Entrance door lock

Lockwood 3572 Vestibule lock

Lockwood 3572 Vestibule lock

Lockwood 3572  Review

The Lockwood 3572 mortise lock is one of the most common lock found on apartment doors, government buildings, commercial premises and many other places in Brisbane.  I hope this helps explain a little about this lock

Supplied in a red box

Lockwood 3572 in boxThe Lockwood 3572 mortise lock body is sold  separate to handles, cylinder and turnsnibs.  They are sold separately simply because there are just so many options to choose from in design and function.

The lock body is diecast with a stainless steel latch bolt and a stainless steel deadlatching pin.

On the face of the body it has 2 screw holes for attaching the face plate and 2 holes for cylinder or adapter pins.

On each side of the lock it has a large cylinder hole and a square spindle hole. There are also a couple of adjustment holes and screws and holes for handle mounting

features

It might look like just any other lock, but the Lockwood 3572 has so many features that I am sure I will miss a few.


Lockwood 3572 latchLets start with the latch. The latch is made from stainless steel and attaches to the inside latch plate assembly via a 12mm rotating shaft.  The bolt can be rotated to suit either an inward or outward or opening door.  The face plate of the lock once fitted locks the latch into the set orientation.


The faceplate also holds the optional cylinder retainer pins in position.  The cylinder retaining pins are a tight push fit.  They are not threaded and require only slight pressure when inserting into a cylinder.

The top adjustment hole is for the “Kick Offf Function”.  The kick off function is not there to remind you when your favorite rugby team is playing.  What it does is “Kick Off” the locking function when the door is closed.  It is designed to stop people locking themselves out.

Lockwood 3572 adjust functionsThe lower adjustment hole is setable with a flat blade screwdriver.  Turning this setting screw will set the lock to have either an escape function where the lock is always free to open or it will make the lock handles lockable.  There is a setable escape function on both sides of the lock for the inside and outside handle.

The square spindle hole is separated in the centre by a dividing plate.  This allows the inside and outside handles to operate independently. So it is possible for the outside handle to be locked and the inside to be free to open the door.

The handle fitting holes are designed to match the various handle designs available to suit the Lockwood 3572.

That is about all the external features of this lock but in no where near explains the functions available.

Other lock options

Lockwood 3572 cylinder retainerThis is where this lock starts to get exceedingly interesting.

For example the locking cylinder comes in satin chrome, bright chrome and polished brass.  They can also be ordered in antique bronze and a whole range of special finishes.  The cylinder can also be an extended cylinder.  An extended cylinder comes in 50mm 62mm 78mm 86mm and 100mm and dont forget the standard 39mm cylinder.

Both the cylinder and snib adapter also have a range of different cams.  There is an X, W, Y, Z and M cam for the cylinders.  There is also a range of 6 different cams available for the snib adapter.  Of course these cams can be used in any combination on the door.  Making over 250 different functions available for this lock, just with cam and snib adapter alone.

Did I mention there is also a round cylinder available for this lock?  There are just so many options for this lock.

Of course there is also a rebated kit avaliable for double doors.

Lockwood 3572 locks and cylindersThen you have the range of high security lock cylinders and registered key systems that also are compatiable with this lock. Compatiable cylinders include Lockwood MT5, Lockwood’s Generation 6, Lockwood twin, bilock, Galaxy, series 6, Salto, Multi lock, MLA DC1, MLA LSGP, Binary Plus, Kaba Expert, Pextra, IP6, IP7, Abloy protec, Abloy protec 2, etc….

Wow there are so many compatible keying systems available with this lock. I cant even list ¼ of them!

Did I mention there is also a 3570 hold back cylinder?  I forget.  There are so many options and functions for this lock.

Handles

Lockwood Plate handle Lockwood Rose type handleSorry guys we’re not done yet.  I haven’t even mentioned the handle options!
Ok so I will try to be quick.

So the Lockwood handles comes in 2 main types.  There are handles with a plate extending the length of the lock covering the cylinder hole and the spindle, which is screwed on from the inside.  Then there is the Rose type handles and cylinder escutcheons. These come in 2 separate pieces for the handles and the cylinders.

The variety of handles, knobs, plates, escutcheons, is very large. There are commercial looking levers, plates to suit hospitals.  Modern designs to suit apartment doors, square designs.  Lockwood has a list of handle designs longer then your arm!

