MECHANICAL SAFE LOCKS – Over the years eight different types of mechanical safe locks have been used by a variety of safe manufacturers. The similarities and differences between these locks are discussed.
ELECTRONIC SAFE LOCKS – Safe locks are divided into two categories: mechanical and electronic. Mechanical safe locks make use of wheels that must be correctly oriented by the use of a dial before the safe can be opened.
LOCKSET FUNCTIONS – Lever- and knobsets come with at least one of the following functions: passage, entrance, privacy, storeroom, classroom, classroom intruder, communicating, and institutional.
LOCK GRADES – The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), an accrediting body, and the Builders Hardware/Manufacturers Association (BHMA), a standards developer, together develop and publish performance standards for builders hardware, including, but not limited to, locksets.
WHY CAN’T I GET MY KEY COPIED? – If you are having trouble getting your key copied at your preferred superstore or local hardware store it is probably because you have an I/C key, a locksmith-only key, a high security key, a DND key, an old key, or
FALSE ADS BY “LOCKSMITHS” – The vast majority of those locksmith companies that advertise their services online write misleading ads in the best cases, and false ones in the worst. Below I discuss the seven most popular deceptions perpetrated by these companies on Google, Bing, and Yahoo.
WHY WON’T MY SAFE OPEN? – Depending on the make, model, and type of lock used, there are a number of different reasons for why your safe won’t open. In most cases, but not all, the opening and repairing of your safe will require hiring a certified safe technician or reputable locksmith with safe-work experience.