Category Archives: Lock Information

The Baldomeric Oath

Saint Baldomerus is the patron saint of locksmiths. He worked as a locksmith in Lyon, France and died c. 650 A.D. This oath, or code of ethics, is patterned after the Hippocratic Oath of the medical profession. Columbus Key adheres to this code of ethics. I do solemnly vow, to that which I value and hold most dear: That I

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Top Lock Problems

#1   Deadlatch not working. The deadlatch is designed to prevent the opening of a door by manipulating the latch with a credit card, ice pick, knife point, or other tool. In order to work, the deadlatch must be depressed when the door is closed. If it is not depressed, or falls into the strike opening, it will fail to function. The

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Lock Grades

All locks carry a grading certification that basically describes the durability of the lock. In addition to the grading qualifications, some high security locks also carry a U.L. certification for additional testing. Remember that a lock may have “Meets grade 2 standards” or “Exceeds grade 2 standards,” but that does not necessarily mean that it was actually tested. If a

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Security Tips

Times Have Changed There was a time when we did not feel the need to lock the doors of our homes. As times have changed, so has the need to use locks for protection and to seek better locking technology for our homes and businesses. Deadbolts emerged on the market during the 1960s and gained popularity through the 1970s as

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Determine Door Handing

When ordering lever handles or handlesets, we’ll need to know the handing of your door. Door handing is the direction in which your door swings. If you order the incorrect door handing you will either have locks on the wrong side of the door, levers that are upside down, or levers that point in the wrong direction and keep the

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ADA and Fire Code

    Proper locks and door hardware are an important part of complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA) for all businesses. See the ADA Guide for Small Businesses, and the Checklist for Readily Achievable Barrier Removal. Be sure to also look into the tax credits and deductions that are available when you make your business more accessible. We can help you choose and install the

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Types of Locks

Entry Knob Lock This is a standard cylindrical entry lock. It is locked and unlocked by a button on the inside, and key operated from the outside. When locked, some locks are inoperable from the inside until the button is turned or released. Others, referred to as “panic-proof,” allow free egress without operating the button. The lock may or may

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What is a bump key?

A bump key is a new threat to everyone’s security. The locks you have on your front door are probably vulnerable to a bump key. Basically, a bump key is made by taking any regular key and modifying it with some common household tools. After that, it will open most locks that the key can physically slide into. For example,

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Master key system

There are times that you may want to have different access to different areas. an example for home use that I have come across is with an outside garage. A customer has a garage that he works on cars and projects for various people, and he has a couple people that help him out. I was able to set him up with key

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Deadbolt Types

We never recommend installing double-sided (keyed on both interior and exterior sides) deadbolts. Some homeowners desire double-sided deadbolts when there is glass in the door or in close proximity that would allow a potential intruder to break the glass, reach in, and unlock a single-sided lock. But double-sided locks also present a possible hazard to the homeowner. In case of

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