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FAQ: How do I know which shipping size to select for my selected items & how much will it cost? All sized items are shipped USPS Priority Mail (2-3 days) at $10.99 + $1.50 per additional item. SMALL sized items (15" X 9 1/2") can be shipped USPS Express Mail (next day) at $22.95 + $4.00 per additional item. MEDIUM sized items (11" X 8 1/2" X 5 1/2") can be shipped USPS Express Mail (next day) at $44.95 + $4.00 per additional item. LARGE sized items can be shipped USPS Express Mail (next day): CALL FOR QUOTE!

FAQ: Can I order several locks that work with just one key? Absolutely! This feature is called "keyed alike" and is very commonly used. Other keying options are "keyed different" and "master keyed". Also, these are FREE service options in all our lock products! --- Mr. Munoz

FAQ: What does Group A,B & C mean in your keying selection boxes? This simply refers to several lock purchases that can be key matched to work with the same key throughout the store. --- Jean

FAQ: How can I have my car locks matched with my existing working key? Please click on the About Us link (on top of the page) scroll down a bit until you see Pricing and Accuracy of Information paragraph. Here, you'll find the correct mailing address to use when you send us a working (mechanical) key duplicate of your vehicle. Immediately after recieving your key, we'll contact you to confirm your order details. --- Jean

FAQ: How do I know that your lever handle locks are superior than the ones I can get locally? All our lever handle cylindrical locks are Grade 2 Heavy Duty locks, not commonly sold in neighborhood hardware stores. These also incorporate consealed mounting screws and a clutch mechanism that ensures long life. Truly a higher level of performance. --- Ric Munoz

FAQ: Are thick shackle padlocks more secure? They certainly are! Though they are still prone to the same weakness as padlocks with less gauge, these do prove to be harder to forceably penetrate. --- Ric Munoz

FAQ: Are your padlocks the best on the market? No! That depends largely on your kind of security need. But our padlocks certainly are among the best of its kind! --- Jon Richard Munoz

FAQ: Does a padlock need to be very big to provide good security? No! Large locks of any kind do not necessarily offer better protection. Locksmiths rely on quality materials you can feel and professional craftsmanship noticeable with smooth and easy operation of the padlock. BIGGER is not always better in this case. --- Mr. Munoz

FAQ: Why are padlocks with shackles 3" and over so hard to find? These specialty padlock sizes are unusual but can be found in most locksmith shops, many with neat features like the ones on this web-site. --- Ric Munoz

FAQ: Are long shackle padlocks more secure? NO! These extended shackle sizes are to be used only when absolutely necessary due to availabe space and dimensions of the hasp area to be secured. Unecessary empty space inside the shackle area poses easier opportunity for forceful entry. ------- Ric Munoz

FAQ: What is the average lifespan of a quality padlock? That depends on the eviroment and intended use. Interior padlocks tend to last longer than exterior due to the amount of moisture and dusty substances they are exposed to, also heavy commercial use can speed-up wear and tear of the locking mechanisms especially with inadecuate maintenance not to mention vandalism. With adecuate use and care, padlocks can realisticly serve you as much as 15 years, some even past 20 years with full functions! --- Jon Richard Munoz

FAQ: Just how strong are these security padlocks? Because these padlocks utilize steel balls as part of its locking mechanism, it cannot be forced open by human strength since it requiers over 13,000 lbs. of prying pressure to overcome and is also hacksaw resistant because of the hardned steel schackle. Yet like all padlocks and hasps, it's schackle can be cut with adequate bolt cutters or an electrical metal disc cutter. Not perfect but still an excellent selection. --- Mr. Munoz

FAQ: Why do key copies sometimes not work? These problems can occur when a key blank is incorrectly chosen, the key cutting machine is out of calibration, the key was cut misaligned in the machine, the key you provided to duplicate was not working well to begin with, also, key duplicate degeneration occurs when you have provided a copy generated various times over, (a tuned key machine can accurately duplicate keys from copies, usually up to 15 times over!) --- Mr. Munoz

FAQ: Why are high security keys more costly? Because they have specialized keyways that are milled exclusively to one dealer, in limited quantities and requier special customer registration for the purchase of these. --- Ric Munoz

FAQ: What should I do if I loose my keys? You should immediately change your key lock combinations by either replacing them with new quality locks or have their key lock combination changed with new keys, which is the most economical option, especialy with us! --- Jon Richard Munoz

FAQ: Why use this lubricant of higher cost compared with cheaper costing graphite? Graphite is a dark grey dusty substance, the same used in pencils, used for ages as a lubricant in locks. Other noticeably less messy and much more efficient lubricants, especially those with synthetic properties, were developed with enhanced benefits for any fine lock. --- Jon Richard Munoz

FAQ: What is the difference between your specialized lock lubricant and a penetrant like WD-40? WD-40 is any locksmith's favorite penetrant because of its ability to disolve gummy substances and filter out dusty materials inside a lock and usually leaves very little residue if any. But this handy penetrant does not have lasting lubricant properties. A specialized lock lubricant like HOUDINI should be used as the next step for general lock maintenace. HOUDINI is an industry favorite for its perfect lubricating effects especially inside the many small working components that are inside core cylinders of all locks. --- Mr. Munoz

FAQ: How do I know if I need a door closer? When you requier added security such as with an electric door lock strike or when you just cannot depend on others to maintain doors shut, this device will provide you with better peace of mind. --- Mr. Munoz

