The Different Types Of File Cabinet Locks

The Different Types Of File Cabinet Locks

Posted by on Feb 7, 2017 in Locksmith Services |

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There are a lot of different file cabinet locks that you might not be aware exist if you are not familiar with office equipment. There are some that will work better for protecting your files than others, so it will be helpful for anyone who has files that need to be protected to know about the different ones that are available. There are also some other mechanisms that you should consider using around your office if you want to make sure that everything is secured properly. Here are a few tips by Los Angeles Locksmith Pros that will help you to know about the ways to keep your files safe.

One thing that you should consider besides locks for the file cabinet is a keypad door lock that you can place on the door that the files are kept in. This will help to add some extra security so that not just anyone will be able to enter into the room where the files are located and take a peek if they want. It will also add protection the room in case there is a break in and the burglar is after the files you have. You want to have as many locks in place as you possibly can to keep the thief busy until the cops arrive.

When it comes to the locks that you are going to use on your filing cabinets there are a few different types to choose from. Most of the ones that a person can buy are replacements for the ones that come built into the cabinets that are purchased. These are cylinder locks that can be locked and unlocked with the turn of a key. There are also locks that can be used if you have a hanging file folder box that needs to be secured.

These are the different types of file cabinet locks that you can use to secure your filing cabinets. There are other types that you will want to look into depending on the type of cabinet you have that needs to be secured. Also make sure to consider the other devices to use in conjunction with locks for the file cabinet so that you will be able to keep your entire file room as safe as you possibly can. There is a lot of information that you will want to make sure to protect so that it does not end up in the wrong hands, so make sure that you have the best locks to use.

When it comes to key based locks, the popular type is the pin tumbler lock which has different lengths of pins on the inside. The other type is the tubular tumbler lock which has horizontal and exposed pins. Another category of locks is the cam lock which is opened and closed by a key and the plunger lock which needs a key for opening only. In closing or relocking, all you need to do is just push the cylinder. If you want additional security, you can install a keypad door lock as an added level of protection to the internal locking device.

With respect to electronic locking systems and access control mechanisms on filing cabinets, there are also a wide range of models with different design, shape, size and function features. There is a revolutionary, electrically-activated locking instrument for cabinets which is being developed today. It is powered by an actuator, an electronic module for controlling power, a rotatable cam connected to the actuator and a lifting pin carrier which is vertically moveable by cam rotation. The lifting pin carrier receives the lifting pin while the locking bar goes to a locked or unlocked position in response to the cam rotation. This model will be out in the market soon.

There are also drawer cabinets with e-lock individual access mechanism. Access control is assigned to specific individuals. Authorized users can open drawers individually via a PC. A display screen in front of the drawer file cabinet shows which drawer is open. All other drawers are closed. Another electronic locking system is operated by a hand held radio transmitter for unlocking. Cabinet locks automatically after lapse of time set guided and monitored by an LED (Light Emitting Diode) device. Another feature is an emergency opening if the radio control transmitter is lost and a manual operation mechanism. It is also battery operated and simple to use.

A unique coded locking system of a file cabinet features two password and combination of numbers for the boss and user. The keypad records and monitors day, date and time cabinet is accessed. When idle, info is displayed on the display screen. Another file cabinet lock has an advanced LCD electronic lock system with a backlit key pad. It features a programmable PIN access and tubular key lock. In choosing file cabinet locks, it is advisable to get the branded locking systems from well known manufacturers.

Whatever your locking system is, be it steel case lock, lock bar system, electrical, mechanical and electronic lock, It is essential that your file cabinet locks are not easily accessed by locksmith thieves or unauthorized individuals. Your confidential and important documents particularly those related to your personal assets or business trade secrets should be protected and kept secure to the maximum at all times.

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The Types Of Door Locks For Your Home

The Types Of Door Locks For Your Home

Posted by on Feb 3, 2017 in Locksmith Services |

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There are so many kinds of door locks present in the market. You can find a door lock that can be used only from the inside. Others have keys that are made up of metal and some plastic. Different kinds of door locks are used for different kinds of abode. Hotels, nowadays, prefer using cards. The guest who would check-in is given identification-card to serve as their keys. This type of keys to lock doors is, most of the time, programmed to be used only during the stay of that particular guest. This special type of keys is used by places that are open for the public so as to facilitate order when there have misplaced key cards.

Did you know that there are many types of door locks? Thanks to Atlanta Locksmith Pros, here are the most common types:

Door handle locks

They are usually found on bathroom doors. The reason why they are usually installed in the bathroom is because they are very insecure as you can easily pick them. They work by preventing the handle from rotating.


From their name, they are keyless. The locks are usually locked and unlocked using a unique code that is entered into a keypad. The cool thing with keyless locks is that they are very secure.

Since there is no keyhole you don’t have to worry of someone picking the lock. Due to their security level, they are found in commercial buildings and other places that require heightened security levels. In addition to being found in homes, you can also install them in your car.


They work just like other locks only that they aren’t manually applied. The locking and unlocking mechanism is run through electronics. The locks are usually opened and closed using a key or code. The good thing with them is that they can’t be picked using the manual lock picking tools. They also can’t be broken by brute force.

Since they are wired electronically, you have to rewire the system if you need to force your entry. Due to this they are very secure.


There are many types of these locks with the most common ones being:

Single-cylinder deadbolt: they are the most common and are characterized by a keyhole on the outside of the door and a notch on the inside. The notch is the one that you turn in order to lock and unlock the door.

Double-cylinder deadbolt: it’s distinguished from the single-cylinder deadbolt by the fact that the portion inside the house has a keyhole instead of a notch.

