2023.07.12

FEDERAL CLASSROOM EP6- Finding the perfect lock is a breeze! But how do you choose the right one?

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# Finding the perfect lock is a breeze! But how do you choose the right one?

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Do people often buy locks based on their favorite style or color? Only to realize later, after trying to use it, that it doesn't fit or work properly?

Buying an unsuitable lock and then going through the hassle of returning or exchanging it can indeed be time-consuming and inconvenient. However, it can be made much easier and simpler if you know the measurement specifications beforehand.

### Expert Tip for Choosing Locks 1 - Measuring the Diameter of the Hole

It is essential for the diameter of the hole to be larger than the diameter of the shackle, as illustrated in the diagram below. The diameter of the shackle, represented by Size A, must be smaller than the diameter of the hole, represented by Size B. Otherwise, our shackle will not be able to pass through the hole and lock securely.

There are various styles and designs of holes, but the one constant factor is that they need to be measured at the point where the shackle needs to pass through. As shown in the example below, regardless of size and style, you only need to measure the diameter and find a shackle that is smaller than the diameter of the hole.

Therefore, when making a purchase, it is essential to pay special attention to whether the padlock you are buying can fit through the hole you intend to lock. Ensuring a proper fit between the shackle and the hole is crucial for the lock to function effectively and securely.

### Expert Tip for Choosing Locks 2 - Measuring the Distance Between Holes

There are generally two types of distances between holes: vertical inner distance and horizontal inner distance.

As shown in the diagram below, based on the dimensions of the lock hook, the horizontal inner distance is X, and the vertical inner distance is Y. The vertical inner distance can also be referred to as the hook length, indicating the inner length of the lock hook.

When measuring the distance between the holes of your item that you want to lock, for horizontal distances, check if the distance between the holes (C dimension) is smaller than the inner distance of the lock hook (X dimension). If it is, you can securely lock it.

Similarly, for vertical distances, measure the distance between the vertical holes (D dimension) and check if it is smaller than the inner distance of the lock hook (Y dimension). It's important to note that when measuring the distance between the holes, you should measure the outer distance.

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Now that you have a deeper understanding of these two important measurement methods, you have gained valuable insights into choosing the right hanging lock. The measurement process before selecting a lock is crucial as it significantly reduces the chances of purchasing the wrong lock.

If you have any further questions or need assistance, please feel free to click on the "Contact Us" button above to get in touch with us. We wish you success in finding the perfect lock that meets your needs.