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    What do you call this?
    I think it's a kind of lock, but don't know what exactly its name is.

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    Default Re: What do you call this?

    Quote Originally Posted by peppy_man View Post

    What do you call this?
    I think it's a kind of lock, but don't know what exactly its name is.
    It appears to be a dead-bolt lock.

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    Ayuda-Tulong, thanks for your quick reply.
    It's called a "dead-bolt lock"?
    Certainly the lock doesn't seem to depend on a bolt,
    though I'm not an expert on etymology...
    Anyway thanks!

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    Default Re: What do you call this?

    Quote Originally Posted by peppy_man View Post
    Ayuda-Tulong, thanks for your quick reply.
    It's called a "dead-bolt lock"?
    Certainly the lock doesn't seem to depend on a bolt,
    though I'm not an expert on etymology...
    Anyway thanks!


    The bolt is in the picture, it's the long, thick metal bar.

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    Default Re: What do you call this?

    Oh, it's the bolt. I see.
    But why it is called a 'dead-bolt lock' still remains unsolved.

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    Default Re: What do you call this?

    I have heard it referred to as just a 'dead lock' in the UK.

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    Default Re: What do you call this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I have heard it referred to as just a 'dead lock' in the UK.
    In the UK it is usually called a deadlock as Tdol says, sometimes a deadbolt, or a mortice lock. I have never heard dead-bolt lock,

    'Dead lock' means you need a key to lock it and unlock it, so it differs from a 'latch' that is spring loaded and locks when you shut the door, without needing a key.

    'Mortice lock' means you have to cut a hole, called a mortice (same as a mortice and tenon joint), in your door for the lock to go in.

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