Finish

Lockwood 3572 face plate satin chromeThe finish of the 3572SC is brushed stainless steel.  The only part of the lock body visible is the plate on the edge of the door.  Of course the handles have so many options in colour and texture the finish will depend on what you require in a lock.  The lock cover plate and strike are mostly seen in satin chrome or polished brass.

ugly score

Is this lock ugly?
I have to give this lock a very low ugly score. Simply due to the number of handle options.  You can choose handles that are to your taste. If you do not like the way it looks you can simply change the handles to something more appropriate.

Fitting

Is the 3570 easy to fit?

Lockwood 3572 fitting templateOK, this is a mortise lock.  They are one of the most time consuming locks to install from scratch.  A large opening needs to be made in the edge of the door to install the lock.  Lockwood provides a template to help with installation and even part of the box folds out into a template to help with fitting the cylinder holes and handles.

Retrofitting

This lock is generally only fitted to a door where a very similar type of lock has been installed.  There are locks made by other manufacturers that use a very similar, if not identical hole pattern to the Lockwood 3570.  The Lockwood 3570 can replace mortise locks made by Gainsbrough, Dorma, Kaba and others.

Uses – types of doors

The Lockwood 3570 can be installed on just about any wooden door.  It can be used on fire escape doors as well as fire rated doors. It is fitted to many apartment doors for this reason.  The fire rating may depend on the type of door the lock is fitted to.  Many specialty fire doors are designed to use the Lockwood 3572 mortise lock.

It is used on commercial doors as well such as hospitals, shops, factories, storerooms, fire escapes and a whole lot more.  It is also fitted to doors in homes around Australia.

security

Lockwood 3572 turn snib adaptorAs there is such a wide range of cylinders for this lock, the security of the locking cylinder is very dependent on your choice.  A cheap non original cylinder might be very easy to bump or pick.  A high security on the other hand will make it almost impossible to pick the lock.

manipulating

The lock when fitted to the door has no points of access for manipulation.  The latch can not be slipped with a piece of plastic if fitted correctly due to the deadlatching pin.  The cylinder hole has no extra gaps for insertion of opening tools.

The type of handles used with this lock can make the lock more secure.  Generally the square plate furniture is recommended over the rose furniture.

If an escape function is used on the inside handle, this can on certain doors make the lock vulnerable to certain types of opening techniques.

A look inside

Lockwood 3572 inside viewAs complicated as this lock seems, it is actually quite minimalist in its design.  Other locks can have many more springs and small parts.
The lock has a die-cast body with mostly stainless steel parts.  The locking bolt mechanism which locks the handles I believe is die-cast although the end which actually contacts the handles hub is steel.  It is really their rather basic design which makes them relatively hassle free.

Reliability

Lockwood have been manufacturing this type of mortise lock for many years and they have a reputation of being one of the best mortise locks for good reason.  They are an extremely reliable lock.  They are very versatile, have a large array of functions and made heavy duty enough to operate on commercial doors.


As a replacement lock or a lock for a new building the Lockwood 3570 series is definitely a good choice.

Posted by arbus in Entrance door lock, fire door lock, lock review, locksmith Brisbane, Lockwood
Ikonic Entrance Lock Bunnings

Ikonic Entrance Lock Bunnings

Why wont my locksmith fit locks i bought from Bunnings?

We all love Bunnings Hardware and a lot of the products they sell are great quality.  Even a lot of their cheaper products are of good quality.   I have an Ozito cordless drill that has worked flawlessly for 2 years now.  Even though it was cheap, it has been a great product.

When it comes to security, buying a cheap lock from Bunnings is probably not the best idea.  Even though it is cheap and looks good on the outside, inside it might not be up to the job of protecting you, your family and your property.

The Ikonic entrance lock from Bunnings is a good example of a shiny looking lock that should not be fitted to an exterior door of a home for security.  This lock fails the most basic security requirements expected of a entrance lock set.  Even fitting this lock to an interior door in a house or apartment isn’t something i would recommend.

This post was inspired by a customer who had bought these locks from Bunnings and wanted us to fit them to his house.  In good conscience as a tradesman locksmith, I could not fit these locks to his home.   As these locks look very similar to locks of better quality, it is hard for a consumer to tell the difference.  Recommending to a customer to buy more expensive locks that look very similar, i am sure they sometimes think we are trying to up-sell them for no reason.

