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CL Dimple Key Lock

CL Dimple Key Lock

CL make a range of cam locks, desk draw locks, filing cabinet locks and many other utility locks which are available from locksmiths in Brisbane. The CL range of locks represents a broad number of the most common utility locks for use in Australian homes and businesses. If you need a lock for a letterbox, desk drawer or shop display cabinet the CL locks can more then often provide the right lock for the job.

CL Lock barrel being inserted into housing Brisbane locksmithCL locks are designed for and sold by your locksmith. As a specialty locksmith product they come in a disassembled form. The lock bodies come separate from the cylinders. With the cylinders sold separately it is easy to change the cylinders to suit our customers needs. If a customer wants multiple locks on the same key, the cylinders can all be keyed alike and then inserted into the lock housing. If groups of keyed alike locks are needed, the cylinders can be adjusted or keyed into groups then inserted into the lock housings.

CL Lock desk drawer lock Brisbane locksmithAs the lock cylinders are sold separately to the the lock housings, CL has introduced a range of higher security dimple key cylinders. The dimple key cylinder mechanism works a little different to regular flat keys. The dimple key has holes or dimples drilled into the flat sides of the keys. The different depths and spacing of the dimple corresponds to the combination of the lock.

CL Lock filing cabinet lock locksmith BrisbaneThe dimple key cylinders make lock picking a lot more difficult. There is a lot less room in the lock cylinder to insert and manipulate the lock tumblers. This higher difficulty in lock picking gives the dimple lock cylinder an edge over the standard wafer lock. For many situations such as letter box locks where the standard locks can be easily picked or even a master key used, a dimple key letterbox lock offers a much greater degree of security.

CL Lock Keys Brisbane locksmithThe dimple key lock cylinders have a unique design where a notch in each disc pushes into the dimple of the key. The lock cylinder contains 6 spring loaded discs which must all precisely line up when the key is inserted to allow the lock to turn. Each disc can have 4 different depths which correspond to 4 different dimple sizes in the key. Only the correct key with the right combination of dimples will allow the lock to open.

The dimple keys are much shorter then a regular house key. They are made from nickel plated brass and have a stylish black plastic head. The keys are stamped with a code number that is used when keyed alike locks are required. The keys could be cut to code although at this time we are unable to make an original key from the code number stamped on the key.

The CL range of cam locks and drawer locks is very well priced and the dimple key range of cylinders is the cheapest non standard higher security utility locks we sell. By far the largest demand for these cheap dimple locks is for letter boxes. The dimple lock range of CL cam locks would make any criminal stealing mail think twice.

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Cam lock casing before barrel is inserted

 

CL Lock disc on key locksmith Brisbane

showing how lock disc rides over key and makes contact with dimples of the key

 

CL Lock barrel with discs removed Brisbane locksmith

CL Lock barrel with discs removed

 

CL Lock barrel and discs locksmith Brisbane

incorrect key inserted into lock barrel

 

CL Lock discs aligned correctly Brisbane locksmith

Correct key inserted into lock barrel

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Abus Deadbolt Double Cylinder

Abus Deadbolt Double Cylinder

Abus is a very well known brand worldwide. It is known for its padlocks, bike locks and security related products. So how does the Abus double cylinder deadbolt hold up for security and quality?

Well you would expect the Abus double cylinder deadlock to be made in Germany. This lock however is made in Taiwan. The packaging and look of the lock do not look to be very different from many other Taiwanese made deadlocks on the market.

locksmith Brisbane deadbolt AbusThe finish on the Abus deadlock is very good. It has a bright chrome finish with an embossed Abus logo on the outside cylinder. Even the locking bolt has a bright chrome finish.

The locking bolt is adjustable to 60mm or 70mm. Adjusting is simpley done by twisting the front and back parts of the bolt assembly when the bolt is in the thrown position. The actual locking bolt also is made from solid steel with an insert in the centre to resist sawing attacks. The steel bolt is a bit of a surprise as most other similar deadbolts use a brass locking bolt.