Surface-mount deadbolt: here a D-shaped apparatus is mounted on the inside portion of the door. These locks play a major role of preventing a burglar from hammering off the deadbolt from the outside.

While deadbolt locks are very effective in their working, they aren’t very secure as you can pick them using the common picking tools.

Commercial locks are widely used in the business environment. It can be a good investment for any business environment since it is able to help them keep the valuable storage safely such as jewelry and electronic. The place for the establishment depends on how heavy-duty you require your lock to be. Deadbolt is highly recommended for you who live in the area with high crime rate since it is more secure.

Exit control

Exit control lock is the popular type of commercial door locks. Commonly, it is used for the back door. It has some regulations to follow. For a more durable lock, you are recommended to choose one with cast aluminum housing so that it is corrosion and attack resistant. In addition, it is easy to install. They are battery powered.

There are a lot of types of exit lock available. You can choose one with the exit bar sign in French, English, Chinese, Italian, German, and Dutch. They commonly come with saw-resistant deadbolt and high decibel alarm horn to prevent the burglary. In addition, you can find some with outside key control.

Card reader

Another type of commercial door lock is card reader lock. It is very convenient to use, to lock and unlock your door. They also come with a sleek and upscale design. They are commonly equipped with an LED light and alarm for indicating the accepted access. In addition, they need card readers to be touched or swiped by the card.

Alarm rim

This type of lock is easy to install. Some are designed with weather and water proof and exceed the code safety requirements. In addition, they are equipped with audible and visual alarms up to 100 decibels.

Fingerprint lock

This is one of the types of door lock which is popular today. With this type of lock, you don’t need any key so that you will not hassle about losing the key. For a more reliable security, you can choose high-tech fingerprint lock. It is designed with biometric technology which is able to sense the fingerprint. Since the access is by using the fingerprint, this lock has the database of the fingerprints which have access to the room. Mostly, they are able to store up to 100 fingerprints. They can also automatically turn on when you put your finger on the sensor.

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A Checklist Everyone Needs When Moving Cross Country

A Checklist Everyone Needs When Moving Cross Country

Posted by on Feb 1, 2017 in Moving Info |

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Moving houses is no walk in the park. It doesn’t matter if you are moving across the continent or just around the corner; it is stressful. Proper planning has to be done weeks before the moving date. And for that a thorough checklist is essential.

The following checklist, by our friends at Cross Country Movers, will come in handy as you prepare for your cross country move. It has been broken down starting from the first eight weeks for moving isn’t a one day only affair.

Eight weeks to moving day

It is highly recommended that you start planning for your big move as early as you can; 8 weeks earlier if possible. During this period you should:

1. Find the best cross country moving company.
You can get reliable information from online reviews. Friends and relatives can also recommend companies that they might have used before. Compare different price quotes and terms of service before settling
2. Order for storage containers and ensure that they are set to arrive on a particular date. The earlier they arrive, the better for you to be able to kickstart the packing process.You can get free storage boxes from liquor stores and office supplies stores.
3. Start shopping around for a moving insurance that will protect your goods during the move. It is also important that the moving company you choose can guarantee insurance. Carefully read through the contract before signing anything.
4. Start organizing and tracking down your important documents such as passports, car licenses, birth certificates and insurance papers.
5. Enquire about new schools for your kids.

Six weeks to moving day

6. Start packing your belongings. The storage containers should be well labeled to make the unpacking process seamless.
7. Get rid of unwanted items. You can either hold a garage sale or donate to charity.
8. Confirm from your employer how much of the expenses and responsibilities the company will be covering; this only applies if the company is paying for your relocation. Make sure to keep any receipts for reimbursement. If you are paying for the relocation yourself, book an appointment with an accountant to confirm which expenses are tax-deductible.

Four weeks to moving day

9. Start cleaning and repainting your rental. Organize for any damages and leakages to be fixed. This is the only way the landlord will refund your full deposit. Most people easily ignore cleaning out the vents and areas behind the fridge and cooker
10. Make arrangements to have your utilities such as gas, cable, water and electricity turned off or transferred.
11. Find out if your new apartment has any requirements you need to organize for in advance.

Two weeks to moving day

12. Start transferring your bank accounts to your new location.
13. Visit the Post Office for a change of address form.
14. Transfer your monthly subscriptions.
15. Take your car to the garage for service, in preparation for the long move.
16. Have your pet’s vaccines updated.
17. Return borrowed items from friends and relatives.
18. Make a meal plan for two weeks so as to have your fridge empty the night before moving.
19. Make hotel bookings if traveling long distance.

One week to moving day

20. Cancel any ongoing gym and club memberships.
21. Finish loading and correctly loading your storage containers.
22. Return any library books and movies.
23. Organize for a final hang out with friends and relatives.
24. Confirm whether your moving truck might need a parking permit. If so, start making arrangements for that.
25. Dispose of corrosives and inflammable that will pose a hazard during the long move.

1 Day to moving

26. Unplug your freezer. Donate any food leftovers to a homeless shelter or soup kitchen.
27. Take photos of all electronics before packing.
28. Empty the oil from the lawn mowers and drain the water from the washing machines and ice makers.
29. Set up an alarm to wake up early the following morning.
30. Leave a welcome note to the future tenants.
31. Take photos of the house before moving as evidence of the state you left it in.

Moving day

32. Conduct a final house inspection to ensure nothing has been left behind.
33. Tip your movers.
34. Leave an honest review on the moving company.

Sticking to this checklist right from week eight will make your moving process less stressful. Nothing will be left behind. It will create more time for you to get familiar with your new neighborhood.

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