Frog Lock Locksmith installs, replaces and changes all types of locks for commercial establishments and residential homes and buildings. One of the most in demand jobs our customers order is mortise lock installation, repair, and change or replacement.
Last week, I received a job order for a Roslyn, Long Island mortise change lock. What I did was removed the smallest mortise lock from the screen door or patio door and replaced it with a medium mortise lock. Here are how they look like:
Small Mortise Lock (This was the old lock of my customer. It was what I changed).
Medium (This mortise was the one I installed for the job.)
Large (I uploaded it just so you’d have an idea on how it looks)
What is a Mortise Lock?
I want to give you a short description of what it is for your reference.
In Great Britain, it is spelled mortice, a lock referring to one that requires a pocket, or a mortise, which should be cut into furniture or door into which the lock will be installed or fitted.
And in many parts of the world, these locks are installed in older buildings, which were built before the introduction of cylindrical locks.
Now, these are common in many up-market residential and commercial establishments here in the USA.
But maybe you’re asking, “Why should I install a mortise lock?”
It comes with a sliding bolt lock
You need to insert a key inside its cylinder to operate it. And with the designated key, the inside mechanism will properly to release the lock’s bolt.
It comes with a dual locking mechanism
Another thing that makes these locks hard to pick and force is that it can be locked on both the outside and the inside. It’s useful if locking your door from the outside is what you want.
It looks attractive
You won’t even notice the lock is there versus traditional doorknobs that you were probably using now.
Most models also come with a classic design, making them vintage looking with an antique charm.
However, they’re not easy to install, which is why you may want to consider getting a Roslyn Long Island professional locksmith to have it done for you.
It is available in different sizes
Depending on your needs and purpose, you can choose from a wide range of mortise locks available.
But in general, you will need the same size if you’re replacing an old lock to avoid making a new hole for the lock’s body.
It may include a passage function
There are many mortise locks designed and constructed with a passage feature, meaning you can operate them without a key. And without locking problems, you can open and close the mortise anytime.
This type proves beneficial for bathrooms and children’s room for easy access and accidental locking prevention.
It gives intruders an extremely hard time to break or open
Intruders cannot force open it because it is fitted inside the door.
This lock system is cut into your front door, patio door or screen door’s edge and only its faceplate can be seen when your door is ajar.
Also, these locks are made using multiple levers and notches – which aren’t that easy to pick. So ideally, I’d recommend picking a product with up to six levers or one with a cylinder lock for the best security possible.
I hope you picked something up from this dual-purpose blog – 1) a tutorial on what a mortise lock is and what its possible benefits are 2) and an update on another job well done from your friends at Frog Lock Locksmith!
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