The solid bolt is longer then the thrown portion of the bolt, leaving 10mm inside the bolt assembly. This gives the bolt extra strength from prying attacks then most other deadlocks of this type.

The lock body has two cylinders with pressed metal housing and a spacer ring behind each housing. The spacer ring can be removed for thick door types making the lock suitable for locks between 35mm – 45mm.

The lock cylinder of the Abus deadbolt mounts into a metal housing and is removable. It can be replaced with a high security cylinder. The lock cylinder can also be replaced with a registered key barrel if required.

The lock cylinder and barrel are a 6 pin design although out of the box a 5 pin key is used. The code on the key matches the cuts of the key.

The Abus deadbolt has no resistance to lock bumping or lock picking. The pins used in the lock are standard and no security pins are used.

Adding a registered security barrel or replacing the barrel altogether can make this lock a lot more secure. High security lock pins can also be added to increase security and stop lock bumping attacks or lock picking.

The lock has no hardened inserts to stop drilling attacks. Hardened pins in the lock barrel assembly and behind the mounting screws would have made this lock much harder to drill off the door.

Fitting the lock to a wooden door is fairly straight forward. It has the same standard tubular deadlock holes for fitting as most other deadbolts. This makes it easy to replace an existing deadbolt.

The Abus double cylinder deadbolt is a well made lock. It has a very smooth operation and should last for many years once fitted.

Abus give it a security rating of 7, which seems quite high for a lock with no pick protection, no bump key protection and no drilling defence. While high security barrels will increase the security of the lock when fitted to a door, out of the packet the lock is not a high security lock.

locksmith Brisbane drill holes for Abus deadbolt

chisel hole for bolt to be inserted Abus deadlock Brisbane locksmith

Install Deadlock bolt Abus Brisbane locksmith

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Marking door frame to fit Abus Deadbolt

Hole drilled for strike plate Abus Deadbolt

chisel strike plate Abus deadbolt

Abus deadbolt install strike plate

Abus Deadbolt fitted to door

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Code keys for safes

Code keys for safes

Many locks are stamped with a key code number but key codes alone are of little use. Extra information is usually needed to cut a key to code. A call to cut keys for room safes in a hotel was one such call that extra information was needed.  With no code information available these code keys needed a different approach.

key cut to code for safe lock code keys

Often a brand name of a safe, the make and model of a car or brand of furniture is also required to cut a key to code. The brand of the hotel room safes were an after market obscure brand that had no link to the locks that were fitted to the safes. The safes locks were all marked with a four number code between 1000 and 6000. The code numbers were a bit of a give away as to their meaning. The numbers seemed to be a direct code. A direct code is a code number that is also the cuts of the key. Such as 5226.

lock follower and key

As there were quite a few safes to cut keys to, being able to cut them to the code number would save time and money for the hotel owner. The problem with these safes was that there was no reference to the space and depth dimensions of the keys. If you do not know accurately the space and depth of the keys, then cutting keys accurately is not possible.

pick safe lock

In order to cut the keys to code, one of the locks was removed from the safe. The lock was then taken apart carefully, not to disturb the combination of the lock pins.

lock barrel for safe and key

Once the lock was apart, the key dimensions were deciphered and a code card made up for a code machine. This is a fairly old code machine that is used in one of our mobile locksmith vehicles. This code machine is a punch machine and uses no electricity. It is perfect for use on a job site to cut keys to code.

making code card for safe key

Once the code card was created, the keys could easily be cut to the code numbers on the front of the locks.

code card for sutting safe key

The keys all worked perfectly and the hotel owner was very happy that his safes could have new keys cut for them easily. Now if ever a key is lost for these safes, a new code key can quickly be produced from the code stamped on the lock.

Most codes keys can be cut a lot simpler then the keys for these safes. If keys are needed to code or even if no code is present on the lock our 24 hour locksmiths in Brisbane are always able to help.

