Hi, guys. My name's Darrel and I'm head of the tech team here at LocksOnline.co.uk. Thanks for taking some time to tune in and have a look at one of our product review videos.
Today we're talking about padlocks. More importantly, we're talking about FB padlocks, Fire Brigade padlocks. Let me give you a little bit of a history in regards to why Fire Brigades need padlocks. More importantly, the London Fire Brigades and the Metropolitan Fire Brigades use a range of padlocks that allow them to always carry a key in the event of an emergency. There may be a fire hydrant somewhere sealed within a building. There may be a dry riser somewhere that they need to switch on or somewhere where they need to get water in which to fight a fire.
Under normal circumstances, you want to keep those areas secured. You don't necessarily want every Tom, Dick and Harry to be able to walk into these particular areas and they accidentally set off a dry riser or something like that. At the same token, there may be a requirement also for you to have access or part of the building to have access to that particular area.
What the Metropolitan Fire Brigades have designed is a range of mortice locks, sash locks and padlocks that can be used that you can use but at the same token that they will always have a key for. It's important to be aware on all the ranges of FB types of locks, whether it be a padlock in this particular case or whether or not it be a mortice or a rim lock, they don't come with keys. You need to order they keys separately. That's well worth you knowing.
This particular padlock that I have here is available in two different types. The one that I have here is a bit more of an extensive one, is the one that actually comes with the chain. It's pretty obvious as to what you would want to use the chain for. Either A, you can use the chain to chain it yourself to sit things like that or, B, you may want to actually make sure that the padlock doesn't get lost by using the chain as part of the security, keeping the padlock on whatever you're trying to secure. Of course you could actually put it into the hasp there like that and there you go. You've got yourself your security in regards to having the chain complete.
As I've said before, it doesn't come with a key but this one uses a few in a range of keys. This is an FB1 padlock range and it's important to know it's the padlock version. This particular padlock also comes without a chain. You have a choice then of whether or not to have it with a chain or without a chain. The chain length is about 400mm long, as you can see there. It will go around most things if you have a gate or something like that or anywhere you want to stop the general public from gaining access to. What's quite distinctive on this padlock as well is, I don't know if you can zoom in there, but it's still made in the UK, which is good these days. That's well worth knowing.
Anyway, let me give you some measurements on this particular padlock to give you some sort of idea as to whether or not it will fit the bill for you. The body width that I measured from the back, because it's a little bit easier for me, is just a smidgen under 55mm, 54mm there. The case height, I'll measure to that centre pin there, that again there is 53mm. The actual shackle diameter, let me get a measurement on that, is just a smidgen under 8mm. Of course, you've got this weather protector here to stop any debris or whatever ingressing into the actual padlock itself.
For lubrication and maintenance, these use a lever system, which means that they're a lot more durable than a pin-tumbler version that is probably more common these days. They're still using the old-fashioned lever system. And because levers are a little bit bigger in regards to mechanics, they are a lot more durable when it comes to grit, dirt and interference. By all means, use a little bit of very, very light oil, maybe 3-in-1 or slightly less.
If you can get a silicone based product or a dry graphite based product, it might be better because the problem with wet types of petroleum, like WD40 etc., has a tendency to attract dirt, moisture, dust and so forth from the atmosphere. That actually age congeals as well, and actually creates a bit of a mess. If you're buying straight from it straight from afresh, get yourself a tin of silicone spray, ROCOL does a range of it or you can use it in regards to the marine applications. Give it a good spray of that and it will last you a long time.
I hope that by looking at this video it's been able to give you a little bit more of an informed decision, A, as to what FB locks are and, B, whether or not this particular padlock is suitable for your application. But if you need a bit more information or you want a bit more advice, by all means pick up the phone and give us a call. Use our live chat on our website. It's totally free. Or by all means, pop us over an email. We'd love to hear from you and, to be honest with you, we'd love to see you as a customer of ours. From me, Darrel, and all of us here at the LocksOnline team, thanks for tuning in and we'll catch up with you real soon now. Bye-bye.