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Locks and Locksmiths

All about locks and locksmiths. Need some information on the different kinds of locks and security hardware for your home? Want to know what a mortise lock is? Trying to decide if you should rekey your locks or replace them? Our experts have put together some great information that will answer your questions about locks and locksmiths.

A bump key is a filed-down key that is used to open pin-tumbler locks. While locksmiths use bump keys to open locks that have been accidentally locked from the outside, criminals also use bump keys to break into homes, mailboxes, vehicles, and bike locks. Any cylinder lock is a target for a bump key and...

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There are three main types of locks. Choosing the best bike lock is an individual choice based on three factors: The rate of crime in the area you are in. If bikes are stolen every day, it means there are criminals that are good at stealing bikes. You need extra protection. Is your bike outside...

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Burglars select the easiest target and will simply move on to the next house if confronted with a quality deadbolt. A high quality deadbolt serves as a deterrent. Thieves also look for outside entryways that offer the least chance of being seen. Rear entry doors and doors between attached garages and the home should have...

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As opposed to the old fashioned kind that used to grace the handle of your dad’s junior high gym locker or secure a bike to the bike rack at school, today’s well designed combination locks come in many different shapes, sizes, colors and strengths. By definition, a combination lock will open only when the dial...

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The Random House Dictionary defines a lock quite simply as: "A device for securing a gate, lid, door or drawer… consisting of a bolt or system of bolts, propelled or withdrawn by a mechanism operated by a key or dial." That really sums it up and makes it clear that regardless of what you’re trying...

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