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’Tis the Season for Frozen / Iced Locks!
December 17, 2013
Deck the halls with Silicone- and Teflon®-based lubricants to keep your fa-la-la-locks working.
During the winter, doors that face west typically have the most trouble with freezing up due to prevailing winds. This is caused by blowing snow finding its way into the cylinder and creating ice, which will make it very difficult to insert your key. To prevent this, the best thing to do is to spray a Silicone- or Teflon®-based lubricant into the lock BEFORE a snowstorm. If a lock does freeze up, the same product usually will clear the ice for you. In a pinch, if you have the ability, a hair dryer will also help clear the ice from the lock. Note: When purchasing a deicer, carefully check the ingredients – many lock deicers sold in stores are alcohol-based, which is not recommended for use. Have questions? Contact Lappen for more information.
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