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Milner Safe Lock

Milner Safe Lock

Milner safe lock 3D printed replica

A milner safe is very easy to identify just by looking at the key hole. The distinctive 2 keyhole slots will give away the type of lock used in the safe every time. Milner were very popular safes for very good reason. They offered a high level of pick resistance and resistance from brute force attacks.

Usually the ingenuity of these old safe locks is only seen by locksmiths who service these safes and cut keys for them. Being able to replicate the lock easily on a 3D printer gives people a chance to see just how these locks work and allows them to build their own high security safe lock.

This Milner replica safe lock has a few changes from the original. The biggest noticeable difference is that the lock does not have a curtain. The curtain is an internal piece of the safe lock that serves 2 main purposes. It acts as the bolt throw and it shields the levers and inner working of the lock to make lock picking much harder. The curtain could not be 3d printed strong enough to make it work in this model. Instead the bolt throw uses the end cut of the key.

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The key is made much larger simply to add strength. A thin plastic key just isnt strong enough to work.
Interestingly, the original Milner keys were made from cast brass. A cast brass key is very strong! Modern steel keys have the flag welded onto the post. The weld in modern keys is a weak point and often causes keys to break inside a safe. If you can find a locksmith who has cast brass keys, they are a much better alternative for these safes.

The body of the lock is made in three sections. The bolt is inserted from the bottom of the lock and the levers are inserted from the top. A top and bottom plate hold the lock together.

As a locksmith in Brisbane I still see a lot of these old Milner safes still in operation. While they might not have the same resistance to modern attacks as more modern high security safes, picking the lock on a Milner safe is still a very hard endeavour which takes a lot of skill. Most Brisbane locksmiths would not even consider picking a Milner safe lock.

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Tiltadoor lock kit

Tiltadoor lock kit

Lenlok tilt-a-door lock kit

There are still many tilt-a-door garage doors in operation through out Brisbane and Australia. The tilt-a-door pre-dates the panel lift door and even the roller door. The tilt a door opens on a hinge system that lifts the door directly overhead so a car can be driven into the garage.

This locksmith tilt-a-door lock kit comes with everything you need to replace or fit from new the locking system on door. As it is all in the one packet, it is often better to buy the kit rather then replace just one part of a worn out locking system.

The kit comes with the main T handle, the inside lever assembly, the wire, 2 latches and all the fixing nuts and bolts.

Lenlok tilt-a-door lock key

Lenlok tilt a door lock with Lockwood compatible key

Lenlok tilt-a-door lock fixing stud

Lenlok tilt-a-door lock fixing stud

Lenlok tilt-a-door lock

Lenlok tilt-a-door lock

Lenlok tilt-a-door handing plate

Lenlok tilt-a-door handing plate

Lenlok tilt-a-door lock wire

Lenlok tilt-a-door lock wire

Lenlok tilt-a-door latches and inside handle

Lenlok tilt-a-door latches and inside handle

The main star of the kit is the T handle. This is an upgraded version of the original T handle lock. This lock is much more solid and has a better internal locking system. It can be rekeyed to match other locks in the home. It uses a Lockwood style C4 key which is by far the most used key in Brisbane. Your locksmith can advise you on rekeying locks to match the one key. The T handle lock is handed, meaning that it will turn either to the left or right to unlock. The handing can be easily changed by adjusting the handing plate at the back of the lock.

The wire that comes with the lock will suit all standard size tilt-a-door’s. Some doors are made wider then standard and the wire will not be long enough to suit some of these double car garage doors. The wire is secured at both ends with wire clamps which are included in the kit.

The latches are standard design for all tilt-a-door locks. They are zinc plated for rust protection and should last for the life of the door.

The inside handle assembly is simpler then the original tilt-a-door design. It is held on the back spindle of the T handle with a clamp. The inside handle assembly has pre drilled holes for the wire to pass through. The wire is only clamped at either end of the latches to give equal tension to both latches.

For a tilt-a-door with broken wire, worn out lock, bent handles, etc, this lock kit is a good investment. Replacing all the suspect parts with this lock kit will ensure the door keeps working for many years to come. Ask a locksmith for more information regarding the replacement of locks on garage doors. There are many different types of locks that your locksmith keeps to replace all doors.

