A Rim Cylinder is that medium-sized circular lock found on almost every wood front door, It is an old-style lock that is now going out of fashion with ever more people preferring the UPVC type of door. It can offer an upgraded option that allows the lock to be deadlocked rather than using it as a latch which requires a key to make it retract. Many people who have a Rim Cylinder or purchase one from a locksmith or supplier tend to go for the most popular one which is a standard night latch that offers very low security to your home or business. People are unaware of the low security which these locks hold James Cardiff Locksmith makes the customer aware of these locks on a job if they are fitted and gives them opportunities to upgrade their security system to the home.
Rim Cylinders can also be found in many shops. These then are called Mortice Rim Cylinders they offer a much higher level of protection against attacks. The locking mechanism which a Mortice rim cylinder fits into offers a deadlock style locking system that offers a hook on the end to maximizes security.
A Rim Cylinder has a Plug running through the entire lock which consists of pins inside the plug. They will have a circlip at the rear of the lock holding the plug in place. The number of pins can offer different types of security levels. The pins also can offer different types of security. There are pins called spool pins which makes the lock very difficult to pick as a locksmith with a lot of experience can find these very tricky to feel. They could also offer hardened pins which offer a higher level against being able to drill the lock open.
A mortice Rim Cylinder will have to screw into place with the entire lock having to be turned. It is also operated in a different style of locking and unlocking compared to a standard Rim Cylinder and often needs a locksmith to fit one of these as a little more knowledge is needed. A traditional Rim Cylinder is fixed from two solid screws from the back of the door.
When fitting a Rim Cylinder they should never be fitted lose as this is not fitted right. If you are unsure about the fitting of Locks please ring your 24-hour locksmith James for a free quote. We are able to open all locks in an emergency at your request. James is also your Lock Guy for Auto Locksmith
Replacement of Rim cylinders is a common job seen by locksmiths including one of the jobs from ourselves, Takes a locksmith anything from 5 mins to 20 minutes to change your average rim cylinder. As more people are getting to grips with the DIY skills we do see a lot fewer calls for us to change these but we advise all people that locks should be changed by a professionally competent person due to how a lock works and the risk of one not being fitted correctly can do. We also supply and change locks on many more lock types than just rim cylinders.
Any new lock that is supplied comes with new keys and would have never been installed upon someone else's door before yours.