadbolts are genera … read more
What is a Key-in-Knob Cylinder? What is a Key-in-Lever Cylinder

What is a Key-in-Knob Cylinder? What is a Key-in-Lever Cylinder

Apr 20th 2018

The key-in-knob and key-in-lever cylinders go directly inside a door knob or door lever respectively. If you are putting your key inside the knob or lever of your lock, then chances are that you are inserting your key into a key-in-knob cylinder lock or a key-in-lever cylinder lock, depending on whether you have a door knob on the lock, or a door lever on the lock. These cylinders are also referred to as conventional cylinders and are mostly manufacturer specific, i.e. a cylinder made by a particular manufacturer cannot be put inside the lever or knob lock made by another manufacturer. They can also be keyed alike or master keyed, so that you can use one key to open many doors. Locks containing key-in-knob or lever cylinders are ideally suited for light weight applications, where usage is low, such as small stores, or residential purpose. Key-in-Knob Cylinder/Key-in-Lever Cylinder Parts The cylinder contains a set of pins, which if not aligned pro … read more

What are the Different kinds of Locks?

Apr 20th 2018

This blog will talk about all things locks. This includes answering your queries about the different kinds of locks. In the second part, we will try to answer your queries about what are the different categories of locks. Hopefully, at the end, you will have a better idea, before making a purchase. Please remember that you can always call our expert locksmiths for more information and guidance. We are there to help you.

Lock and Door Hardware Finishes

Apr 4th 2018

This article will explain to you in detail about Door Hardware Finishes, including answering your question "What are the Different types of Door Hardware Finishes?" There are two standards in the United States which have identified and defined door hardware finishes. The earlier standard is the United States Standard, developed by the Institute of Standards, and finishes in this standard are depicted as US10B, US26D etc. The  more recent standard has been defined by the Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) and is known as BHMA A156.18 Materials and Finishes. The BHMA Standard not only defines a finish, but maps it to its equivalent US Standard finish. The difference between the BHMA Standard and the US Standard is that the BHMA Standard take into account the base material over which the finish is applied. For example, while there are three BHMA Standard numbers for Satin Chromium Plating; BHMA 626 is Satin Chromium on brass or bronze, BHMA 652 is … read more
What Is a Rim Cylinder?

What Is a Rim Cylinder?

Posted by Jim McCarthy on Jan 20th 2018

A rim cylinder is a type of lock cylinder.Rim Cylinder Parts The rim cylinder houses a keyway or a Plug, in which a key can be inserted. The keyway of a lock is what allows the lock to only pass specific types of keys and this allows them to be keyed to an existing master key system, or just a simple Schlage key. There are many different keyways. Some keyways are restricted by the factory so that distribution of keys is Limited to the original owner of the key system.Different Keyways The rear of the cylinder has a tailpiece that is connected to the cylinder on one end and usually actuates some sort of a lock. It may be an Exit Device or it could be a Jimmyproof deadbolt or a rim lock. They are sometimes even used in night depositories, or unusual applications, since they're so universal. If the tailpiece is too long, it can be cut and shortened in length. The cylinder is pulled in from the back through screws which not only hold it in place, but also … read more