Padlocks Technical Advice Centre

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I have multiple access points, can I use the same padlock key?

I have multiple access points to the same large site and the visitors do not always use the same entrance. This is a site out in the country that has a number of access roads. I don’t really want to have to give all the users a lot of keys so they can use any […]

The fittings on my gate barrier do not line up. How can I padlock it?

I have a barrier that I need to padlock but the bar fitting does not line up with the plate on the post. The gate fitting sits lower so the holes on the fittings are staggered. Unfortunately I can’t change either the gate bar or the post and the holes in the fittings are too […]

Locking off vehicle access with a padlocked parking post

There are situations when a track or drive needs to be closed off to vehicles but still allow access to pedestrians. The use of a folding parking post, locked off with a suitable padlock, is ideal. By securing the post in the upright position you can close off a drive or track to vehicles yet […]

How many different keys does one set of padlocks have?

A good question and one that varies hugely between different sizes and different manufacturers.Padlocks have what are known as ‘differs’, or the amount of unique padlocks within a batch. This means that after a certain number of locks are produced off the production line, they will begin to repeat. This is inevitable due to the […]

What are ‘Master Keyed’ padlocks?

A ‘Master Key’ padlock is a unique padlock with its’ own key but part of a larger set. The whole set then can be overridden by what is known as the ‘Master-Key’. For obvious reasons the master-key should be kept secure as an unauthorised copy would compromise the security of the whole set. Due to […]

What are Keyed Alike Padlocks?

For convenience many people will buy a number of padlocks and want them all to be identical and work from the same set of keys. These are known as ‘Keyed Alike padlocks’ and are sometimes also called ‘suited padlocks‘ or ‘same key padlocks‘. Since their cost is often only marginally more expensive than ‘keyed different’ […]