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We've done some basic automotive locksmith trivia, and then now we're going to hardware trivia. Once again, we're going to have five questions and you’ll be given a minute to think and answer. I tried to mix it up a little bit. Hopefully, there's going to be a few that you'll find pretty easy. A few maybe a little tricky if you haven't been around doing any sort of hardware type of work. I added an extra one for fun, just to see if I could get a couple of you. I hope you all enjoy.

Q1: Is this a Rim or Vertical Rod Exit Device?


This is a Rim Exit Device. It is because you can see where the latch mechanism is. Right there on the left that goes into. It kind of like a normal device. The same way like a normal lock would work. When there's a rod - when you see a rod that's either going up or going down, or both, that's going to be a Vertical Rod.

Q2:  What type of cam is needed on the back of this mortise cylinder?


If you look at that glass aluminum style front door, you're going to see the cylinder that's wrapped between the handles there. When you look at a door like this standard storefront door, what cam is on the back of the mortise cylinder. Why is that important? Well, it's going to be important that if you're going to be switching out the cylinder, or if you're going to be replacing the cylinder, maybe with a different key way, something like that. You always need to know and have what type of cam is going to be used to make sure you're prepared when you do the job.

The answer to the question is B. That B is going to be the Adams Rite Cam, which is going to be found on those style doors. The reason it's called Adams Rite most of the time is because the OEM lock manufacturer is called Adams Rite. It's an actual company. It's a Assa Abloy company. AR is the code that you always want to look out for. From the options, if you look at the very far right, you'll see E. A lot of times that cam can be mistaken for the AR cam, but in an emergency, you'll find that cam can just cut that sucker down a little bit. Sucker. That's a technical term in this case, and so it is B.

Q3: This lock has a Schlage C keyway cylinder in it,  the customer has a Sargent LA (S22) Key. Can you just replace the cylinder, or do you need to install a new lock?

In other words, do we need to take that Schlage lock off the door and put a Sargent lock on that has the S22, or can we just replace the cylinder? The answer is that you can just replace the cylinder when it comes to commercial hardware. You can just buy replacement cylinders and just replace them.

For extra credit, what's the term that is commonly used in the industry? And what are the cylinders called? Even bonus points if you know the GM's part number.

The cylinder is commonly called either a key and knob or a key and lever or just like a KIK. One of those terms and they're all referring to essentially the same thing. When it comes to commercial lock hardware Grade 1 -2, 99.9% of hardware out there maybe 98%, a large percentage is always going to copy the Schlage original design. That's why even Arrow or Sargent, whatever it might be, they all essentially mimic the Schlage original design on the actual cylinder there. As far as the part number goes you can use the K001.

Q4: What is this used for?


If you don't know what this is, you're going to be pleasantly surprised when you know what it is. I guarantee that you're going to find it useful as well. It's a thimble strike, or sometimes known as a thumb strike. I'm guessing because you can put your thumb in it. Here’s an example on how it works. Typically, when you were to install a deadbolt on a wooden jamb, after you drill your hole to where the latch goes in, at that point, you would mortise out around where the strike plate would go. And then you would recess that strike, play it in, and make it look nice and pretty. And you'd be done. Right? Well, in metal door applications in a commercial type setting, there's a metal door frame. You can't take your chisel out and just chisel at it, right? Doesn't work. So you pretty much have two options at that at this point. One option is that you can cut out. Mark it and you can cut it out. And like we saw, these little major adapters that you screw on, you can screw the strike plate to it, that is an option. A good one depending on the situation. The other option is, in that one-inch hole that you just got done drilling, you just push this in. Now typically you're going to have to, it'll go most of the way. You can see towards the top; you're going to see that there's a little push out pieces so it doesn't wiggle around. So you'll get it there, kind of put a piece of wood on there and hit it with a hammer to pop it all the way in. And then, there's a screw that goes in there where you can screw it in to the back to the framing. So that's; it's a great depending on the situation. Having some of these thimble strikes in your possession when you're going out and doing deadbolt installations on commercial doors, depending on the application, can be a  great thing.

Q5: Is this a Cassette lock or Mortise lock?

Technically, it is a Mortise lock. However, the reason I want to talk about this is so many people out there actually refer to these locks as Cassette locks. And at first I was really confused until I remembered that if you really think about that lock, if you take the stuff off of it, you're literally like sliding it in. Just like a Cassette into a VHS or tape in your car. But, of course, it is a Mortise lock. You might run into a situation where someone's talking about a Cassette lock. And I'll be honest with you, but for the longest time I was like, 'Man, I have no idea what is that lock is.' This is confusing, right? But that's what it is. So, Mortise lock, technical term. Your Urban Dictionary term might be Cassette lock. There you go. So That's a fun one. It's kind of a tricky one. But yeah, I hope you guys found that helpful.

Those are the five questions for locksmith trivia – hardware edition. I would love to know what you think of them next time. When we do a hardware edition, do you want me to go harder? Let me know! I'll get it all. Go as difficult as you want. Did you get five out of five? Four out of five? Three out of five? I'd love to know. Thank you, and we will see you.

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