Take the pain out of replacing your locks with Locks Online
Its inevitable that at some point in our lives we are going to have to change the locks in our home or workplace, while the thought of this may be an unenviable and potentially expensive task I am here to talk you through this process with a few simple steps to give you the knowledge and confidence to save a bit of money and do it all yourself.
To focus for a moment we are going to look at how difficult it is to replace just the lock cylinder in your door. A lock cylinder is the barrel that you put your key into in either your front or back door. At first glance you may think that this is all part of one piece but you would be wrong! In modern uPVC and wooden exterior doors there are two main components to the locking system.
The first is the lock case, this is the part of the lock that is hidden inside the door and contains your deadbolt and latch, or if you have a multipoint, hooks and rollers. The second part of this system is the lock cylinder that Im going to help you select today, the cylinder lock.
Now the first main advantage is that removing the cylinder from the door is quick, easy and typically requires only loosening a set screw at the doors edge. The second is that it is usually possible to obtain, from various lock manufacturers, cylinders in different formats that can all be used with the same type of key. This would then make it possible to have keyed-alike or master-keyed versions from a varied range of different style lock.
To select a new lock for your door you will need to know what shape profile the cylinder is. The two main types of lock are the Euro and Oval profile. These are illustrated below, the Oval is self explanatory and the Euro looks like a giant keyhole!
You know need to know what length cylinder you need, you can find this out by measuring the thickness of your door, dont forget to include the distance thickness of the handle back-plate if you have one! Lock cylinder measurements usually come in an X+X format, the X being the length of one half of the cylinder. So say you have your measurement of a total thickness of 60mm, if your lock case is fitted dead center in the door the cylinder will be symmetrical and the size you need would be a 30+30, you get it? Simples!
If high security is what youre after then keep reading. When replacing your locks its worth thinking about what level of security you want to maintain, a cheap 5 pin cylinder may fit the bill but for those of us who want a bit more peace of mind then spare a thought for the Locks Online range of EPS cylinders. Its a 6 pin, anti-snap, anti-bump, anti-pick, high security cylinder that only you will have authorization to obtain replacement keys!
Thanks for reading!
Sam Ryder - LocksOnline