There are usually very good reasons for not recommending certain products.  The Ikonic entrance lock for example has a low quality locking cylinder and the handles can actually be pulled off with little force.   Comparing it to other similar entrance locks, there is no doubt this lock is a bad choice for security and safety.

But the lock has a three year warranty!  Yes it does!  The warranty is not the issue when it comes to security.  The damage that could be caused by this lock failing to stop a simple burglary vs a $10.50 warranty??  A burglary can cost 10’s of thousands of dollars!  Why take the risk buying a cheap lock at Bunnings?

I dont know of any trade qualified locksmiths that would give bad advise regarding the selection of suitable locks for your home or business.  If you are calling someone that is not a tradesman, then you might end up with a $10.50 lock on your door?  Actually with locks, it is not even a case of “You get what you pay for”.  There are some very expensive locks available at hardware shops that are of such poor quality, locksmiths scratch their head and wonder why they are even being sold.  Just because it is shiny and expensive, doesn’t always correlate to a quality security product.

Posted by arbus in Entrance door lock, lock bumping, Lock Products, lock review, locksmith Brisbane, news, unlock door
Commercial Latching Lock

Commercial Latching Lock

Self closing commercial or shop front door lock

Most commercial doors used in shop fronts in Brisbane use a standard design. They are glass doors with an aluminium frame. They contain toughened glass and made to withstand heavy traffic and the rigours of a commercial environment. A Lockwood lock specially designed for a shop front door is usually installed as standard.

Lockwood Commercial Door Latching Lock

The standard Lockwood lock used for a shop front door will have a lever handle on the inside with a oval key cylinder on the outside. When locked these locks throw a bolt up into the strike plate of the door jamb or in the case of double doors the locking bolt is locked into the opposite door.

The problem that is often faced with shop owners and commercial business is that these locks are either always open or in the locked position. You can not make these locks latch closed.

There is a Lockwood lock specially designed for shop front doors that solves this problem. This lock is designed with a latch bolt instead of a throw bolt. The latch bolt allows for the door to latch closed when the door is shut. Lockwood have designed this door lock to fit inside a commercial aluminium frame door and give security a shop or commercial premises requires.

The Lockwood commercial door latch can be used in a few different situations. It is possible to install the lock so it can be opened with handles on each side of the door or just with a key to unlock on the outside. It can even be installed with a hold back cylinder so that during opening hours the door is always free to push or pull open.

Commercial doors need to be compliant with local Brisbane fire codes and national standards for fire doors. The Lockwood commercial latching lock is generally fitted with an escape function to comply with fire escape legislation. The particular building specifications always need to be taken into account when choosing the locking function for the door.

This lock also comforms to Australian Standards AS4145.2-2008, AS4145.2-2008 and AS4145.2- 2008. Wich gives it a security level of SL8 with an anti-drill lock cylinder. A D8 level for durability and C6 anti-corrosion durability.

This latching lock can be fitted in place of the standard swing bolt lock. It can be fitted with a wide range of high security locking cylinders including Kaba, EVVA and Registered Key systems. It can also be keyed alike to other locks in the building or master keyed as required. It can also be used in conjunction with access control systems and push button code locks.

Posted by arbus in electronic security, Entrance door lock, lock latches, locks changed, locksmith Brisbane, Lockwood
Lockwood Lock West End

Lockwood Lock West End

Keys and Lockwood Deadlock fitted to aluminium door

Lockwood Deadlock fitted to Anodised Aluminum door

Lockwood Security suits this West End Property

Colour Matching and style are not something locksmiths are greatly known for. I just wanted to post a photo of the lock we fitted to this West End home. The home has Black anodised bi-fold doors and the customer wanted a lock that was not going to stand out. Most locks for these doors come in a standard Satin Chrome finish or a Polished Brass style finish. Finding a black colour lock to suit doors like these is not always an easy task.

Matching the colour of a black door with a brown lock

Lockwood deadlock matched colour

Not sure if you can easily tell from these photos but the lock we fitted is actually brown in colour. These brown locks actually look very good on a black anodised or powder coated aluminum frame. The dark colour is a much better choice then a standard Chrome or Gold finish.

The lock we fitted to these doors is a Lockwood 355 deadlock. These are a high security deadlock that positively lock the deadlock and the strike together so they can not be pulled apart without first unlocking the lock. They are well suited to this particular type of bi-fold door and can be used on a sliding door or a swinging door as well. These doors were built in a way that they could only be opened and locked from inside the house. The Lockwood 355 deadlock allows the doors to be opened from both the inside and outside.

