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FAQ's DL16 - Mortice Deadlocks for Doors

Where can I use this door lock?

These deadlocks are generally used on timber/wooden doors. They are ideal as a second lock where a nightlatch or rim lock is present on the door. A lot of customers use them when the house is empty or when they go to bed at night to secure the external doors. They really are excellent secondary type deadlocks from the main day to day latch type lock.

How do I measure the size I need from the two sizes available?

Generally speaking there are two standard sizes and referred to as 2.5" (inch) or 3" (inch) sizes. Take your existing lock out and measure the lock case depth (the amount going into the door) or you can measure from the edge of the door to the centre of the key as follows: 2.5" (63mm) is 44mm, 3" (75mm) is 57mm.

Will this door lock comply with insurance standards?

Yes. Insurance companies require 5 lever mortice locks that meet BS3621:2007 and this Era mortice deadlock meets it.

What is a 5 lever mortice lock?

There are 5 levers inside the deadlock which makes the picking of the deadlock more difficult. Each of these levers engages with the key. If you look at the key pattern you will see there are 5 grooves in the key for the 5 levers and you can count the grooves to check. When picking the deadlock there is more to deal with to pick 5 levers than the conventional 2 or 3 lever designs found on interior doors.

Is there anything else that makes this product more secure than others on the market?

This Era deadlock has false notches cut into the levers inside the deadlock and this will confuse anyone trying to pick it. Not only 5 levers to pick but the false-cuts will throw a 'pick attack' right off course. If that's not enough then the throw bolt has special hardened plates sandwiched into the throw bolt and you will see this via the black lines showing down the end of the deadbolt and this will stop anyone trying to hacksaw the bolt or drill the bolt in any way. These locks are also Police endorsed through the Secured by Design programme which exceeds anything required by the insurance industry as things stand.

Are these DL16 door locks easy to fit?

If you already have a mortice deadlock then you will generally find that the lock case is around the same size so should slot straight into the door. You need to select the 2.5 inch size or the 3 inch and this referred to as the depth of the lock case. The lock and key position is then in the same position. Study the diagram on the details page for more information for more sizes. If you don't have a mortice deadlock in your door then you will need to chip out a cavity to accept it and if you are not DIY minded that's a job for a Chippy! The strike plate/catch will need to be finished into the door frame and this may also need some DIY work to make a tidy job.

Are the locks handed?

You don't need to worry about the handing as these deadlocks are a universal fit so you can turn the latch easily yourself to the correct position/swing by following the instructions provided in the box of contents.

Can I get extra keys cut?

We don't cut these type of keys but you can get them from any reputable high street locksmith.

Do you carry stock of this product?

Yes we are an Era lock stockist but occasionally if we do go out of stock we can replenish the stock within days. Check the green tick is showing as 'In Stock' above in the details if you need to be certain and require it immediately.

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