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Whitco Tasman Mk2

Whitco Tasman Mk2

Whitco Tasman mk2 security screen door lock is the most popular security door lock used in Brisbane. It replaced the Tasman mk1 which used a more conventional latch design which had no deadlatching pin.

The Whitco Tasman mk2 has proven to be a very successful and reliable lock for security screen doors. While we do replace many of these locks on a daily basis, it is often due to the sheer number of cycles these locks have performed. A security screen door can get opened and closed a large number of times. In an average home a security screen door can get used more then 100 times a day!

One of the latest upgrades to this screen door lock is the new handle spring design. Older designs used a handle spring that would cause the handles to sag over time. While the new design has not been around long enough to test in the field, it does look like the sagging of the handles might have been fixed. Whitco often update their designs when they discover a better way to manufacture their locks.

Whitco tasman mk2 blackThe standard mk2 Tasman comes with an inside locking snib which is used to snib the door locked when inside the house. The snib is removable so the door can be only locked with the key if needed. The snib can be unlocked from the outside of the door if fingers can get through the fly screen mesh. There are plastic guard plates available to prevent fingers unlocking the snib from the outside. Solid screen doors and Crimsafe doors make it much harder to unlock the snib from the outside and give added security in this regard. The locking snib is advisable to use when at home. A key deadlocked door can be much harder to exit in case of an emergency.

The latch on a Tasman looks quite different to other screen door locks. It has the main bolt latch and a separate deadlatching latch. The deadlatching latch does not enter the main hole on the strike. This allows the main latch to fully extend only when the door is shut. If the deadlatching latch is too far away from the door strike the latch will not extend fully and the door will not be able to be locked.

carbine profile cylinderCylinders are available for this security door lock in various styles. The most popular cylinders made by Whitco are the 10 disc and 5 pin cylinder. Both these locks can be keyed alike to other screen doors in the home. The 5 pin cylinder can be keyed alike to many more locks including most Lockwood locks. The choice of cylinder can depend on the level of security needed and other mechanical considerations. Some screen doors will not work with specific cylinders.

When removing a cylinder from a Tasman security screen door lock, you must have the key. The key must be turned to the locked position then the cylinder screw is removed. Without the key the cylinder will not be able to be removed and a locksmith will need to be called to remove the lock.

A lock with 3 point locking or triple locking will require a specific mk2 security screen lock with the triple locking parts. When installing or using a triple lock door always make sure the locking mechanism is easy to operate and not binding. An unaligned triple lock door will put a lot of extra force on the locking mechanism and cause the lock to prematurely fail.

The inside locking snib can give an indication of a worn out lock. If the inside snib has lost its’ spring and flicks from locked to unlocked without a noticeable click, then the lock will need to be replaced. The failure or breakage of the snib spring mechanism can cause the lock to fail and you can get locked in or out of the house.

Overall the Whitco Mk2 Tasman has proven itself to be an efficient and long lasting screen door lock for Brisbane homes. A little lock lubricant now and then will help to keep the screen door in working condition for many years. These locks are still readily available from locksmiths and are a current model for the foreseeable future.

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Brisbane door open with key

Brisbane door open with key

 

Key safe targeted in break at Camp Hill, Brisbane

Key safes can be used to keep a spare key outside of a house or apartment for family, friends and workers. However care needs to be taken in their use. House and apartment break ins can happen without the occupants even knowing if a key is stolen.

The majority of key safes use a combination lock or push button lock to secure the contents of the safe. If the key safe is installed outside the home it is possible for thieves to work out the combination and remove the key to from the box. There are various techniques used to work out the combination and some are surprisingly simple.

Before using a key safe always ask the question, “Is it as secure as my door locks”. If the key box is able to be compromised much easier then the locks on your doors then it is a security risk to your homes’ security.

Another problem with key safes is in the way they are installed. If they are bolted to a wall, it is fairly easy to pry the box from the wall and remove the key at leisure. A safe that is attached using a padlock design can be cut off and the key removed. Often when the key safe goes missing people do not notice until it is too late and their home door is opened with the spare key.

