Padlocks Technical Advice Centre

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A padlock for all seasons with this multi-purpose lock

The Abus Silver Rock range is an excellent all round performance padlock complete with zinc body and hardened steel shackle. Traditionally, zinc is known as a ‘soft’ metal given to corroding easily so is usually found combined with other metals in alloys. However, Abus have developed this special type of zinc solid bodied padlock that […]

Do you have an outdoor combination padlock with an override key?

Do you have a heavy duty outdoor combination padlock that I can override with a key? I have a lot of people who need to have access for a set period of time but then the group changes. I do not want them to be able to change the code whilst they are using the […]

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 […]

Do you have an outdoor padlock long enough to secure my tank fitting?

I need to lock off some diesel bowsers. These are basically diesel tanks on a trailer. The trouble I am having is finding a padlock that has a long enough loop but not too long as it gets in the way of other fittings. The loop needs to be a minimum inner height of 40mm […]

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 […]

My padlock has been cut off! What padlock can I replace it with?

We have communal garden gates to our flats and someone has cut off the padlock whilst trying to break into the property. We need to replace it with something more secure as this has now concerned all the residents as to how easy it was to get into the gardens. Do you have something that […]

Saltwater / weather testing of padlocks

We have been asked a few times how a manufacturer can claim that its padlocks will work after 10 years outdoors for example. Some larger brands of padlock who have had the same model in the market for over 10 years and can actually see their locks have coped or failed. However, most will use […]

Do I need a fully weatherproof padlock?

A fully weatherproof padlock is one that uses 100% stainless and non-corrosive materials. They are also know as marine padlocks and suitable for saline and other extreme environments. This is a common question and often the answer is no. The first thing to seize up and prevent a padlock from functioning properly is the internal […]