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Different types of unique locks

12/22/2013 Back To Blog

Presently, there are numerous types of locks found in both residential and commercial areas. There are the simple locks like the lever handle and deadbolt, and there are the more sophisticated locks like wall mounted locks and Interchangeable Core cylinders. No one can deny their effectiveness in security, but there are some locks that may seem new to most people. Here is some information on these unique looking locks, including their special features, which may be of some use to you if you ever come across an unfamiliar looking lock.

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* Euro profile cylinders, as the name suggests, are often used in locking devices in Europe, though they can be found in other countries like the United States. Sometimes known as DIN cylinders, they come in different varieties: single cylinder, double cylinder, and a single cylinder with a thumbturn.  Its exterior varies in length, but the rest of its dimensions are standard. This type of lock is held in place by a screw that runs through the middle of the cylinder, and the lock itself can easily be snapped off if the length is not correct or if it is not reinforced enough.

* Vending/T-Handle locks are used in vending machines and other related applications. T-Handle locks are considered quite easy to replace because opening the device will have you actually pulling it out. These locks normally come in two different variants: a spring latch that allows re-locking without a key, and a dead latch that needs a key in order to re-lock.

* Key In Knob cylinders are found inside most knobs levers and deadbolts, and are popular in OEM applications and glass doors. These KIK cylinders are hidden inside the lock itself, only revealing its circular face. One thing to note about this type of cylinder is that while they all look similar, there are in fact no standard specifications to their design, which makes replacing it with a different brand rather difficult. KIK cylinders can also have different sizes and style tails on the rear of the lock; floating tails can be rotated to a certain degree without touching the cylinder, while fixed tails rotate both the tailpiece and cylinder.

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