As a professional locksmith, you’re bound to come across locks you’ve never seen before. The more experience you gain, the quicker you’ll be able to determine how best to unlock or replace the locks that you find without frustrating your customers. Here are six common locks you should be able to recognize when you’re on the job.
The lock you see on a doorknob is one of the most common locks that can usually just be turned. If it’s stuck, it might call for some oil or other lubricating solution. However, these locks are most often used for interior doors – leading to the bathroom or bedroom in a home or a storage closet at the office. But since they are easy to lock and unlock, that means they aren’t suitable for exterior doors or anywhere that requires higher security.
You’ll often see deadbolts paired with door knob locks. However, the addition of deadbolts can make entry doors more secure. Whether it’s a front door or a side door, you’ll probably want to make sure that the deadbolt on it is not only functional but is in excellent condition too.
Padlocks are so iconic that they’re likely to be what you think of whenever someone says the word “lock.” They can be attached to whatever they are securing and just as easily removed, so they don’t present much hassle. Combination padlocks are most often used to secure lockers, such as the ones you’ll see in schools or at the gym. These locks need a code to enter, while the standard key-based padlock needs the correct key to open.
You’ll also see lever locks used on interior doors. Instead of a knob, however, there will be handle used to release the latch holding the lock in place. These lever locks can be opened with the right key, which makes them well-suited for entry doors to office spaces.
Mortise locks are another type of lock that professional locksmiths will encounter during an ordinary day. These are most often deployed on commercial properties with glass doors. Mortise locks are unique in that they need a different type of hardware to hold the door closed, which again, requires a specific key to unlock.
Unlike the other locks we’ve discussed, wall locks are much less common than their counterparts. But these locks are typically paired with a small cabinet or other concealed wall sconce to hold small items and keep them out of the way.
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