Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Identifying the Correct Strike Plate for your Lock

What is a strike plate? A strike plate is a metal plate that has a hole or holes for the bolt of a lock. The strike plate is typically attached by screws, and is aligned with the lock. Aligning the strike plate with the lock allows the latch to have a place to fit into when the door is closed. Strike plates also add protection and security to the locks, especially when using longer screws to install the plate. Another type of protection provided by strike plates is to help protect the doors from the rubbing that comes with use of locks.

The right strike plate for your lock can be found by measuring the lock and identifying the shape of the latch and door frame. EasyKeys has various options, including the correct strike plate for you!

Some of our best sellers are listed below, but there are many more available on our strike plates page.

CompX Timberline Strike Plate
 CompX Timberline Strike Plate

Angled strike plate, 90 degree, Screw-Mounted, Black finish

CompX Timberline Strike Plate

Timberline angle strike plate, 90 Degree, screw-mounted - works with CB-250 lock and other Timberline locks.

CompX Timberline Strike Plate

Timberline strike plate - works with CB-250 lock and other Timberline locks.

CompX Timberline Strike Plate

Screw-Mounted, Black finish. Strike plate works best with retracting and protracting bolts like on CB-230 and CB-280 locks.

As always, EasyKeys is happy to assist with any questions. However, to prevent the spread of COVID-19, EasKeys services are operating at a limited capacity. Please use LiveChat or Email for Customer Support during this time. We hope you are all safe and healthy!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Everything You Need to Know About Cam Locks

EasyKeys.com has just the cam lock for your needs!  We have cam locks for furniture, cam locks for cabinets, and cam locks for drawers.  Before we start sounding too much like Bubba Blue from Forrest Gump, let’s just say we have it covered.  EasyKeys.com offers a wide selection of cam locks by ESP Lock, CompX Security, CCL, A-ZUM, Craftsman, Kimball Office, Olympus Lock, Ojmar, and Wesko.  Now we definitely sound like Bubba! 

Cam locks are a type of lock that does not require an entire locking mechanism, and work pretty simply.  The lock has a cam - the metal piece that goes inside of the door or drawer - and it will hold the door or drawer shut.  With the key, the lock turns either 90 or 180 degrees, which causes the cam to turn and release the door or drawer. Cam locks can be installed to fit your exact need - either turning the cam right or left, or up and down.  Another option available is the offset cam. An offset cam allows the locks to be used when the drawer or door is not flush.

To find your perfect cam lock, you will need to measure the thickness of the door or drawer, as well as the length from the lock hole to the edge of the molding or furniture.

Our cam lock options will work for wooden cabinets, doors, or drawers.  As always, if you need assistance finding the correct option for you, please contact us!

Here are a few of our most popular options:

ESP 5/8" Cam Lock
This lock comes with two keys, includes parts to allow for 90 to 180 degree rotation, restricted key pull, and straight or offset cams.  Duplicate keys can be made from IN8 key blanks.

CompX Timberline Double Door Cam Lock

This cam lock is available as just the cylinder body or as a lock kit with a lock core and key.  These locks are available keyed alike or keyed differently. This double door cam lock requires a 16.5 mm hole for installation.  Strike plates are not included but can be ordered.  

CompX National Disc Tumbler 1-3/4" Cam Locks
This CompX cam lock is for drawers, R.H. or L.H. doors with lipped/overlay construction (straight cam) or flush construction (formed cam). For an overlay application, the combined thickness of front and frame cannot exceed the 1 3/4" cylinder length.  The cam turn can be 90 or 180 degrees, and the key is removable in the locked and unlocked position. Includes two keys, trim washer, spur washer (for wood), mounting nut, two cams, and two stop washers. FlexaCam spacers are also supplied.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Replacement Lock Options For Your Mailbox

You’ve got mail! Although this reference may be outdated, snail mail is still current.

There are many types of mail and even though some are more exciting than others - like a birthday card versus a bill - all of them are important. Whether it’s a card from your mom, or (hopefully) a check, mail needs to be kept secure. That’s where mailbox locks come in!

EasyKeys carries multiple mailbox lock and mailbox key options, including options for interior and exterior mailboxes. All of the mailbox locks carried at EasyKeys have been approved by the United States Postal Service and are quality mailbox lock replacements. Various secure mailbox locks and keys are available from multiple manufacturers such as ESP / Hudson Lock, CompX National, CCL Security Products, and Wind Hardware and Engineering. As always, our lock pros can help you find the perfect lock for your needs!

ESP Non-Dust Shuttered Spring Clip

The ESP Non-Dust Shuttered Spring Clip lock is a universal mailbox lock package that is keyed differently. One lock comes with two keys, five OEM replacement cams, and two different gauge mounting clips. The key rotates counter-clockwise 90 degrees and the key is removable in the locked position only. This lock package has the option of being master keyed with six or more packages.

ESP Threaded Hex Nut

The ESP Threaded Hex Nut lock comes with two nickel plated keys, five OEM replacement cams, and a mount with a hex nut. The cylinder length is 812, and the face diameter is ⅞”. The key rotates counter-clockwise 90 degrees, and the key is only removable in the locked position. This lock is ideal for high security applications with oversized door thickness.

CompX National Pin Tumbler Mailbox Lock

The CompX National Pin Tumbler Mailbox Lock is for exterior pedestal-mounted neighborhood boxes. This lock includes a keyway dust shutter for lock protection, and is clip mounted. The C9100 and C9200 are the only mailbox locks approved by the USPS for 4C (CBU) mailboxes. The C9100 operates clockwise, while the C9200 operates counter clockwise. The key is removable in locked position only. This lock is only available keyed differently and includes a spring clip, mounting nut, and three keys.

Postal locks for mailboxes are commonly found in colleges, universities, commercial buildings, and mail centers. Regardless of the location or options needed, EasyKeys has the ideal lock for you.