Introductory Locksmithing: Lock Functions

2018-10-14T10:18:32+00:00 September 6th, 2018|All, Cylindrical and Tubular, Introductory Locksmithing, Locks, Mortise|

Introduction Locks come in a variety of shapes, sizes, finishes, backsets, etc. These features were implemented to fill needs. Lock functions too were designed to fill needs. Situations exist where a door should always be locked, when it should never be locked, or when it should do X or Y. Locks with a variety of functions were and are therefore necessary to meet the needs of [...]

Introductory Locksmithing: Decoding Keys

2018-08-21T15:24:04+00:00 August 20th, 2018|All, Cores and Cylinders, Introductory Locksmithing, Keys|

Introduction Examples abound of instances where you must decode a key in the field or in your shop. At its most basic level you may simply want the bitting from a key. You may need to decode a key to determine which key bitting specification it uses so that you know how to pin cylinders or cut additional keys to match the manufacturer’s requirements. Whatever the case [...]