Locksmiths, like any other trade, have certain terms they use. It is helpful for consumers to have a basic understanding of locksmith terms. Knowing what a locksmith is referring to will help decipher estimates and invoices.
Later, if there is an issue, knowing how to describe what the problem is by correctly identifying what parts are faulty will help the locksmith correct it in a more timely manner. Here are nine of the most common locksmith terms you may hear.
Locksmith Terms You Should Know
Bolts are the portion of locks that set into the shackle, strike plate or another guide to block entry.
In pin tumbler cylinders, there are upper and lower tumblers. The upper sets are drivers, and the bottom ones are called pins. Gunmetal, on the other hand, is another term for bronze.
Electric pick guns have metal needles inside that vibrate the pins of conventional tumbler locks to open them.
Graphite is the lubrication of choice for pin tumbler cylinders. Oil should never be used.
Hook bolts are common on sliding glass doors and are called such because of their hook shape.
Mortise, or mortice is a hole cut into a door to receive the latch of a lock of the same name.
Pre-assembled lock sets are those found in most hardware stores. These are designed to be installed into the pre-cut doors and jambs of homes. They are directly attached to the door, and no other assembly is required.
Finally, a slim jim is a slender piece of metal that slides between the window and door of an automobile to reach the lock mechanism. While newer vehicles have more advanced locking systems that may render slim jims obsolete, they are still helpful for older model cars and trucks.
There are many other locksmith terms, but these are some of the most common.
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