What is a cam style lock?

The cam lock is one of the simplest and now most common locks used in the construction of cabinets and other pieces of furniture. It is simply a cylindrical fastener which consists of a metal plate (the cam), that is attached to a locking device core.

Are there different size cam locks?

The standard lengths for cam locks are including 5/8″, 7/8″, 1-1/8″ and 1-3/8″.

Are all tubular cam lock keys the same?

Tubular cam locks (sometimes called the ace cam lock) are keyed alike at 73251 with two keys per lock. Each key will fit with each lock that you purchase.

What is a cam lock screw?

Cam or locking screws are 2-part screws where the cam is fitted in one piece and the screw in a piece to be joined to this piece. By slotting the two pieces together and tightening the screw you have a reasonably secure join. If these parts are missing in the kit, they can be ordered on any construction site.

Are cam locks easy to break into?

They are typically easy to break into by drilling or using other lock picking tools. Some high security cam locks are designed to resist drilling and picking, but are more expensive than standard units.

How do you open a cam lock without a key?

For a simple cam lock, you can get an old standard blade screwdriver that you don’t care about messing up. Use a hammer and drive the screwdriver into the key slot, the further the better. Use a pipe wrench on the screwdriver handle, and turn. In most cases, that will torque the lock open.

Are cam locks interchangeable?

Are Camlocks Interchangable? Between manufacturers, cam & groove couplings are interchangeable as they are built to the same standards. (The standard for cam & groove couplings is based on the US military specification Mil-C-27487 now superseded by A-A-59326D.

How is cam lock fitting measured?

How to Measure A Cam and Groove (Camlock) Fitting

  1. Female camlock size is determined by measuring the open end or inside diameter of the female camlock.
  2. Male camlock size is determined by measuring the outside diameter of the male camlock.