Locksmiths trade jargon

Jargon by trade
Astragal

A type of moulding that is used to cover the gap where two doors meet.

Backplate

A plate that is attached to a door, to which a nightlatch can be fixed.

Bit

The part of the key into which the teeth are cut.

Bolt

A piece of metal which sticks out from the lock mechanism and sits in the keep or strike plate, holding the door in place.

Bow

The end of a key that is held in the fingers.

BS 3621

British Standards 3621: The consumer standard which modern locks should meet.

Cylinder

The central part of a lock containing pins or tumblers, into which the key is entered.

Deadlock

Also known as a deadbolt; a single lock turned by a key which moves a bolt into the latch.

 

Furniture

Items fitted to the door including handles and plates, door knockers, letterboxes.

 

Jamb

The vertical part of a door or window frame.

Multi-point lock

A type of lock mechanism that has more than one locking point, typically found on PVCu doors.

Nightlatch

A type of lock fitted to the inside of a door with a latch on a spring that engages automatically. Commonly referred to as a Yale lock.

Striking plate

Also know as a striker or keep. A metal plate fixed to the door frame or jamb into which the bolt fits, securing the door.

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