There are many different types of locks that a locksmith can work with and which they can help you with. When we think of locks we tend to think of the ones we are most familiar with that go on our front door and require a key to get into. However even these vary and as we will see there are lots of different residential locks that a locksmith must work with. Meanwhile though they will also deal with a large range of locks that look nothing like the locks that we are used to, or that we do encounter but don’t think of as needing locksmith services. Here we’ll look at some of the various different locks available which a locksmith will work with in residential settings and that we are likely to need their help with.
Cylinder lock: A cylinder lock is the lock that most of us have on our front and back door. They are highly suitable to external locks because they are strong and also have lots of different combinations making them hard to pick or to open using a skeleton key designed for opening multiple locks. These keys fit into small barrels that fit inside larger cylinders. These in turn contain many tiny metal pins that poke through the barrel and hold it in place. Once the key slides in, it pushes these out of the way so that the cylinder can be turned and the lock mechanism will be opened. These keys are recognisable as being round-handled with a single blade sticking out from the handle. Click this article for more.
Lever lock: A lever lock is the kind of lock you most likely have inside your interior doors. These are very secure but slightly less so than cylinder locks having marginally fewer combinations and being slightly less sturdy in their build. These keys are the ones that have the long neck and the blade jutting out 90 degrees at the end of this neck and a round handle on the other end.
Church lock: A church lock is so called because it is often used on church doors and on large gates. It is also often used indoors but on things like cupboards and drawers. Church keys are used in these areas because they only provide a very arbitrary level of security and are more a deterrent than a serious security solution. As such they are also fairly simple for a locksmith to work with who will be able to easily bypass them when they go wrong.
Padlocks: Believe it or not locksmiths can also help with padlocks whether they require a key or a combination and can open them without damaging the lock. With combination locks this is a matter of listening to the slight clicking noises made when a wheel fits into the correct slot, and special machinery can be used to speed up this process on larger locks.