Finding The Correct Lock or Part
Just like any other profession or trade the locksmith industry has many different terms to describe the items and products they use. Often times people are not only confused by the tools that a locksmith uses, or even the phrasing of how to perform a job, they are dumbfounded with terms as simple as the type of lock they have and even the company who makes the lock or hardware.
While most of these names and terms mean very little to people in their daily lives it is a good idea, should these services be required, to learn a few of them around your house and business and to be aware of the name, make and model of your vehicle.
Generic terms usually are the best and most informed words that the average person has readily available to them and who can blame them? If it is not specific to their field of work or interests the best way to describe something is in the easiest and most general of terms. However with so many variations of products, tools and scenarios presented to a locksmith these generic terms have little by way of description value for the locksmith.
When describing an auto lock out the usual response to what kind of locking system do you have is, "locks on my door". There are many types of keys and locks with similar features so a locksmith has to discover what the real words are.
Padlocks, cabinet locks, door locks, frames, strikes and so on, these all have specifics that must be ascertained in order to perform the just correctly and the locksmith will try and identify a lock in order to have the right part for install and service.
Names used for locks and hardware doesn't merely mean just the part but also the manufacturer, part and key type, function, method of installation and construction of the part.
When a locksmith is looking for information on a specific part or lock they will use combinations of words that attribute features to the lock they are investigating. There can be a number of words used all depending on the amount of information they need to convey.
When determining a lock for a job or order the locksmith must find out the name, the manufacturer, the appearance of the lock or any other feature that helps the locksmith with this search. Sometimes a name that identifies a lock can be enough for some locksmiths to service it.
Generic terms (and some have dual meaning) that a locksmith hears frequently are padlock, which can be a combination lock, luggage lock, deadbolt, bike lock, car lock, door lock, key in knob and lever lock, trailer lock, guest house lock and so on.
While it is not necessary to know the names and parts of all the locks and security hardware in your home, office or automobile, understanding their basic functions and describing their appearance accurately can help a locksmith in determining what you,the customer requires.