In Brisbane, we have seen quite a few homes broken into using a key from a compromised key holder. We have also had to change locks on buildings when a master key goes missing from a key safe. The latest break and enter using a key from a key safe was in Camp Hill. In this case the key safe was broken off the concrete wall and the key removed.

If you use a key safe, be aware of the risks involved and weigh up if it is worth the convenience.

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Lenlok Roller Door Lock

Lenlok Roller Door Lock

Lenlok make a large range of locks for garage doors. When you are thinking of changing your roller door lock, dont go past this Lenlok roller door lock.   This is the heavy duty model with removable cylinder.

As locksmiths we are often called to change or rekey locks on roller doors. When a client pays us good money to change the keys on a roller door lock, they want to be sure the old keys will no longer work in the lock.

turning knob lenlok roller door lockThe problem with most standard roller door locks is that they use a wafer or disc lock which offers little security. Even when the combination of the lock cylinder is changed there is a chance that another key will still operate in the lock. This is due to the poor tolerances in the cylinder, soft materials used in their construction, low number of disc combinations and wear in the lock cylinder.

As there are problems with rekeying roller door locks (and other similar lock designs), we will usually recommend that the lock be replaced with a more secure type of lock. This is not because we want to sell more locks. It is due to the high chance of an old key or random key working in your roller door.

front cover plate lenlok roller door lockThe Lenlok heavy duty roller door lock is one choice you have when a new roller door lock is required for your door.

The Lenlok roller door lock does not look too much different from standard roller door locks. Although there are a couple of features that make this lock far better then standard disc type locks.

The Lenlok roller door lock has a completely replaceable cylinder assembly. There are various cylinder types that can be fitted to the lock. The more secure locking cylinder is the pin tumbler cylinder. The pin cylinder uses pins as used in most other house and commercial lock cylinders.

key and lock cylinder lenlok roller door lockA pin tumbler cylinder makes it much harder to force with a screw driver or other tool. Compared to disc locks, a pin cylinder is a great upgrade for a roller door.

A pin cylinder can also have its barrel changed to suit a range of registered key systems. It can even be replaced with a high security lock barrel for the best security. The standard pin cylinder can be changed to suit a Lockwood style C4 key. The C4 key is the most common key used in Brisbane for house doors and commercial doors. It is possible to have a house changed to suit just one key. Even the garage door can be on the same key.

This lock also comes with 2 locking functions. For a garage you want to access from the inside such as one connected to the house, the lenlok roller door lock can be set to be opened with the turning knob on the inside of the lock. This gives free access to open and close the lock from the inside of the garage.

turning knob lenlok roller door lockIf the garage has no other access doors or the lock is fitted to a storage room, the lock can be set to operate as a deadlock. When the lock is operating as a deadlock, the inside turning knob will no longer open or close the lock. The lock must be opened and closed using the key from the ouside or the inside. Deadlocking adds increased security for storage areas. When unlocking with a key from the inside a “reverse key” is used. The reverse key only operates the lock on the inside of the door. This is because a reverse broached key only will slide into the inside of the lock.

There are a few different model designs of the Lenlok roller door lock. They are designed to match existing roller door locks. The main difference is the length of the arms and size of the face plate.

Our 24 hour locksmiths in Brisbane carry a range of Lenlok roller door locks to suit different door types. Call us anytime for replacement roller door locks or to have your lock changed.

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Whitco Tasman Security lock

Whitco Tasman Security lock

Whitco Tasman Mk2 Security Door Lock

The Whitco Tasman Mk2 security door lock is one of the most common locks used on security screen doors in Brisbane.   It is designed to withstand a lot of high frequency use and last over 10 years.   The Mk2 Tasman is available with different functions and not all Mk2 Tasman variations will suit every security screen door.

