4 Common Locks And How To Identify Them

Are you having trouble locking a door in your home? Trying to find a fix online? Not sure what to type? Have a look through this article where we show you 4 common locks and how to identify them.

1. The Euro Cylinder

Also know as the pin and tumbler lock. These come in many shapes and sizes but most common in the UK is the euro profile cylinder. You would find these on UPVC doors.

They come with various security features like anti snap, anti pick and anti drill. With patents dating as far back as the 18th century the design is the most popular lock type all over the world. A popular feature with these locks is the thumb turner. A feature which lets you lock from the inside without a key. You would only need a key to lock and unlock from the outside. A useful feature that many people prefer today.

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4 Common Locks And How To Identify Them

2. Multi Point Locking System

You will find these locking systems in UPVC doors, composite doors and some wooden doors. It has a gearbox which is linked to a series of hooks or rollers that run up the inside of the door. They will lock into the door frame when the handle is operated. A euro cylinder would operate the the gearbox, locking the hooks or rollers in place. 
The most common fault with this type of lock is a gearbox failure. With so many small moving parts they can wear down over time. Multi point locking systems have been around for over 30 years.
4 Common Locks And How To Identify Them

If you are starting to have trouble locking your door, then it may be time to get a locksmith out to service it. The worst case scenario is that it fails when you are on your way home late at night. You could end up paying a lot more for the locksmith visit that’s out of hours compared to daytime prices.

3. Night Latch

You would find night latches on wooden doors. Referred to as yale locks sometimes, operated via a key on the outside and a latch on the inside. Some versions also allow you to use a key on the inside to lock instead of a switch. The lock barrel inside is typically referred to as a rim cylinder or rim lock. These are common with accidental lockouts. Once the door closes behind you it requires a key to get back in.

4 Common Locks And How To Identify Them
4 Common Locks And How To Identify Them

4. The Mortice Lock

There are many types of mortice locks. They come in all different shapes and sizes. One reason for that is because they have been around since the 18th century. Over time they have been refined and modernized to conform to British Standards. This gives the user greater reliability and variation to suit all needs.

The 2 most common mortice locks you will come across in the UK would be the sashlock and the deadlock. A sashlock will have a sprung latch on it which would be operated with the door handle.

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4 Common Locks And How To Identify Them
A deadlock, sometimes used as a secondary / back up lock will have a locking bolt on it. Unlike the sashlock which will have both a sprung latch and a locking bolt.

If you have read 4 Common Locks And How To Identify Them and think you may have a problem with one of your locks, give Champs Locksmiths Swansea a call today. Check out our Contact Us page and speak with a qualified local locksmith from your area.

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