Padlocks Technical Advice Centre

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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 […]

Do you need help working out which padlock would suit your shipping container?

I am getting a container delivered so I need to lock it off. Can you tell me which padlock fits a standard container? We often get asked for padlocks that fit a standard container. At first glance containers may look all the same, however, the fittings on the containers can vary enormously. To work out […]

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 small outdoor padlocks can we use to secure ladders onto a vehicle roof?

Our workforce have to carry ladders on the top of their vehicles and we need to be able to lock them into place. This has been requested by one of the sites they are visiting/working on. We want it so that any of the teams can access the ladders and that they do not need […]

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 […]

Which hasp and staple fitting will go with my padlock?

I am buying a new padlock and need the fitting to go with it but I am not sure how to tell which one will fit. Is there a way I can see which one should be suitable? There are a couple of things to think about when selecting the fittings and this will largely […]

Do you have weatherproof padlocks with keys we can use on our beach hut?

We have three long shackle padlocks on our beach hut and someone has tried to cut through one of them. Luckily they didn’t get in but we have decided to change them for closed shackle ones to make it as hard as possible. As the hut is right on the coast we need the padlocks […]

Do you need a high security padlock that is happy in all weathers?

For those wanting something from our higher security range there is the Abus Extreme 83WP/53 padlock, complete with high security features and yet highly weatherproof. The hardened alloy steel shackles, anti-pick barrels and the increased security technology of the double ball bearing locking mechanism, makes this lock an ideal high security measure. The incorporation of […]