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Another Venerable Product …

… seems to bite the dust. I’m no longer recommending the SC71, “Ingersoll” lock. A few years ago it might have been exceptionally expensive but it was exceptionally good. Then build quality slipped a bit. I replaced one the other

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Avoiding Snapped And Broken Keys

When a rim cylinder key – a “Yale” key – has a deep cut near the shoulder, it can snap off if you’re not careful. The valleys in your pointy-toothed flat key match pins in the lock cylinder. The pins

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Loose Locks Spell Trouble

If a lock is getting more and more wobbly, it really should be attended to. A typical Yale rim lock only has two titchy little screws appearing to hold it on. That because they hold the lock onto a couple

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Snibs

One of the commonest calls is, “My latch key turns a little bit but then stops.” If it’s a Yale latch lock and it’s on the right-hand side of the door, then a loose snib might just have fallen down

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Your Snib And The Dog

“Snib” is a more correct term for what is often known as the latch button on a latch lock. A latch lock is the kind that can slam shut behind you, locking you out. Usually when you’ve decided to nip

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It’s Your Money They’re Wasting

My goodness, there are some stupendously incompetent cowboys about. Yale’s top-end domestice rimlatch is the PBS. It’s British Standard rated. That’s not easy to achieve in a rimlatch. Yale have gone to a lot of trouble to make it strong

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Dropped Snib

What is a dropped snib? Is it one of the many ailments that torment us over-fifties? Snib or holdback are the correct terms for the part of a lock that stops a door latching behind you as you pop out

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Lock Terminology

Even one of the locksmith bulletin boards I’m on can’t get this one right! A rim lock is one that is fixed to the inside face of the door. (Although it would not surprise me if one of the national

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