Glossary of Locksmith Terminology
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- Access Control System
- A system wherein many parties have access to a common door, gate, or other locked area. A building manager or other administrator has control over who has access and who doesn't, and to what areas. Commonly used in commercial buildings.
- An uncut key. In the case of transponder keys, a key that is both uncut and unprogrammed.
- Change locks
- [service] Replace old lock hardware with new lock hardware, meaning the entire doorknob, deadbolt, mortise, lever, etc. The Key Guy can re-key the new lock to fit your existing keys, or give you new keys with your new lock.
- Chip Key
- (see Transponder Key)
- The part in a lock that turns when you turn your key inside it. It activates the locking mechanism. Can be changed without changing the entire lock for purposes of re-keying.
- Cut Key
- [service] Create a new key; not to be confused with key duplication.
- A door lock usually employing a key cylinder on one side and thumbturn on the other. More secure than a doorknob because it cannot be picked. Can be single or double-sided (key entryway on one or two sides). The Key Guy recommends use of a deadbolt on all entry doors in conjunction with a doorknob.
- Round-handled hardware for securing a door. Also known as Entry Door Knob or lockset.
- (see Key Duplication) [service] make a copy of an existing key; not to be confused with cutting a key. It is not recommended to make duplicates of duplicates because of copying errors.
- High-Security Lock
- A heavy-duty lock that provides more security than other locks. The Key Guy carries high security locks of commercial and military grade. Brands we work with include Mul-T-Lock, Schlage, and Medeco.
- Key Duplication
- [service] make a copy of an existing key; not to be confused with cutting a key.
- Key Reconstruction
- [service] create a key to match an existing lock when all original keys have been lost.
- Keyless Entry
- Method of opening locks without a traditional key. Method can be electronic or mechanical. For example, numbered keypad, fob, proximity card, magnetic stripe card.
- Hardware for securing doors, including doorknobs, deadbolts, and latches are all types of locks.
- Laser Key
- A key cut using a special laser cutting machine. Cannot be duplicated on regular duplicating machines. Not all locksmiths carry laser cutting technology.
- Lock Re-Key
- (see Re-Key) [service]
- [service] When the locksmith opens a lock of any type. Usually for cars, houses, or apartments.
- Master Key
- Opens all locks on the corresponding Master Key System. Individual keys on the system are limited to opening individual locks. Useful for building managers, commercial buildings, and property managers.
- A system in which one "master" key can open all the individual locks in the system, but individual-door keys can only open a single door.
- [service] Manipulate a lock so that different keys open it.
- (also known as Chip Key or Electronic Chip Key) A vehicle key with an electronic chip lodged in the head. The chip has a code that the car is programmed to recognize. Without a correctly programmed chip in the key, the ignition will not start.
Master Key System
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