Locksmith-Dictionary I-L

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  • imitation bma: An electro deposited powder or lacquer finish on metal to simulate as nearly as possible the genuine Bronze Metal Antique finish. It is known as lBMA.
  • impressioning: A means of fitting a key directly to a locked cylinder by manipulating a blank in the keyway and cutting the blank where the tumlbers have made marks.
  • interconnected lockset: A lockset whose trim provides a means of simultaneous retraction of two or more bolts which may also be operated independently.

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  • jamb: The inside vertical face of a doorway.

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  • keep or keeper: A term sometimes used, particularly in the North, for a staple or striking plate.
  • key change: A term sometimes used instead of "differ". The change or differ of the key is generally indicated by number, and sometimes numbers and letters marked an the bow.
  • key code: A series of numbers or digits on a key or lock that specifies or references the particular cuts of the key to operate a lock.
  • key steps or key depths: This term usually means the bolt step and lever steps of a key for a lever lock.
  • keyway: The part of the plug where you insert the key.
  • keyway grooves: Long narrow milled out areas along the sides of the blade to allow the blade to bypass the wards in the keyway.

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  • latch: A mechanical device which automatically keeps a door closed until a deliberate action is used to retract it.
  • latchset: A latch complete with necessary furniture including a spindle, ready for fixing to the door.
  • lever handle: A piece of lock or latch furniture, usually on a rose or plate, for use as an alternative to a knob for operating the springbolt of a lock or latch. All British lever handles are spring-loaded to ensure the return to horizontal after use.
  • lever lock: Lock with levers that are each lifted to the correct level by a bit key or flat metal key to enable the lock to operate.
  • lever mechanism: A lock mechanism having, as its principle feature, one or more levers.
  • lever pack: A set of lever tumblers.
  • lever pivot: The stump in a lock on which the levers swing.
  • lever tumbler: Usually a flat, spring-loaded tumbler which pivots on a post.
  • link plate: The complementary member of box, desk and other locks which is fixed to the lid or some part of a cabinet, for example, and has one or more projecting links to enter the lock and engage the bolt.
  • lip (of striking plate): The projection on one side of a striking plate on the surface of which the springbolt of the lock or latch first strikes when the door is closed.
  • lock: Any device which prevents access or use by requiring special knowledge or equipment.
  • lockable bolt: A bolt that can be shot and locked in position by the use of a removable key.
  • locking latch: A latch with a bevelled springbolt or roller bolt which is capable of being lacked or secured, usually by key.
  • lockset: A lock complete with necessary furniture including a spindle, ready for fixing to the door.
  • locksmith: A person with the knowledge and ability to select, install, service and bypass all the components of an electrical or mechanical lock.
  • London strip: A steel bar fitted to the inside face of a door frame, shaped to accommodate the staple or striker of a rim latch lock.
  • long shackle (LS): A padlock shackle with a greater amount of clearance than the normal standard shackle.
  • lower pins: The pins of a lock that contact the cuts on the key. Also called bottom pins.
  • lubrication: On no account should oil be used to lubricate pin-tumbler cylinders. Graphite is the conventional lubricant for this mechanism.

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