FAQ: Why would I use a door latch protector of any kind, if your door latches already include an auxiliary locking mechanism? Not all initial door lock installations are done properly and not all door frames are adecuately secure enough to deter a burglar. Also, due to the time and expense needed to correct these problems, you will be better off with just simply mounting a door latch protector to every out-swinging door that you have! --- Mr. Munoz

FAQ: Where can I best use lever handle privacy & bathroom locks? These trusty locks are compliant for the American Disibility Act and are probably abused more than any other door lock yet they do not provide security, only privacy. --- Ric Munoz

FAQ: Why should I use a lever handle storeroom lock? Storeroom locks feature constant automatic locking on the exterior side, perfectly complemented with a door closer, ensuring a secured door every time with permanent free exit from the inside. This is an ideal door lock for any business, it serves as a back-up for forgetfull minds, the adavantages are obvious ! --- Mr. Munoz

FAQ: What does a dummy mortise do? Nothing! Actually it does conseal unwanted mortise lock holes on your door, providing a professionally finished look. --- Ric Munoz

FAQ: When should I use a mortise thumbturn cylinder? These should be installed where manual exit is desired. Not the best mechanism for public exit doors but highly durable. --- Ric Munoz

FAQ: How easy is the installation of a mortise cylinder lock? It is so surprisingly easy that once you're done you'll consider yourself a locksmith! --- Jon Richard Munoz

FAQ: What is a dummy rim cylinder for? Nothing! Actually it does conseal unwanted rim lock holes on your door, providing a professionally finished look. --- Mr. Munoz

FAQ: How do I use a rim cylinder lock? These locks work very much like mortise cylinder locks but are installed very much like a deadbolt lock. Applications for these locks are usually for auxiliary deadbolt locks (aka) jimmy proof locks, night latch locks and commercial exit devices. --- Jon Richard

FAQ: I can get a rim cylinder included with a latch lock for less than your rim cylinder lock alone, why should I buy yours? Those packaged rim locks cost less well...because they're cheap in every way! The poor grade materials and general lack of in these locks do not compare with our professional quality rim cylinders locks plus ours assure smooth and reliable operation every time. ------- Mr. Munoz

FAQ: How do I know that your lever handle locks are superior than the ones I can get locally? All our lever handle cylindrical locks are Grade 2 Heavy Duty locks, not commonly sold in neighborhood hardware stores. These also incorporate consealed mounting screws and a clutch mechanism that ensures long life. Truly a higher level of performance. --- Ric Munoz

FAQ: For added security, should I use double sided deadbolt locks on all my doors? NO! Yet these are recommended for use on doors where the locks are at a 30" reach from glass. There are some confusing federal and state regulations prohibiting that these locks not be activated on exit doors when the premises are inhabited by the public, please consult your local fire department or building codes department. --- Jon Ricard Munoz

FAQ: Can a correctly installed deadbolt on a strong door and frame be opened without a key, like picking or forceful entry? Yes! Deadbolts like most other types of door locks are basicaly dependent of screw torque, over time these screws loose their initial presure against the door surface for various reasons, and can be forceably moved across the door surface, just enough for a theif to manipulate open the locking bolt mecanism. But luckily you've come to the right place for the right deadbolts! Ours have a metal housing shield that totally prevents this kind of penetration. ----------- Mr. Munoz

FAQ: Where can I best use privacy & bathroom locks? These trusty locks are probably abused more than any other door lock yet they do not provide security, only privacy. --- Ric Munoz

FAQ: What are passage & closet locks really good for? These are basically dummy locks, important only for their latch & knob function. No security provided at all. --- Jon Richard Munoz

FAQ: Are classroom locks for school use only? Of course not. But they were nicknamed classroom because they cannot be locked except with a key and are always free exit from the inside, avoiding unwanted situations with some would be rascals. --- Jon Richard Munoz

FAQ: Can a communicating lock replace a double sided deadbolt door lock? Sort of. This specialty lock operates identicaly like a double sided deadbolt plus it even conseals its mounting screws, but is definetly not as strong against forceable entry. --- Mr. Munoz

FAQ: Can I order several locks that work with just one key? Absolutely! This feature is called "keyed alike" and is very commonly used. Other keying options are "keyed different" and "master keyed". Also, these are FREE service options in all our lock products! --- Mr. Munoz

FAQ: How do I know that your locks are any better than the ones I already have? All our locks are Grade 2 locks, which is an industry standard used for heavy duty protection and usage. Most home and small business owners have Grade 3 locks, which are generally very economical and of hollow and light construction, hardly a security lock for anyone! --- Ric Munoz

FAQ: Why should I use a storeroom lock? Storeroom locks feature constant automatic locking on the exterior side, perfectly complemented with a door closer, ensuring a secured door every time with permanent free exit from the inside. This is an ideal door lock for any business, it serves as a back-up for forgetfull minds, the adavantages are obvious ! --- Jon Richard Munoz

FAQ: Do I need a Mortise Cylinder Safety Ring guard? Yes! The standard mortise cylinder is made of brass. It is literally a soft spot in narrow stile door security. Using special pliers, a pipe wrench, or other leverage device, a burglar can tear the cylinder out of the door, leaving an opening through which a thief can operate the mortise latch.

FAQ: What's GO GREEN about? We, like many in the trade, have come to collect considerable numbers of used door lock hardware that still have value in their usefulness and are willing to provide these FREE to anyone who would like to put their part in preserving our planet. Many of these door locks have been recovered through concerned people, who have donated their unused keys and locks that would otherwise have ended up on a trash dumpsite adding to our world's solid waste problem.

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Frequently Asked Questions :
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