Everything You Need To Know About How Standard Locks Work

How Standard Locks Work

Whether you are simply curious to know how a lock works, you are planning to take some locksmiths classes and become a professional locksmith or your home has been recently broken into and you want to learn everything you can about beefing up home security, you've reached the right place.

As experts in the locksmithing field, we can tell you exactly how standard locks work, be it a cylinder, a mortise lock or an electronic lock.

How Cylinder Locks Work

Cylinder locks are also called pin tumbler locks and they are mostly used on deadbolts. They rely on different sized pins filled with springs that are meant to block the lock's turning system. Each pair of pins is located in a shaft that leads to the plugs' housing. The top springs maintain the pairs of pins in the right position inside the plugs. The lower pins are inserted into the plug when no key is used. The top pins are placed halfway inside the plug and the rest into the plug's housing. This is the standard position that prevents the pins from turning.

When the right key is used, the pins are pushed up to varying levels. This will enable you to open the door. Any attempt to use the wrong key will result in pushing the pins in such a manner so that the upper pins are partially inside the plug and partially in the housing.

The complete locking system is found in the interior of the cylinder, which makes its replacement a lot easier. No need to worry about having to buy a new door or cause damage to the bolt-on your home or car door locks.

How Combination Locks Work

The majority of combination locks rely on small wheels that have memorized the right combination that can get the lock to open the door. The set is called a wheel pack and the exact number of wheels part of a set is established by how many numbers are found in the combination. One wheel usually corresponds to one number. When the dial is turned, the spindle that is running through several wheels and the drive cam will engage the cam.

The drive cam features a drive pin that is attached to it. Once the cam starts to turn, the pin will reach a small tab found on the wheel fly. These wheel flies are located on each side of each wheel. The drive pin will start spinning a wheel until it will make contact with a wheel connected to it. The process will carry on until all wheels start to spin. Once the correct combination is dialed, all wheels and their adjacent notches will line up at the exact same level. A tiny metal bar attached to the lever will prevent a door from being opened if the right combination is not being used.

The metal bar will est on the wheels and block the bolt's path. This incredibly smart wheel pack design has been in use for almost a century and we suspect it will not go anyway anytime soon. If you are looking for some classical lock mechanisms that are reliable and easy to use, get in touch with us and let us install a combination lock for you on the spot.

How Mortise Locks Work

Mortise locks use were first mentioned in the Old Testament and they were made of wood, large in size and designed extremely simple. Their current functioning mechanism continues to rely on the simple concept of the original ancient design, with lots of modern-day improvements. A correctly installed and sturdy mortise lock can be used for decades before you will have any problems with it. If you are running a business and you need to beef up the protection of your commercial space, be it a small shop or an entire office building, a mortise lock is a good alternative.

Mortise locks work with the help of pockets that are cut into a door, with the lock case installed inside. They consist of deadbolts and latch bolts placed inside a lock case and they are some of the most common recommendations issued by professional locksmiths since they are some of the safest options on the market. If you need help fitting a mortise lock on your door, or you need help with fixing such a lock, give us a call. The Get-Locksmith team specializes in working with all types of commercial locks.

How Do Electronic Locks Work?

Electronic locks require the use of electrical power in order to work. These locks can either use combination locks together with a door or they can simply rely on code instead. An electronic lock can be tied to a building's security wiring or a smartphone or it can run using a battery. It all depends on your personal choice and the type of convenience and protection you are looking for.

These locks are particularly appreciated during recent years as they are good substitutes for classical locks that are more vulnerable in the hands of potential crooks. They are more difficult to pick and they will normally sound an alarm once a forced entry attempt is identified. Trying to introduce the wrong combination code one too many times will also enable the alarm to go off. These locks are usually found in office buildings, warehouses, commercial businesses, but they can also be successfully used by residential consumers.

Feel free to get in touch with us no matter if you need to install or fix a standard cylinder, mortise, combination or electronic lock. We are fast, affordable and provide top services every time!