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MORTISE LOCK

A mortise lock is a lock that requires a pocket—the mortise—to be cut into the door into which the lock is to be fitted. Recently it has been more common in commercial and upmarket residential construction in Singapore. Dead locks are commonly used as a secure backup to a sprung non-deadlocking latch, usually a pin tumbler rim lock.

The parts included in the typical US mortise lock installation are the lock body (the part installed inside the mortise cut-out in the door); the lock trim (which may be selected from any number of designs of door knobs, levers, handle sets and pulls strike plate, or a box keep, which lines the hole in the frame into which the bolt fits in and the keyed cylinder which operates the locking/unlocking function of the lock body. However, in most other countries, mortise locks on dwellings do not use cylinders, but have lever mechanisms.

The installation of a mortise lock cannot generally be undertaken by the average homeowner since it is labor-intensive and requires a working knowledge of woodworking tools and methods. Many installation specialists use a mortising jig which makes precise cutting of the pocket a simple operation, but the subsequent installation of the external trim can still prove problematic if the installer is inexperienced.

The purpose of a mortise lock is to act as a combination of locks. It is dual action meaning that it acts as a door knob and a deadbolt.

 

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