DIY Security Screen lock Replacement

If you have a security screen door lock that has lost its spring, has saggy handles or just broken then you will want to replace it.  Before you go to the hardware shop buy a replacement lock there are a few things you really need to know.
Whitco Tasman security door lock in Brisbane fitted to door new or repair
Number one.
Security screen door locks come in 2 basic types. Locks for sliding doors and locks for swinging doors. Make sure you buy the correct one.

Number two.
Try to match up brands. The 3 most popular brands in Australia are Whitco, Doric and Lockwood. Matching the same brand of lock will make your life much easier when it comes to installation.

Number three.
Try to match the model. If your lock is a Whitco MK2, try to replace it with a Whitco MK2. A Whitco MK1 will not work on most doors that have a MK2 lock installed and vise versa.

Number four.
Even though you have the same model lock… Look harder… Even the same model locks can be different. The same model lock can have different functions that are not suited to your door.

Number five.
Most hardware shops do not sell security screen locks for triple lock doors. If you have a Crimsafe door or other well made screen it probably locks in three places on the door. The hardware shop locks might have the same name and model but they do not work.

Number six.
If you do not have a key for the lock to remove the cylinder, consider calling a locksmith to replace the lock.  It can save a lot of time and headaches as the lock will not be able to be removed from the door.

If you need help with the replacement of repair of a security door lock, our Brisbane locksmiths are always available.  We have a 24 hour emergency locksmith service which will come to your home or business whenever you are stuck.  Call us anytime for security screen door lock problems.

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Lane Deadbolt review

Lane Deadbolt review

The lane deadbolt maximum security

The lane deadbolt is sold by most hardware shops in Brisbane. The one I have here was bought at a Bunnings hardware store. The brand Lane have been around in Australia for more then 25 years. Many years ago Lane made a range of deadlocks, entrance locks, commercial locks, etc that were fitted to a large number of homes, apartments, hotel doors, commercial doors, etc around Australia. Lane have changed their products a great deal over the years. This deadbolt is a good representation of the modern Lane locks.

packaging

Lane deadbolt packagingThe deadlock comes with some great colourful packaging. It makes reference to crime-stoppers, recycling, “maximum security”, etc. Reading the packaging this lock seems to be a very good quality lock suitable for fitting to entrance doors on a home.

The stainless steel plating on this lock has to be the best thing about this deadbolt. The finish is quite good and has the Lane logo stamped into the outer and inner lock body.

Deadbolt Bolt

Lane deadbolt boltThe lock bolt is adjustable to suit either a 60mm or 70mm backset. The actual bolt which throws into the door frame is die-cast with 2 small hardened pins to resist sawing. The bolt has an awful amount of wobble when it is in the locked position. The way the die-cast bolt is attached to the bolt throw mechanism is very poor. The bolt would not stand up to very much force at all.

Lock Cylinders

Lane deadbolt front of lockThe lock cylinders and barrel is all die-cast metal. The die casting is of a high quality with no visible flaws. The lock barrel is not filed (which is good). The pins in the lock are flat at the shear line (which is also good) and not rounded.

There is an issue with the die casting of this lock though. Die casting is far less accurate then machining a brass barrel and cylinder. Tolerances with the barrel and cylinder and accuracy especially with the pin holes in this lock is very bad. When the pin holes are too large, it makes the lock very easy to open by lock picking and bumping.

Lock Picking Lane Deadbolt

Lane deadbolt lock picking

lane deadbolt lock bumping

lane deadbolt lock bumping

Lock picking and lock bumping this lock was way too easy. It could quite literally be opened with a bobby pin. While this might sound normal if you watch the movies. In reality, this lock is one of the most insecure locks I have ever seen! It would seem that as manufacturing technology has increased, Lane have for some reason decided their locks need to decrease dramatically in security.

Summary of the Lane Deadbolt

As lane have on their packaging “Maximum Security” somebody buying this lock would be seriously misled. This lock I would have to say would have to be close to winning the prize for the most insecure lock on the Australian market. I would definitely not be fitting this lock to any door that has to be in any way secure. There are much better locks available in a similar price range that will give better security then the Lane deadbolt.

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