rim cylinder

How to Tell the Difference Between a Mortise Cylinder and a Rim Cylinder

On first glance, a rim cylinder may appear no different from a mortise cylinder. It can take some inspection in order to figure out just what type of lock you are working with. While installed, these cylinders look very similar. They come in similar sizes and often have a trim piece that keeps them secure […]

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Cams & Tailpieces – How Cylinders Work

A few weeks ago, I reviewed the different types of cylinders; I thought it would be fitting to move on to  the mechanics a cylinder uses to operate a device – the cam or tailpiece.  Cams and tailpieces attach to the back of the cylinder.  When the key is turned, it rotates the cam or […]

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