The double cylinder deadlock when fully deadlocked can only be opened with the keys. Even if a burglar breaks into the home, the door can not be opened. With out easy access, the burglars movements are restricted and he will not be able to carry items through the door. As other doors in the house also have deadlocks, it becomes a struggle for the burglar to work effectively.

Bi-fold door fitted with lockwood 355 deadlock for added security

Lockwood 355 Deadlock inside view

The Lockwood style keys are the most common type of key style in Australia. There are a large range of branded locks here that will work on the same key type. This makes it easy to have locks changed to all suit the same key. The lockwood locks also have the Kinetic Defence system which can make lock picking and lock bumping very difficult.

Different types of doors require different types of locks. If you consult a qualified locksmith then you should always be informed which locks will suit your particular door. On a door such as this bi-fold door a regular deadlock just could not be fitted. I am really happy this home owner had one of our qualified locksmiths install this lock. Fitting the wrong type of lock to this door would have been a real nightmare for the owners of the home.

Posted by arbus in deadlock, Entrance door lock, Lock Products, locksmith Brisbane, locksmith service, locksmith West End, Lockwood, sliding door lock
Cheap, but not Cheap!

Cheap, but not Cheap!

Cheap locksmith carbine lock entrance set

Cheap Lock Carbine knobset

Carbine Knobset Residential.

At 24 Hour Locksmiths Brisbane we try our hardest to only fit high quality products. Low quality products we stay away from like the plague!! They always come back to haunt you. I am not saying we don’t like low quality products. Low quality products actually give us a lot of late night call outs when they fail so to the handymen that think cheap is better, I have to pat you on the back!

Seriously though, there is a need for a low cost knobset for doors. Sometimes the door and the situation does not require the highest grade security lock. As locksmiths we analyse lots of different locks on the market in Brisbane. There are a whole range of cheap locks available and honestly they are not suitable to be fitted to a pig sty! Many are of such low quality they fall apart in your hands.

carbine tiebolt1

The Carbine Residential Knobset is one of our low price locks which we stock. There are many locks in Brisbane that look very similar to this lock, although they are not of the same quality. This is a well made lock set that is made for the locksmith trade in Australia. The carbine brand is a trusted name in the locksmithing industry and responsible for many innovative products.

This lock might not look like anything special. Well, it is not really. It is just a basic lock. I could tell you it has an adjustable 60/70mm latch and compatible with Lockwood keys, etc.. But there is just one factor that makes this a great choice as a cheap lock. Is simply that it is a lock we know and trust to work well when a cheap lock is required. So yes, it is cheap, but it is not cheap in quality.

Posted by arbus in Entrance door lock, locksmith Brisbane
My lock wont fit the holes in my door

My lock wont fit the holes in my door

Entrance lock latch size

Often as a Brisbane locksmith we come across odd size door locks. The most common type of lock to have an unusual size is also the most common. It is the knob or lever entrance lock set. These locks are seen on most houses and apartments and commercial buildings throughout Brisbane and Queensland.

two different types of entrance lock latches for doors by Brisbane locksmtih

60mm and 70mm latches

Most doors on houses are fitted with a standard 60mm latch. To measure the backset of the door lock, the measurements are taken from the centre of the door knob to the edge of the door. So if you draw a perpendicular line 60mm back from the edge of the door, the line should run straight through the centre of the lock.
The problem you face when buying a lock from a hardware shop is that they generally only come with a 60mm latch. Some locks do come with an adjustable 60mm or 70mm latch but often these latches are not as robust as the not adjustable latches.

lock latch long

Long Tie-bolt latch

Doors are not just fitted with 60mm or 70mm latches either! Many doors on units are fitted with a 127mm latch. There are even doors where the handle is fitted in the centre of the door making the latch over 400mm.

There are two main types of entrance locks which we sell. They are Tie-Bolt and Cylindrical. Mostly we try to use cylindrical where possible, due to the smoother operation of the lock. We keep different size latches for each type of lock.

The tie-bolt locks simply have a different size latch for each different backset they are used for.

70 mm latch for entrance lock

Entrance lock with 70mm latch

 

127mm latch

Entrance lock with 127 mm latch using extension tube

 

The tubular locks are a little different. The tubular locks are available in either a 60mm or 70mm latch. Then different size extension tubes are used to make the locks to the exact size you need. The tubes come in different sizes and adding them to either the 60mm or 70mm latch we can make them fit any size backset we need.

