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Steps to help Identify your multipoint door lock

Identify your multipoint door lock - in steps

Identifying a multipoint door lock can be relatively straightforward if you know what to look for. These types of locks typically have multiple locking points along the length of the door, rather than just a single deadbolt. Together, these locking points provide a higher level of security than a traditional single-point lock.

In the sections that follow, we will detail the steps necessary to accomplish each of these steps. Once you have gathered all the necessary information, visit our uPVC Multipoint door lock page and choose the lock that best suits your needs.

Step One: Identifying the Face Plate Type

Measuring the faceplate

First off, let’s talk about faceplates. These come in various sizes—think 16mm, 20mm, and the chunkier 44mm. You’ll also notice they can either have rounded (radius) or sharp (square) ends. Knowing your faceplate type is a great first step in the identification game.

Step Two: Identifying the Brand of the Lock

Identify the multipoint lock brand

Next up is figuring out the brand. Most manufacturers are kind enough to stamp their name right on the faceplate. But don’t worry if you don’t see a brand name; sometimes, you’ll find an identifying mark instead. Even if you’re still in the dark about the brand, the information coming up will still be a huge help.

Step Three: Centre Box

multipoint lock centre box

Now, let’s focus on the centre box, also known as the centre case or gearbox. This crucial component sits at the heart of your lock. Interestingly, in certain locks, the centre box is positioned higher than usual. To accurately pinpoint it, we’re going to delve into a few specific details:

Back Set

back set

This is the distance from the spindle’s centre to the front of the face plate. The usual suspects are 45mm or 35mm.

PZ Centres

Measure from the keyway centre (where the door cylinder sits) to the spindle’s centre. Got dual spindles? Measure both for accuracy.

Spindle Type

A single spindle works identically on both sides. A split spindle creates distinct inside and outside handle operations. Dual spindle? Exactly—it means two spindle holes.

Key Type

Most locks use a Euro cylinder hole. But you might also come across a mortise-style lock.

Centre Box Security

Some centre boxes have different security features. Examples of such would be deadbolts or hooks.

Step Four: Additional Security

multipoint lock additional security

Alright, let’s shift our focus from the centre box to what lies beyond. It’s time to tally up any extra security elements your lock might have. We’re talking about features like hooks, rollers, or those nifty anti-lift pins that thwart attempts at jimmying, essentially forcing the lock open. Keep in mind that each manufacturer adds their own special touch to these designs, so it’s worth paying attention to these details.

Step Five: Hook Measurements

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Multipoint door lock hook measurements

Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty with the hook measurements. What you’re looking for here is the distance between the top and bottom hook, or maybe between the hook and the deadbolt. The best approach? Measure right from the heart of each hook box. Just a heads-up: make sure those hooks aren’t latched. And hey, if the numbers seem a bit odd, like they don’t quite fit the typical multipoint lock mould, switch it up. Try measuring from the hook to the gearbox instead. It’s a sure-fire way to nail that precision we’re after.

Step Six: Locking Types

Multipoint door lock locking types

Following our deep dive into hook measurements, let’s shimmy over to the locking types. At the top of the popularity chart is the lift lever. A simple lift of the door handle and your security is engaged. But that’s just the start. There’s also the ‘key wind’ option, where you continuously turn the key to engage the lock. And for a touch of modern convenience, consider automatic locks, affectionately known as slam locks. Close the door, and the lock springs into action like magic. This variety ensures your door’s security is not just robust but also tailored to your lifestyle.

Step Seven: Extendable Locks

multipoint lock Extendable Locks

Tapping into the extendable locks, these are your lock world’s chameleons. Eyeing an extra layer of security with additions like shoot bolts? Your first move is to scout for available ‘teeth’ on the lock. This is where extendable locks shine—their adaptability. They let you tailor your security, transforming a standard door into a fortified barrier. It’s not just about locking up; it’s about elevating your peace of mind with a lock that flexes to fit your security desires. Extendable locks: they’re like having a personal security tailor at your service.

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