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Frequently Asked Questions – Door Locks and Latches
Note: The door hardware trade term Lock or Locksets is not just referring to a hardware item that has a cylinder and uses a key. It is a general term for Door Knobs, Door Levers, Handlesets and Deadbolts that latch (hold closed) and/or lock.
- Q. How do I determine the handing for a lock? A. To determine the handing of a door lock, stand Outside the room or building facing the door.
If the hinges are on the left side of the door, the door is Left Hand (LH).
If the hinges are on the right side, the door is Right Hand (RH).
Keyed Entry or Entry Lock: Uses a key to open the lock from the outside so you can gain entry to space. Some entry locks use cards or push buttons instead of keys.
Privacy: Locks but has access to unlock from the outside via a small hole or slot to insert a simple tool. Privacy locks do not offer security. Used on bedroom and bathroom doors.
Patio: Lock from the inside and block entry from the outside. They can not be unlocked from the outside. Note: Do not use Patio function lock on balcony doors where it is the only way into the building.
Passage: Latches door closed and does not lock. Used on hall and closet doors.
Dummy: Single Dummy for one side of door. Double Dummy for both sides of door. Used as a door pull or for matching trim. Most commonly used on the inactive door on double doors.
Storeroom: Outside lever/knob fixed, entry by key only. Inside lever/knob always unlocked.
Classroom: Outside lever/knob locked and unlocked by key. Inside lever/knob always unlocked
Store Entry Double Cylinder Lock: Keyed cylinder in both Outside and Inside knobs. Key in either knob locks or unlocks both at the same time – for Entry doors with glass near the lock including inside office rooms that require security.
Communicating Double Cylinder Lock: Keyed cylinder in both Outside and Inside knobs. Key unlocks its own knob independently – for doors that require Keyed security on both sides.
Institutional Double Cylinder Lock: Both knobs are Fixed with Keyed cylinder in both Outside and Inside knobs. Entrance by Key in either knob – for doors that require Keyed security on both sides.
Keyed Alike: If you buy more than one lock, they can all work with the same key.
Keyed Different: Each lock will have it’s own key that will not fit the others.
Non Keyed: Select this option for non keyed Functions (Ex: Privacy. Passage, Dummy)
Also see: Lock Keying for information of Master keying and other options.
Double cylinder: is controlled by a key on both the outside and inside. Normally used where you have glass next to the lock, as it can be broken and unlock if a turn knob was there.