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How do I replace a lost file cabinet key?

How do I replace a lost file cabinet key?

If you’ve simply lost the key and need access to the cabinet, it’s not always necessary to replace the lock. Copy the numbers off the front of the lock and take them to a local locksmith, along with a photo of the lock. Most locksmiths will be able to make a replacement key that will operate the cylinder.

What are the parts of a filing cabinet?

File Cabinet Replacement Parts

  • Lateral File Bars for side to side filing.
  • File Rails-front to back filing.
  • Universal / Custom Cut to Length filing holders.
  • Custom File Bar System.
  • Hanging Plastic File Rails for wood drawers.
  • File Cabinet Dividers.
  • File Folder Frames.
  • File Bracket Clips.

How does a lateral file cabinet lock work?

Each file cabinet lock has a tumbler just like a door lock. This tumbler works in the same way. When the key is inserted into the file cabinet lock, the teeth push and roll the tumblers into position, based on the shape of the key.

Can a locksmith make a key for a filing cabinet?

A trained file cabinet locksmith can create a working key by hand. We can also provide various file cabinet locks and desk locks that may be missing or broken. Sometimes these locks have not been used in a long time, do not operate correctly, or are just missing altogether. Not to worry!

Is it cheaper to rekey or replace locks?

Due to the extremely low price of the key pins in the locks, rekeying is almost always much cheaper than getting your locks changed. When rekeying your locks, you are only being charged for the labor, whereas when you get your locks changed, you’re paying both for labor and parts.

How does a filing cabinet mechanism work?

Each file cabinet lock has a tumbler, just like a door lock that works in the same way. When you insert the key into the file cabinet lock, the teeth push and roll the tumblers into position. If the right key is used, the tumblers lock into the open position, and you can turn the key in the file cabinet lock.

Why are filing cabinets so heavy?

Some file cabinets are built to be fireproof. Such cabinets are heavier because their walls are built with special encapsulated chambers filled with vermiculite (a lightweight, highly water-absorbent clay mineral) and several gallons of water.

Can you install a lock on a file cabinet?

If you have a broken existing lock on your filing cabinet, you can try replacing an existing lock. Without one, a file locking bar can lock down as many drawers as you want. It’s secured by your choice of padlock, so invest in a quality lock.

How does a file cabinet lock work?

How do you remove a drawer from a file cabinet?

Conventionally, the most common way to remove a drawer from a filing cabinet is to rock it. It involves pulling the drawer all the way out, and then pulling it again so that its wheels come out of the rails. Similarly, the rear wheels of the drawers will come out as you apply more pressure.

What is a lateral file?

Lateral Files are a newer breed. They’re wider and sit closer to the wall, instead of sticking out so far into the room. They usually accommodate letter-sized files or legal-sized files. They often have built in sides that you can hang legal-sized hanging files on directly.

What is a locked cabinet?

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