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What is the best padlock to lock a garden shed?

  The best padlock to lock up your shed will need to be weatherproof and suitable for the job in hand. Here are some tips to help you decide what type of padlock you should consider. As the padlock will be used outdoors, people often presume that you need to use a marine grade padlock. […]

Welcome to the new high security marine grade padlock!

Abus have introduced a fully marine grade high security padlock into the Granit range. The Abus 37ST/55 is constructed with a 12mm shackle and large body in stainless steel, along with inner components made from non-corrosive materials. Stainless steel is known to be a softer metal than hardened steel but Abus have brought both strength […]

The best way to secure a motorbike using a combination of padlock, chains and anchor.

I need to secure my motorbike to help stop it being stolen when I park it up. I also want some way of securing it when it is in the garage, preferably something a little more of a permanent fixture. Do you stock anything like this? Your bike may well come with steering lock, so […]

Securing a canoe to your roof rack using weatherproof cables.

We have just bought a canoe to use when we are away on holiday. We will need to secure to our roof rack whilst travelling but we will also like to secure it once we get to the campsite. This will then mean we do not have to take the canoe with us if we […]

How to make sure your bike is securely locked.

How do I make sure that my bike is secure? I am often out on my bike so need something I can lock it up with when I stop but I also want to make sure it is safe at home. Do you have any suggestions? Whether you have a top racing bike or the […]

How can I work out which padlock fits my shipping container?

We often get asked for padlocks that fit a standard container. To work out which padlock will fit then it is best to start with a look at the fittings on your container. At first glance containers may look all the same, however, the fittings on the containers can vary enormously. If you have not […]

How to keep your keys safe when stored outside your home or car.

There are times when you need to leave a spare key to allow visitor access. Gone are the days where you can simply pop a spare key under the flowerpot or doormat. Instead you could install the Masterlock key safe which is available in both small and large sizes. This simple box can easily be […]

Which outdoor padlock is best to lock ladders to a vehicle?

Many working sites now require ladders to be secured to any vehicles carrying them and where holes on roof brackets are often only about 7mm wide, the outdoor padlocks need to be quite small. These padlocks are ideal for the job. Any of these options can be supplied as key differ or keyed alike so […]

A good quality weatherproof padlock that suits many applications.

Sometimes you need a good quality all-purpose padlock that is robust enough to be used outdoors as well as indoors. The laminated Abus 41 series is one such padlock that is available in a number of sizes. These laminated padlocks are not to be confused with the cheaper alternative you can now find on the […]

What is the best hasp and staple fitting for my padlock?

It can be hard to work out which hasp and staple fitting is best to use with your padlock. There are a couple of things to think about when selecting the fittings and this will largely depend on the padlocks you intend to use and where they will be located. Here are some handy tips […]