Many locks of fire doors and unit doors use a 127mm latch.  Always make sure you use a qualified locksmith when a lock needs replacing on a fire door.  A fire door needs the correct lock and latch which have to have the correct fire rating for the particular door.

 

Posted by arbus in Entrance door lock, fire door lock, lock latches, lock maintenance, lock repair, 0 comments
DN8527 Entrance Lock Set

DN8527 Entrance Lock Set

Unfortunately, not all entrance lock sets are made equal.   They may look the same.  They might work the same way, They might even have the same looking key.  But there are big differences between many plain old looking door lock sets.

Locksmith Entrance Door Lock

Well the lock I would like to focus on is one of our best selling products.   This Entrance lock set is one that our locksmiths in Brisbane are proud to fit because it is a tremendously high quality lock for the price.   This entrance lock is a commercial grade lock set and is manufactured from Satin Stainless Steel which gives it the most durable finish available.

The latch on these locks is also a heavy duty deadlatching type of latch.  When fitted correctly the deadlatching mechanism resists attacks from through the door opening techniques where manipulation of the latch might be possible as with some other types of locks.
The latch is available in either a 60 or 70 mm backset.  From the edge of the door to the centre of the lock.  It is also easy to make the latch work on a 127mm door or even other non standard backset measurements.

The body of the lock is made of heavy duty steel and designed to be much more robust then other less quality locks.  The lock has a 2 hour fire rating which most other locks do not have.  This means it is suitable for many Unit doors which have a 2 hour fire rated door.

The locking cylinder on this lock is one that is loved by our locksmiths in Brisbane.  It is an easy to change 6 pin cylinder that is interchangeable with a large range of high security cylinders and is machined very precisely for years of operational use.  The cylinder can be changed to match most other locks in your home or office.  The cylinder is a 6 pin tumbler mechanism for much higher security.

This is a lock we get very few problems with.  Usually if there is a problem with one of these locks, it is because the door has issues such as loose hinges, etc.  It is a very high quality product that is recommended by our locksmiths for many different situations.

 

Posted by arbus in Entrance door lock, 0 comments
Lock Bumping

Lock Bumping

lock bumping brisbane locksmith

Lock bumping a deadlock

You are probably not the only person with a key to your house or business.

Lock Bumping is a covert way to open a lock when you do not have a key. It is similar to lock picking in that it is used to open doors and all types of locks. Lock Bumping and Lock Picking are not the only way to open a lock without a key but lock Bumping is a problem for most houses and businesses as no real skill is required to open a door and some of the most well made locks can be unlocked with the bump key method.
Burglars can cut a Master Bump Key to open 95% of locks in Australia.
Bump keys were made known to the mainstream due to the information going viral on the internet. Using bump keys is so easy, people started making videos and uploading them to youtube and tutorials on how to make bump keys were available of forums and how to sites. The spread of the information over the internet led to many high profile manufacturers feeling that their locks were from the dark ages as they were way too easy to open. Even very young kids could now open their locks.

Bump proof lock.  Abloy key

Abloy key for a bump proof lock

The bump key can be made from just about any old key that inserts into the lock. All you need to do is file it down the correct way or cut a key and you have made a bump key. To bump open a lock a bump hammer is used to tap the key which lines up the pins inside the lock cylinder. Many locks in Brisbane are vulnerable to bump keys including most regular deadlocks, security door locks, commercial locks, registered key systems and unit door locks.
Common locks sold in hardware stores still have no resistance to lock bumping. There are locks now available in Brisbane that can not be bumped. There are high security locks sold by locksmiths which can not be bumped and which are practically pick proof. A high level of bump resistance can be achieved if you have your locks changed to a bump proof system. High security locks are a little more expensive then regular locks and it depends on weather you are concerned with this security risk in your home or business as to weather you request bump proof locks.

Home door that might be easily bumped open

How to know if your lock has been bumped?

One of the biggest problems with lock bumping is that it leaves no visible signs of your lock being picked. There are no break and enter marks on the door and no sign of a thief entering your home or business. For insurance companies this is a problem. If there is no sign of a break-in then how do you prove it? The lock bumping phenomenon has forced many businesses and home owners to upgrade and have locks changed to a higher security lock cylinder. If you are in doubt weather your locks can be picked or bumped you should consult a qualified locksmith for more information.

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