Every profession has a way they describe different situations and needs of customers; the locksmith’s trade is not an exception. There are times a customer would need the help of a local locksmith to fix their lock, but upon getting to the locksmith, you will be asked specific questions to identify the situation of your lock, but the inability to answer accurately will not help the locksmith to know what tool or solution to proffer.

As part of Winnipeg Pure Locksmith’s customer education plan, we feel it would be helpful to share commonly used locksmith terms so you can build your glossary of basic terms used by locksmiths in their trade. Learning these basic locksmith terms would help each customer interact intelligently with their tradesmen when they need to fix their locks.

Basic locksmith glossary of terms

If you need an automotive locksmith to fix your car lock, or you need a mobile locksmith in Winnipeg for any lock issue, here are likely terms your locksmith would use when discussing with you:

  1. Active Leaf: It is referred to as an active door in which the latching device is installed.
  2. All-section Key Blank: It refers to the key section that enters multiplex key system keyways.
  3. Annunciator: It’s an apparatus producing an audible noise indicating visible light, or a verbal message.
  4. ANSI Cut-out: A standard cut-out for hardware furnished on rated and non-rated doors and frames.
  5. Anti-friction Latch: A device built into a lock’s latch bolt for reducing friction between bolt and strike.
  6. Associated Change Key: A change key that directly relates to the particular master key(s) through the use of constant cuts.
  7. Astragal (Overlapping & Interlocking): It is a set of vertical moldings that extend the full height of a door and are connected to a door and jamb or a pair of doors that interlock for enhanced security from a forceful entry.
  8. Astragal (Split): A vertical molding joined to the edges of each leaf of a pair of doors, to shield it against weather.
  9. BackCheck: The stability provided by a door closer as the door is opened.
  10. Backset: The distance between the vertical centreline of the leading edge of a door and the centerline of the lock cylinder measured horizontally.
  11. Barrel Bolt: A surface-mounted slide bolt beside a cylindrical shape.
  12. Barrier-free: This refers to providing accessibility for seniors and people with disabilities.
  13. Bell Crank: It is a mechanical device using a pivoting action to change the direction of a mechanical force or motion.
  14. Bevel (of a door): The pitch located on the leading edge of a door which provides closing clearance.
  15. Bevel (of a lock): The pitch, sometimes adjustable bevel, of the face is designed to match the angle of a door.
  16. Bezel: A collar that is threaded and usually used to secure certain cylinders or lock assemblies.
  17. Binary-type Cylinder or Lock: A cylinder/lock with a combination that only allows for two bitting possibilities in each position.
  18. Bit: The key part that serves as the blade; is used in a warded or lever tumbler lock.
  19. Bitting Depth: The depth of a cut that is made into the blade of a key.
  20. Bitting Increment: The specification of a lock manufacturer’s key cutting, is the consistent measurement of successive bitting depths, i.e. in a bitting increment of .018″; if a #0 cut measures .320″, a #1 cut will measure .302″, and a #2 .284″, etc.
  21. Bitting List: It is all key combinations used in a system, orderly arranged in blind codes, direct codes, and key symbols.
  22. Blade: The part of the key that is inserted into the lock.
  23. Blank: A key without any form before any cuts have been made, this can also be only partially cut but not yet operational.
  24. Blind Code: It is a designation that is not related to the bitting, allocated to particular a key combination for later reference when extra keys or cylinders are needed.
  25. Block Master Key: It is a level-one master key that works one block of changes in a bitting array of a standardized progression format master system.
  26. Bolt: Any moveable projection blocking the movement of one object with the other.
  27. Bolt works: It’s a combination of rods, bars, plates, and linkages in a safe door devised to hold the door in a locked or unlocked position according to the status of the lock itself OR other part of a lock than a cylinder, turn piece, or operating handle that changes the movement of, or the ability to, move the bolt.
  28. Bond Box: It is a removable container in a safe deposit box compartment.
  29. Bore: It is making a hole in or through an object using a drilling tool.
  30. Bored Locks: The lock that requires a hole cross-bored into the door in which the lock is fitted.
  31. Building Master Key: It’s a key that operates most master-keyed locks in a building.
  32. Bump Key: A lock picking key with regular steeples within cuts forced further into the lock by the impact.
  33. Case Ward: The protrusions that stick out the keyway sides allow entry of only the right type of key blank.
  34. Code: A series of numbers/digits on a lock or key used as a reference to the particular cuts of a key to operate a lock.
  35. Cylinder: A whole operating unit consisting of the shell, plug, tumblers, plug retainer, springs, tailpiece, and other operating parts.
  36. Impressioning: This is a way to fit a key straight into a locked cylinder by shaping a blank in the keyway and cutting the blank at the tumbler marks locations.
  37. Jamb: The vertical face of a doorway or window frame on the inside.
  38. Lower pins: (also called bottom pins) the pins of a lock that contact the cuts on the key.
  39. Master Key: It’s a key that usually operates all master keyed locks or cylinders in a given group, each lock or cylinder. Can also be a collection of locks/cylinders so that each is operated by its change key and by a master key for the entire collection of locks.
  40. Operating Key: A key that can operate a lock/cylinder; it locks or unlocks the lock’s mechanism, but it is not a reset key or control key.
  41. Plug: Part of a cylinder that contains the keyway with tumbler chambers corresponding to those in the cylinder shell.
  42. Shell: The part of a cylinder that surrounds the plug.
  43. Spacing: the dimensions of a cut from the stop to the center measuring from the first cut or to the centers of the second cut.
  44. Tumbler: A lock or cylinder’s moveable obstruction of different sizes and configurations which makes direct contact with the key or other tumblers to prevent incorrect keys or torquing devices from operating the lock.
  45. Ward: Protrusions that stick to the sides of the keyway to allow entry of only one type of correct blank key.

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