Cylinder Locks

Mortise Cylinders V.S. Rim Cylinders

There are a wide variety of different types of mortise locks and rim locks, found on both residential and commercial doors. It would be impossible to cover all of the different types of these locks and their variations also.

Numerous locks are frequently mistaken for possessing identical locking/security mechanisms.  There are many key features that can be identified from the exterior countenance of the specified lock that would allow you to recognize the type of lock/locking mechanism far before you pull the cylinder. For an experienced technician, this comes as second nature. However, for the common individual, learning such detail and technique would take time. We may make that an article for another day, but for now, we believe that it is crucial to discuss the important factors that come with selecting a lock, so you can be a knowledgeable customer and get the best security possible for your property.

Common door locks are comprised of a mortise cylinder and a rim cylinder. The top cylinder is what we like to call a “dummy lock”. In essence, it has no role in the operation of the standard lock. Since glass is often paired with such mechanisms, we can easily identify these locks due to the absence of a sight barrier.

Furthermore, when cross-bars line up with a bottom cylinder, we have a distinct indicator that the type of lock/operating mechanism is a rim cylinder coupled with a panic bar or rim lock.

Similarly, when the cylinder is located above the locking mechanism, the device is more often that not what we call a mortise cylinder; a lock which can otherwise be identified through the presence of only one singular cylinder as opposed to numerous

As our technicians are extremely knowledgeable and skilled in their specified field, we are often well-acquainted and experienced with the lock we are bound to service. However, if a situation would arise in which our technicians did not know what type of lock we are dealing with prior to removing the cylinder, that knowledge can easily be remediated following the extraction of the cylinder. Therefore, looking at the cylinder will quickly update us on the type of lock we are handling and what specific tools we should use to complete the job successfully and professionally- whether it be utilizing the angled or the straight end tools.

As stated above, there are two types of cylinder: the dark colored Mortise cylinder and the gold colored rim cylinder. Albeit, such cylinders may look close to identical from their exterior appearance, they possess significant differences. While the mortise cylinder has the threaded body to hold in place, the rim cylinder is different as it only has two mounting bolts joining a thin metal laminate on the door face. However, while these differences are important in controlling their function, the most significant differences lies in the mechanism in which they operate.

The mortise cylinder executes a “back-side rotation” as the key is turned, subsequently allowing the activation of release of the lock through the backside of the cam. The rim cylinder, on the other hand, is comprised of flathead screwdriver resembling stem, which is also ultimately rotated to activate the lock. To conclude, the mortise mechanism is located primarily on the lower interior of the door, while the rim mechanism is primarily located on the posterior of the respective door. While both commonly used, the differences of such security devices far outweigh their similarities.

A cylinder lock; is a lock constructed with a cylinder that a locksmith can easily unscrew to facilitate rekeying. The cylinder may contain any of a variety of locking mechanisms, including the pin tumbler lock, the wafer tumbler lock and the disc tumbler lock.

 Why Deadbolt Your Door Any Locksmith will tell you it is extremely important to deadbolt your front door. The first reason is that by dead bolting your door you make it a hundred times harder for an intruder to enter. The most basic lockouts for a locksmith are when the customer just let the door slam shut. The technique called shimming (discussed in the previous section) takes about 5 seconds, and that’s it, someone is in your home. The second and most important reason to have a deadbolt, (and use it), is that your front door looks way more imposing with an upper lock. Potential intruders look for weak targets; don’t give them one by dead bolting your door. For farther information and explanation call Locksmith Park Slope! Deadbolts or dead lock (also dead bolt), is a locking mechanism distinct from a spring bolt lock because a deadbolt cannot be moved to the open position except by rotating the lock cylinder. The more common spring bolt lock uses a spring to hold the bolt in place, allowing retraction by applying force to the bolt itself. A deadbolt can therefore make a door more resistant to entry without the correct key. A deadbolt is often used to complement a spring-bolt lock on an entry door to a building.

A dead bolt or dead lock (also deadbolt), is a locking mechanism distinct from a spring bolt lock because a deadbolt cannot be moved to the open position except by rotating the lock cylinder.

A mortise lock

A mortise lock is one that needs a pocket—the mortise—to be cut into the entryway or bit of furniture into which the lock is to be fitted. In most parts of the globe, mortise locks are usually recognized on more seasoned structures built after the coming of dragged round and hollow locks, yet they have freshly come to be more normal in business and upmarket private development in the United States. They are broadly utilized on all a really long time of local lands in Europe.

The parts incorporated in the run of the mill mortise lock introduction are the lock figure (the part commissioned within the mortise remove in the entryway); the lock trim (which might be chosen from any number of outlines of doorknobs, levers, handle sets and pulls); a strike plate, or a crate keep, which lines the gap in the casing into which the jolt fits; and the keyed barrel which manages the locking/unlocking capacity of the lock form.

The establishment of a mortise lock wouldn’t be able to usually be undertaken by the normal mortgage holder on account of it is work escalated and needs a working learning of essential carpentry devices and strategies. Countless establishment authorities use a mortising dance which makes exact curtailing of the pocket a basic operation, however the ensuing instatement of the outside trim can even now demonstrate tricky if the installer is unpracticed.

Even though the instatement of a mortise bolt really debilitates the structure of the normal timber entryway, it is stronger and more adaptable than a dragged round and hollow bolt, both in outer trim, and practicality. Though the recent component fails to offer the structural engineering needed for elaborate and unyielding-throws handles and levers, the mortise lock can oblige a heavier profit spring and a more strong inner component, making its utilize conceivable. A mortise bolt ordinarily affirms an extensive variety of different makers’ chambers and frill, permitting building congruity with lock fittings as of now on hand.